so I am newer to the forum and am currently planning for a 54 gallon corner bowfront that I just got. I currently have a 55 gallon traditional that I have neglected a little. I need to get it back in shape and then make the move over to the corner tank.
I like the corner tank because it takes up less room in and living room and the way my living room is setup I cant really enjoy looking at the tank I have. The view is obstructed.
I will be doing a medium light planted tank, and I think after posting many questions Ill be doing some DIY led lighting.
Things I still havent decided on.
Background- I kind of like the 3d rock backgrounds by aquaterra, I know I definitely want to hide all the heaters and fliter etc. I also had an idea just to put it all in the back corner and just block that off with a piece of that rock background or even some frosted plexiglass with holes drilled so the water can move. Some way of hiding everything is a must.
Subtrate- I have been going back and forth between eco-complete and ADA aquasoil. My water is a little hard and the PH is higher, around 8.2, but I am nervous about the affects the aquasoil will have on my fish who are very well acclimated to my water. So I guess I am leaning eco complete. Has anyone mixed subtrates? I have some plain aquarium gravel thats a tan color and I thought about putting that on the bottom to try and build up some layering and slope. Since I already have a bunch of that. I also have a full 20lb bag of flourite but I dont think I want to use that.
Hardscaping- I think I am going to use the driftwood I have in my current 55. I like it and so do my fish. so I will need to design around that.
Plants. Right now I have some anubius nana, a sad amazon sword and a stem plant that I have forgotten what it is. I have really neglected my current tank. I definitely want a ground cover and really like dwarf hairgrass. I could never get it to spread in my current tank and I hope that between the eco complete and pressurized co2 that will improve. I really would like some red in the tank some different color.
So I have alot of ideas and not alot of solutions so I am open to all suggestions. So I guess my next step will be to get some eco complete unless someone talks me out of it. This is going to be a long process as I will have to setup this tank and get it cycled and plants going before I move the fish over. Here are some pics of the old and the new.