I am sorry for being so ignorant, I feel like I am asking a lot of questions lately. But I just got a new 36 gallon, and I am so confused about lighting. T-8, T-12, sounds like Greek to me but I know the difference between incandescent and fluorescent thats about it.
I am in the pre-aquascapeing phase and I really don't know the first thing about aquatic plants and their needs. It sounds really complicated with co2 diffusers, and special substrate, and special lighting, but the plants are not going to be the main focus of my tank so I was hoping to keep it simple.
So, here is what I know about my light, it says 30 inch fluorescent, and the bulb says 20 watt aquarium bulb. so my question is, is that good enough? I do not want to change a bunch of parts around to make this work, hopefully I just need a bulb or something easy. I don't want to change the hood.
I want about 7 plants in the gravel. I don't know what kind of plants, I suppose that depends on what I can have. but I don't know how to pick ones that will do well, as they seem to be holding back on the advice at the fish store, for example they sold me 5 white clouds, 4 tetras, and one CAE all for my 10 gallon on the same day.
The tank is about 20" deep. the substrate I picked out is just standard aquarium gravel. looks like it was screened to about 5mm but there are plenty of smaller pieces in there (I can still exchange it).