New 20 gal long... substrate/lighting questions
I just picked up a new 20 gallon long and a bag of flourite. I have a few questions before I continue, though. Please keep in mind that I have a limited budget.
1) With the bag of flourite I have, I managed a substrate bed of 1". Is this fine or do I need more? If I need more, can I put pool filter sand or pea gravel on top of it and still be alright?
2) I've been looking for some lights. I want to grow medium light plants or very low end high light plants. I REALLY like those ones that stand up over the aquariums, but I can't seem to find them. I'm not using a hood on this tank, unless the lighting I buy is either really cheap or comes complete. So, please recommend the wattage I would need (I'd guess 50+) and, if possible, a manufacturer. I'm open to any suggestions on this topic.
Once I get all my Q's answered, I'll be making a journal thread for any further inquiries. Thanks in advance!!!!