I've been lurking around here for a few months now while I've been getting my first aquarium (30 gal. FW) up and running. Lots of good info here. I'm now fully stocked on fish. (Eh probably overstocked by the time they grow up, but that's just an excuse to get a bigger tank, right?) I've now decided that my tank looks kinda ugly and it's time to ditch the plastic and put in some real plants.
I've purchased a 55-watt mod kit from AH Supply along with the bulb recommended in Rex's Lighting Guide. Hopefully this guy knows what he's talking about. I'm going to install it in the cheapo hood that came in my all-in-one tank package this weekend.
I don't really plan to go the CO2 injection route at this time. I'm not really willing to drop the cash on an injection system. I've looked at the DIY stuff, and I feel that if any fermenting is done in my apartment it will be to make beer for me, not CO2 for my plants.
So that's my situation. I've got a nice piece of driftwood with a good bit of open air above it, and I'm thinking Java Fern would be a safe play. I also want something dense and grassy to go in one of the rear corners of my tank. Anyone have any plant suggestions that might fit what I want, or any general advice for me?