Texan, it was recommended that I go with this one by GLA. It is amazing what we would do for our daughters.
Johnson, yes the 55 gallon will be tough. I know that I will have a hard time with the narrowness of its depth. I always told myself that I would buy a 75 gallon, which has the same dimensions, except it is 6 inches deeper. I even designed the cabinet with a 75 in mind down the road. A 75 gallon tank will fit the cabinet perfectly. Actually, the 55 gallon has a trim piece in the back from the bottom to the top to account for the 6 inch difference in depth. The reason she ended up with a 55 gallon is that PetSmart runs a 1 dollar per gallon tank sale periodically. I couldn't pass that up for her birthday.
I also know that my tank will not even come close to the AGA show tank. I just want to have something to model my tank after.
I'm actually looking forward to writing this journal. There will be a lot of mistakes, problems and outright OMG moments because this is my first attempt at a planted tank. I have kept fish for 20 years now and have bred angel fish so I have that part down but plants is new to me so I will make more than my share of mistakes.
I will have a lot of time to learn in the coming months though.
I am having my shoulder operated on and just was informed that I will have my arm immobilized in a sling for 4 weeks and another 2 weeks in another sling!!!! I am nearing my surgery day and am under the gun to get the tank operational prior to the surgery. I have to install the baseboard trim and then I can move the tank into position. I hope to have the tank operational around Thanks Giving. At least have the water, substrate and CO2 going. Then I will try to get some plants in before the surgery so I can have something to look at and keep my spirits up.
I just picked up my 10 lb CO2 tank today. I really wanted to go with a 20 lb, but it wouldn't fit in the cabinet. The rest of the CO2 equipment will be arriving next week. I picked up a couple of timers for the lights and CO2 solenoid. I plan on timing the CO2 to come on 1 hour before the lights.
This is turning out to be more than I planned on. I was thinking of a low tech tank but after I started looking at all the plants that I couldn't grow I decided to go high tech. I know there will be pit falls along the way, but with some research and some help from planted tank members, I will get there. What "there" is will be interesting indeed. I for one, will be interested in comparing my finished scape with the one linked in my first post.
I can foresee a 125 gallon in my shop if things go well..............