Well...I had started this journey in January by coming across an amazing youtube video displaying a really cool looking Fluval Edge that had been transformed into a planted tank that housed shrimp and a variety of DIY upgrades. From there, I started to do a ton of reading and now, as of Wednesday, ordered everything to start my tank...minus the plants and fish.
But enough about the background...
Anyway...I went ahead and ordered everything on Wednesday so this is what I've got coming. Managed to get it all for pretty good prices and a total of $178 which I thought was pretty good. In addition to what is listed below I got a gravel cleaner, thermometer, net, and API Test Kit...so considering all that I got, I scored a pretty good price on it all.
20G Long ($32)
Fluval C3 ($32)
2x24W T5HO ($40)
[B]Heater: EHEIM Jager 75W ($25)
Eco-Complete($23)/Miracle Grow Organic Potting MIX
Flourish and Excel (250mL @ $10 each locally)
Still looking for hardscape stuff but I'll eventually find it. Like I've said, I won't be able to stock the tank with plants/fish for about 8 weeks when I get back from being at home which is unfortunate because one of my LFS is in the process of phasing out their freshwater fish stock (going all saltwater) and is selling all of them at 50% off!
**As for the substrate..what type of soil would you recommend? And should I just cap it with Eco-Complete or half and half mix the 2?
**And as for the fertilizers...what frequency should I dose at?
I'll update this thread with pictures as I have them....but I will be going home (I'm a student at UCF) for 8 weeks and won't be able to really "start" my tank until I get back which will be the middle of August, however, after reading this article (http://www.aquabotanic.com/?p=1400
) I plan on enacting it's way of cycling a tank.
For those that decided to take a gander at the article, what do you think? It sounds to me like a way to cycle the tank and since it's a relatively simple way, I figured that I can give my tank to my girlfriend for the 8 weeks and have her maintain it and do the boring part of cycling so that when I get back I can get right into beautifying my 20 gallon piece of glass.