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Question Planted tank with goldfish

I am creating a planted tank with goldfish (details below) and have been wondering which setup would be best for plant growth. The tank is going to be vertical with the entire back of the tank filled with the long low to mid light plants listed below. I will most likely be using a RGB
Chihiros LED or Beamswork LED strip light on top of the tank (I still don't know whether I should buy two lights or not), and I am not sure whether I should put the plants growing in the back in a long pot filled with substrate or just anchored down in the pebbles with root tabs and liquid fertilizers, and I would like the the plants to be able to outgrow any picking the fish will be doing on them (preferably 2-4 inches a week). Which setup would allow the most optimal plant growth? Should I go with two lights on top of the tank or just one? And what fertilizers should I be using in order to keep the plants below healthy? ANY feedback, either suggestions or changes I should make to the tank would be great! Thanks for the help!

-This tank is going to be a cold(65-70 degrees Fahrenheit) freshwater with 3 comets and a fan tailed goldfish (all around 3 to 4 inches in length), Its going to have small pebbles for the substrate (around 1cm or less), and i'm using a fluval 305 filter.
(I know they're not exactly the fanciest fish but I've taken them on as rescues over the past 6 years and always wanted to give them a larger tank)

-BASE: 18x20in with the 20 inch side facing forward
-DEPTH: 25in
-VOLUME: 40 Gallons
-The tank is a vertical tank

-These are the plants i'm planning to start with (recommendations and insight on plant choice is highly appreciated)
-Jungle Vallisneria
-Cabomba or Carolina Fanwort
-Crypt Spiralis

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