1st time setting up a Marineland tank
First time here and first time doing a planted tank. I have a 30gallon tank with an Eclipse 3??? hood.Couple questions on getting things started. I bought this tank used and not sure if the bulbs are any good or how old they are. What is a good replacement? I am also curious about the blue filter cartridge that comes with it. Seems like it has very little use for a planted tank? Do I even need charcoal? Is this the best material I can put into this slot? I currently have a couple of plants in my tank and they have slowly deteriated. They look like they are turning yellow and rotting. I just recently even tried upgrading the substrate to eco complete, and it bounced back for a week and then went south again. Sorry for the long winded thread here, but I figured I would get it all out there. Thanks for your time and look forward to hearing from you.