That's right. My very first freshwater tank of any kind. I do have some years of saltwater tank experience but I am already finding that it is a completely different animal. Aside from some similarities in water parameters, there isn't a whole lot of crossover.
I'm excited though. We have a 5 year old adopted son and when he asked if he could have a fish, all of that aquarium burn out went right out the window. Who can resist a school of neon tetra right?
I was browsing our local online version of craigslist, when I came across a guy who was selling this
set up. It was a 45g (13 x36 X 24) tank with the stand, filter, fake plants, etc.So, bought the tank, brought it home and stated doing some research. This of course was where everything changed. Originally it was going to be fish only with a quick setup and keep it all under budget so the boss (my wife of 21 years) stays happy. This was all before I started googling images of beautiful planted tanks and I was captivated.
So now of course the HOB filter....trash, fake plants....trash, 30W light......trash. And that is really okay. I just want it to look nice and run well when it's done. Here is the tank I found that I just fell in love with:
So can I make something like this? It's my dream anyway. So here is where I'm at. I primered and painted the stand white per the boss's request.
I've ordered the following for the new tank:
Eco-Complete 4 bags
API Freshwater Master Test Kit
The dimensions of this tank are going to be a challenge for sure. From glass top to substrate will be 21". I wrote to Finnex and he told I would be looking at approx PAR 50. If that is in fact correct, I can live with that. I just remember having a deep tank in the past and although it looks nice for display, in every other way, it is difficult. From flow to cleaning, deep tanks are just a pain. Nonetheless, that is what I have to work with and so we'll make it work.
One of my first questions has to do with flow. I am not sure what the Fluval 406 will actually put out in gph but my understanding is that 10x flow is ideal for planted tanks? I'm wondering if I should consider supplementing that filter with powerheads. In the photo I displayed above, there are at least 4 known plants in the tank. They include: Bacopa, Jungle Val, Dwarf Lily and Ludwigia Repens. Not sure if there are any others. In a video he created, he mentions that these are easier plants for the novice. I'm hoping so.
Well, I think I've written a short book to start with. I'm a bit all over the place at the moment. Please challenge me with any questions, comments or advice. I really need all the help I can get!