Did I plant everything right?

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Hi, I just started my first ever planted tank. It’s a 30gal, I got everything including tank, filter, LED hood, 100w heater and gravel on the side of the road for free.

The only things I have bought so far are the fish which I owned previously in another established tank, and the sand. I say all this to emphasize that I’m on a bit of a budget 😅.

Here are the plants currently. I planted the java ferns and the alernanthera deep in the substrate so they wouldnt float away, and the dwarf hairgrass I planted patches of 6-10 blades about a half inch to an inch apart everywhere in the substrate. Does everything look okay, and do you have any other tips for ensuring my plants stay healthy? I will buy fertilizer if i need to but I’d prefer not to spend a whole lot of money. I heard that dwarf hairgrass prefers really good substrate so hopefully my fluval is enough.

EDIT: Also I went around and trimmed every patch of dwarf hairgrass that was 2 inches or higher, is this too aggressive?
 

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The Java ferns will die if the rhizomes are under the substrate. It's best to super glue or tie them off to something like rocks or wood
Oh my goodness I didn’t know that, thank you. I will move them ASAP.
 
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Being on a budget and doing things on the cheap is the best way to really learn and find things out about this hobby. We are dealing with simple plants , for the most part , and generally hardy small fish. Anybody can buy their way to a nice tank .
It’s true, I wouldn’t be where I am with my humble aquarium knowledge if I wasn’t constantly googling if things are safe for my fish 😅
 

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But... you can't get to this site without it 🤣

(Unless you have another searching tool)
I meant as far as researching fishkeeping, lol....once you join here, no need to search anywhere else ;)
 

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