help a planted tank newbie out
Okay so, I originally asked what book I should buy to help me out and that didn't go so well.I think there's probably more experts on here that could help me without the whole book idea so I'm just starting over and this is what I have/want~
What I would like to have is this:I want a beautiful tank with beautiful fish.It's a 40 gallon tank,would love to make it for discus or angels with some cardinals etc,and use what I already have.
I have a T5 HI-GLO light I think 20,000 k totally-BRIGHT! imo anyway. I have amazon sword,and java fern,wisteria and anubius barteri so far.
Current inhabitants now are a few small gymnogeophagus who have no interest in the plants,just sifting and making a mess.Needless to say,they can all be moved out which I am sure will need to be done anyway.I have plenty of tanks for this.
There's a mixture of black sand and flourite gravel in there as substrate and I dose the tank with Kens freshwater plant and pro plant about once a week or 2 weeks.
I was thinking of ripping the tank apart and packing the bottom with an inch or 2 of soil and then putting all the substrate I do have back on top of it.
Questions are : Is the above substrate enough and light okay?Any other plant suggestions or any other suggestions on better ferts etc would help as well.Also should I rip the tank apart and start over with soil?
I want low light,less maintenance,no c02 and have no problem trimming and adding the ferts I need to.I guess,I kind of want to do it in an old school sorta way but make it beautiful none the less.I don't need to own or grow exotic species,just nice easy growing beautiful plants.
Thank you in advance,