Here is the current state of my Marineland 60G. Stock hoods and lights (T8 bulbs) will be replaced by a 2x54W T5HO 48" fixture. I think I might suspend it with the conduit method I saw earlier on here. I am running a Fluval 406 (stock media), but am planning on running my Finnex 360 to run my UV sterilizer (when I need to), and dose some extra Purigen for water quality.
I have some Jungle Vall on the way to start the background planting. Driftwood is also on the way. Hopefully the pieces are small enough to boil (I am an instant gratification kinda guy!). I will be dosing Seachem products(Excel, Flourish, Iron, etc). I am going to start with Excel and Flourish and see how that goes with my T5 lighting. The tank will have either a dark blue or black background as soon as it arrives.
I don't have much depth, but I think the Jungle Vall will give me what I am looking for - LOTS OF GREEN! I want incredibly clear water. Anything but that is very annoying to me (duh). The current substrate is about 1.5-2 inches of CaribSea FloraMax. Its all my LFS had and I think it will serve me well. I almost went with dirt, but that was a huge mess waiting to happen so I think with proper fertilization this will be sufficient.
This will be a community tank full of color. I am considering Rams, a big school of Tetras (not sure which yet), and I really want some Bosemani Rainbows. I will have to do more research on compatibility, but I believe it will work fine. Would love to have some loaches and cory's for the bottom as well. I will worry about that AFTER this thing is planted and growing.
What do you guys think? It's very early of course, but any suggestions and tips will be GREATLY appreciated! Criticism is very appreciated too! I want this to be the best it can be. Thanks for looking!