So I just started a 30 gallon planted aquarium.
Here is the breakdown:
It's dirt. Organic soil topped with Flourite.
I have a single fluorescent bulb. Nothing fancy on the lights just yet. I hope to get there eventually.
No CO2 but just like the lighting-I hope to get there.
Since I'm not running heavy lights or CO2 I currently went with Amazon Swords and Tropical Hornwort. Hardy yet still look really good.
I sunk a piece of driftwood. Not sure of the wood itself. I found it in a local parks creek. Treated it and soaked it for days. Seems to be fitting in with the exception of growing an odd cotton like fluff stuff around it. I've read into it and from what I gather it seems to be no problem and after time will go away.
I have a AquaClear 30 filter and a Aqueon heater.
Today I added 2 Black Kuhli Loaches. The guys simply hide all day which is, from what I've read, pretty normal. I plan on adding about 3 more this weekend.
I'm treating the water with the basic "make tap water safe" stuff and I have an ammonia test kit that came with the tank.
So with everything mentioned what could I add to brighten things up?
I really love the look of Angelfish and Skirted Tetras. I also like the random untraditional stuff like dwarf frogs and shrimp.
I work with Seafood filleting 20 to 30 lbs Halibuts and Mahi Mahi everyday. I'm hoping to counter some of the killing I do with fish by maintaining some aquatic life as well so I'm really hoping to not kill anything anytime soon. I understand though-[censored][censored][censored][censored] happens.