I am tearing down my current 40b planted tank because of algae issues and equipment issues. I am tired of Diy co2 and I am done with my HOB filter. I also have clamp on utility lights with CFLs and it just looks annoying after a while. I don't even like the look of the 40b as much either, it is too squaty.
The New Tank:
I am going to use my old 29 gallon that I have had in storage for a while now. I de-rimmed it about a year ago because the rim was warped. I had it setup for about 8 months and it held water fine so I feel pretty comfortable with it. I also have my old dual t5 fixture from my saltwater tank.(I bought LEDs for the saltwater tank). Now I have a de-rimmed 29 gallon with one nice light on it. I finally was able to buy black diamond sand so I rinsed about 35-40 pounds of it and it is ready to be added. I also have some 100% organic top soil to use underneath. I also have a Fluval 205 filter I got on Black Friday for $50 bucks. Now all I need is a Heater and a co2 system.
I have been waiting for a while now to get a co2 system and within 2 months I will try to have one. I am still looking at what I can get so I don't get anything I will regret later. I am wanting to have the ability to run from a full size tank and a paintball tank too. Not at the same time of coarse but interchangeably. I don't want to get used nor do I want to have it made for me. I want to buy every thing new. I want it to be simple also so I want to get all the parts from the same company and know they work together properly. I am really looking at these. Tell me which one will be better.
I am going to use my Marineland H.O.T. Magnum instead of the fluval as I have it on another tank. Do you think this will work well with a planted tank? I had it on my 55 gallon cichlid tank but I am getting rid of them so I took it and put an old hob on. I will wash it out to it is pretty gross.
I am using these old cube tables for now. They are pretty solid so I think they will be fine. I also used to have a huge tv on it and it was fine for years so I am keeping my fingers crossed. The tank is also not in the nicest looking area but it will have to do.
I am really tight on money after my co2 equipment purchase so I will be using some plants from my other tanks. I have an emersed setup in a 10 gallon that I am growing a few plants and not having to worry about algae and co2.
I have one 10,000k bulb and 1 actinic right now. I will get a 6700k to replace the actinic. I going to probably not have much of a hard scape. I have a small peice of driftwood I boiled today and have added it to the tank and I also have some smooth river stones. I will put pictures up later. I really want to have a HC carpet. For fish I am planning on Penguin Tetras or Neon Tetras and Ottos.
I have added a few rocks and a piece of small driftwood. I have had the water and filter running for a few days now and I have added 2 giant danios to start the cycle. I also started getting clipping of plants from my other tanks and started planting.