I'm new to aquariums, and new to the forum. I recently moved into an apartment and inherited a 50 gallon tank (48x20x12 I think) with a stand, hood, new 3-stage Sandman pump, and some other stuff.
I've never had an aquarium bigger than a fishbowl, so I'm a total beginner. What I'd like to do is set up a simple, but attractive planted tank. I know I'm going to have to spend some cash to get started, and I'm fine with that, but I want to keep it as cheap as possible. I'm a fairly handy guy, but I'd rather not get into building anything too crazy.
From what I've read, I need to first get my lighting in order. The hood that came with the tank seems to work, and holds two 24 inch florescent tubes. I understand that for what I want to do (planted tank) that this isn't going to be enough. Is there any way that I can use this hood and maybe just replace the two bulbs with some fancy new ones with a higher output?
If not, and I have to buy a completely new hood and light setup, what are some low cost, pre-assembled suggestions?
Thanks in advance for your help! I'm looking forward to hearing from you!