Not new to aquariums by any means but rather new to the planted scene. Had tanks from 20-150g custom or basic. Going to be making a custom sized tank around 30g. 20"L, 17"W, 20"H. Been doing some research but need a few confirmations...
1. Will be building a custom hood with venting fans and pondering the route of a 4 bulb T8 setup or a few screw in spiral CF bulbs? Thinking about 3wpg mixture of daylight and grow bulbs.
2. Either going to do an intank corner overflow unit with a powerhead at the bottom accepting water from the top of the system dispersing it through an output hole in the bottom. Or the corner overflow unit with a HOB with the intake tube in the overflow and powerhead? Is a simple HOB with a sponge inside enough?
3. Should I just buy some of the overpriced fert substrate and call it a day?
Heater will be whatever I find sufficient, a paintball Co2 system will be used. My main questions are to do with filtration and light schedule/output. Will be using easy to maintain plants not sure of what yet but the point of the Co2 and high lighting is because I have the tools and skills to build a custom hood with ballasts and a Co2 system as I'm a carpenter.
Any tips would be great.
Here's a picture of the overflow I built in my cycling 20H salt tank way back.
(powerhead connected to top output, sponge, bio material, heater and HOB filter intake tube all got hidden in there the whole concept worked out nice)