I finally got around to starting a thread for my tank. Here are the details. Been up and running without plants for at least a month now. The current plan is to do a heavily planted high tech tank. Fish will be a mixture of South American species with either angels or discus being the focus.
Equipment in use right now
90 gallon aqueon reef ready tank
maple stand and canopy
25 gallon trigger system sump
mag 7 return pump
4 by 65 (260) watt power compact fixture with dual daylight bulbs
Looking to aquire
mechanical and biological media for sump
pressurized Co2 setup with ph controller
Now, I know there is much debate on whether sumps are good for planted tanks and if they can be efficiently designed to minimize the co2 loss. I am working on this. My plan is after 5 years this planted tank I will convert this to a saltwater system.
Here is a reverse durso that I did out of 2 1/2" pipe which is working perfectly as there is no bubbles what so ever in the sump and zero turbulence. More on this later.
My driftwood is from aquariumplants.com and is supposed to resemble a buried stump. I am considering adding another piect to fill in the middle.
My substrate is 1 inch of a very sandy, nutrient poor topsoil capped with 2 inches of pool filter sand. I am very excited about this substrate
I did add 10 Otocinclus affinis to help with algae. They will be permanent residents in the tank. They ate all algae in a short few days and I have been feeding with algae wafers but not sure they are eating them yet.
I need to get plants in this tank!!!!!!! Thanks for looking. I welcome any comments and suggestions as this is my first serious planted tank.