I started to convert my old 125G Goldfish tank over to a planted Potomac River Sunfish tank. I ordered two Finnex Ray2 and Finnex MonsterRays, should give plenty of light at only 18" to substrate. no Co2.
Some spec's are...
2 Finnex Ray2's and MonsterRay's
Safe T Sorb substrate at 2.5" deep
1 Rena XP3 canister
1 SunSun 304b canister
1 Longear Sunfish
1 Pumpkinseed Sunfish
1 Redbreast Sunfish
1 Northern Bluegill
small school of Spotfin Shiners
Here is a picture of the Potomac taken in April before the Val grew in. Once its June, the Val fill the shallows.
You can see the bottom and rocks in this picture though.
In fact, the rocks in my tank came from the Potomac River, right out our back yard.
I will update again Wednesday once my LED lights get here. I originally ordered the Finnex Ray2's and the MonsterRay's, but the seller on Amazon was out of stock on the MonsterRays, so I ordered two Current USA Satellite LED plus, they also should be here Wednesday.
The Ray2's are primarily for the plants and the Satellites are for color reproduction of the fish. Plus with the Satellites, I get moon lighting which is nice.
Thanks! I am trying to get it to look like you took a small snap shot under water. The Bluegill will probably be the most laid back. The Red breast are pretty aggressive though. My experience with keeping BG in the past is they are not very aggressive. I really want a Green Sunfish too, but they are illegal in FL.
I got my Finnex Ray2 and Satellite LED+ lights on the tank. I have to say, the light over the Vals (Ray2's) look more concentrated but the two 36" T8's and single 48" T8 looked brighter. We will see. The shimmer sure does look pretty though!
125G Potomac River Biotope flora- Vallisneria americana fauna- LepomisSunfish equipment- SunSun 304B, Rena XP3, SunSun 302 running a Coralife Twist 12x 36W UV
Finnex Planted+ 24/7 LED system, Finnex Ray2 (6hr) 65G- single Oscar