Some General questions
Okay, so I am planning on a new tank for Christmas, around a 30-40 gallon tank.
I would like it to be between a low tech and a high tech tank. I am having some trouble deciding on lighting, wood, and the substrate.
I know I would definitely be keeping Java Fern, Crypts, Anubias, Dwarf hair grass, and hopefully some stem plants.
My first question is, what kind of lights do I use? I was planning on a dual T5 system, but if I purchased a 37 gallon tank that would barely be breaking 2 WPG, so is it even worth it? I know the plants I listed above are generally slow growing, but I would like to grow my plants at a faster rate then I am in my current very low light tank.
Second, what kind of substrate is reasonable yet great for planted tanks? I would like Amazonia ADG substrate, but I don't know if there is anything cheaper at a cheaper cost.
Third, what kind of Co2 would I want to quickly grow the plants listed above? Would I even need Co2 with the moderate lighting?
Fourth, in my current tank I have mopani wood and I hate it. It has been leaking tannins for 5 months. What kind of wood would look great and not leak so many tannin? I even soaked my wood for two weeks before putting it in! Also on that thought, where could I get some cool rocks?
Lastly, What other plants could I grow that would grow at a moderate rate? (Sometimes I get so boring waiting for my anubias to grow a new leaf)
Thank you so much, and sorry for all the questions!