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I am starting a 29 gallon planted tank. I am putting in HB Pastel guppies, so I'm using only plants from Asia or SE ...
I have not actually set this tank up yet. I'm still making a good plan which is the most important thing you can do when making an aquarium. This will be my first serious planted tank. My first one, I just had normal gravel, put some plants in, and experimented. I find that live plants are twice the challenge of keeping fish alive.
Live plants are not that hard to take care of at all. Unless you have a heavily planted tank, It can sometimes be a hassle. Plants help with nitrate problems also, they take in a lot of nitrate to keep it down low. They also look way better than fake plants. Hope it helps