New planted aquarium setup
Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm taking my 38 gallon aquarium (36" wide, 12" across, 20" tall) out of storage and setting it up this week with the goal of establishing a low-maintenance planted tank that will also, eventually, be home to corys, tetras, and possibly rams down the road. (It was home to a beautiful collection of African cichlids -- yellow labs and P. demasoni -- for several years, but they didn't survive our move :-( ).
Being relatively novice at planted tanks (the cichlid tank just had anubias nana on the rock formations), I was hoping for some advice on lighting, appropriate plants, etc. I plan to use a flourite (or similar) substrate with sand on top, and I'll have a large piece of driftwood somewhere in there. Also, I would prefer to skip any fancy CO2 setups -- I know that limits my options, but I just don't have time for the maintenance of such a system. Oh, and I'm using a Rena XP3 canister filter (now an API XP something or other...).
Finally, I've jumped the gun and purchased a "plant pack" from Live Aquaria that includes the following:
Micro Sword (Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae) - Potted (1)
Anubias Nana - Bare Root (1)
Chainsword Narrow Leaf (Echinodorus tenellus) - Potted (1)
Balansae Plant (Cryptocoryne crispatula) - Bare Root (1)
Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) - Bare Root (1)
Undulata Cryptocoryne (Cryptocoryne wendtii) - Potted (1)
Ludwigia Broad Leaf (Ludwigia repens) - Bunch Plant (1)
Rotala Indica - Bunch Plant (1)
Ozelot Sword (Echinodorus ozelot) - Bare root (1)
Chilensis 5 Pc (Sagittaria platyphylla) - Bare Root (1)
Wisteria Potted - Bare Root (1)
Amazon Sword Plant - Bare Root (1)
Myrio Green (Myriophyllum pinnatum) - Bunch Plant (1)
Moneywort (Bacopa monnieri) - Potted (1)
With those parameters in mind, I have a few questions:
(1) What lighting should I use? I've looked at the Marineland Advanced LED Strip Light (36"), which seems like it could be okay for a low-ish light setup. I don't want to introduce so much light that I will have to supplement CO2 (although I could do something like Flourish Excel or similar).
(2) Are any of these plants incompatible with my suggested setup? Many seem to be amenable to low light judging from the plant profiles on the site. Not sure about CO2 requirements.
(3) Any other general comments or suggestions?
Thanks in advance. Once I start setting up, I'll try to do a photojournal post here. Looking forward to it!