I have a 30 gallon tank and I really want a vibrant plant tank. What my goal to do is have a tank with a handful of different types of plants and I would like to put a couple rainbowfish in it as well.
I have already bought a good amount of plants without really doing any research and now I feel like an irresponsible pet owner. Good thing the fish havent came in yet...
The plants that I have right now are Dwarf Rotala, Vallis, Cyperus Helferi, Moneywort, Pond Lily Bulbs, Water Wisteria, Peacock Fern, White Ribbon (just realized these are semi aqautic... gosh I suck). I have a couple others that i forgot to get the names for. I will get them on monday when they reopen. (I think one is a type of cryptocoryne, it has red leaves and comes from a bulb.) Oh I also have some Duckweed in there!
I have an air pump suitable for 80gallons (top fin air-4000) and a 3 stage canister filter from Aquatop (suitable for tanks up to 75gallons). My lighting which I am very not happy with is a National Geographic Customizable LED Lighting Track (2 channels, channel 2 has a dimmer on it) and I have three of the pods set for plant growth, two lunar blue pods, and 4 cool white pods. Now the reason I am quite sad with this fixture is because I have found people talking about not using them for growing plants, just for fish.
I remember now that I have harder than normal water.
I also bought co2 booster from aqueon and some plant food from them as well. I plan to buy a co2 diffuser eventually.
The tank has been set up for about 24 hours now (with plants included) didnt have the extra filter at the time of filling the tank up and adding the decor and accessories. I have noticed that a couple of the plants are already turning translucent or darker.
Oh I keep my thermometer at 79 degrees.
Picture of my tank is attached. Thanks for any input and I will be very grateful for all the help you can provide!
Also my Vallis is starting to show heavy signs of iron deficiency after just one day.