Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Pacific Northwest US
37g Tall Lighting recommendation?
Hi folks, been lurking for a while, first post. I've had a 37g tall (formerly) Eclipse tank. Until it crapped out on me some time ago, it had worked adequately, but I'm now moving on from the Eclipse system in hopes of a better planted tank. I have a Fluval 306 arriving tomorrow and am now considering lighting. My tank dimensions are 30"W x 24"T x 12"D. I previously had it set up with "lucky" bamboo, which I found to be aesthetically acceptable if nothing else. Otherwise sparsely populated with small plants. No CO2 or anything fancy, although I am considering the idea. I was limited in my lighting options by the restrictions of the Eclipse hood, but since I am abandoning it now I am trying to figure out my options. I would LOVE an LED solution, but am not optimistic due to the depth of the tank. This tank is first and foremost home to my 3 clown loaches, all about 12 years old and like dogs to me and my wife at this point, and previously to our numerous Amano shrimp which will be replaced at the earliest opportunity. Aside from that a goby or two. Plantwise, I would LOVE to have a carpet of short grass or moss. BUT what I want and can have are often 2 conflicting fantasies so I thought I'd ask what others think can be achieved given my circumstances. Would the mosses do well with lighting so far away? Would an LED system be adequate? For a green carpet, would I need CO2? I have about 2.5 to 3" of Flourite as substrate, been in there for... god 9 years or so, but the stuff I plant in it seems to do alright. I never have in the past but plan to try fertilizing. Any and all guidance or suggestion would be very much appreciated. Thank you!