Description: 30 gallon/115 litre Oase freshwater tank, set up in Sep 2020. 2x LED strip lights set to run over a 7 hour period with some overlap to prevent algae growth. Internal Oase filter 400l/hr, media = 2x sponge, 1x carbon & 1x ceramic rings. 25% water change weekly. Most plants are from Tropica. Substrate is Tropica soil topped with 2mm black gravel.
Advice: Plan ahead! Consider doing a mood board before you commit. Research your purchases and consider what you want your aquarium to look like. The advances in tech & equipment vs when I started the hobby over 30 years ago are amazing. If you are going to add plants, consider CO2 to get the best out of them. Take time to enjoy your investment.
About Yourself: Recently taken up the hobby after a 15-year hiatus. After keeping Oscars previously, I took inspiration from planted aquaria I saw on various websites. Now my set-up is 90+ days old it's looking really good. It's very rewarding to see it take shape and relaxing to just sit & observe after a day's work.