Hey to all. I am new to the planted aquarium hobby and loving every thing about it. This site has been a great help, and the users have given me so much knowledge. Thanks to all who have replied to my posts. So here is my set up now, please feel free to post comments, concerns, tips, hints, criticism, advice, anything.
I have a 55 gallon tank, I painted the back black, and have a black stand.
I have a standard 24'' top on the left, and on the right i have 1 standard 15w light, and a 65w Coralife aqualight.
I have planted most of my plants on the right side of the tank so they can get the most light.
On the left side (aka the dark side) i have a rock formation that provided great hiding spots for my baby Red Bellies. I am trying to grow moss on the top rock now.
Directly in the middle i have a large piece of driftwood.
As far as plants go i have:
1 Amazon Swards
1 Onion Plant
2 Anubias 1 on a piece of drift wood.
Some Micro Sward
2 Alternanthera Reineckii
2 Carolina Fanworth
2 Water Sprites
1 Tiger Lotus
Some Flame Moss
I Have 2 HOB filters that give me 300 gph of filtration, I cant wait until i can afford a canister filter.
I have 1 Marineland Stealth Pro Heater 200w and keep my tank at 78 degrees.
On the planted side I used 2 bags of Eco Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate. On the unplanted side i used 2 bags of small grain black pebbles.
I have a Powerhead in the upper left corner that creats a good flow across the first half of the aquarium dying out quickly after that (the drift wood protects the plants).
All advice would be great, so let me know what you think.