After being inspired by all your jaw-dropping tanks on this forum i decided to start up a new tank.
My goals for this tank are to setup a low-maintenance, low-tech tank for as cheap as possible, but still have something beautiful (The tank is going to be in my bedroom so it needs to look great).
Tank: 285 liter - 105cm x 55cm x 65cm - Custom drilled overflow (Herbie design)
Stand: Wooden office table 120cm x 60cm (I had to add extra support to this table in the form of wooden beams as the tank is ridiculously heavy and i'm terrified of flooding my room).
Filtration: 100 liter (Long) Sump with filter pads, 10kg ceramic rings, possible hornwart refugium.
Lighting: 4x 20w Compact CFL (6500K) - DIY reflectors
Substrate: Organic potting soil, Pool filter sand cap.
Flora and Fauna:
I live in South Africa so i am rather limited in terms of what species of plants i can get my hands on - especially the more exotic plants and the ones i can find are rather pricey.
I am aiming for an Angel tank with lots of java-fern, some sort of carpet plant and some sort of small bush like plant with some white river rocks - Ill just have to see whats available at the LFS (Ordering online is not an option - shipping costs more than the actual product!).
Table has been braced and tested with the full tank - very sturdy, no leaks.
The lights have all been wired and the light hangers have been bent into shape.
The sump has been re-siliconed and leak tested.
Drill the three bulkhead holes into the tank. (I've been putting off doing this for so long now as im petrified of cracking the tank and then its all over).
Plumb the Herbie overflow.
Fill the tank with substrate and scape it.
1) Will the 4 x 20W CFL's be enough light for the tank? i was thinking of getting another 2 and then having 2 rows of 3 lights along the tank.
2) Are there any downsides of using a overflow/sump in a planted tank? i don't often see them used here on the forums and was wondering why.
3) Does it matter what type of potting soil i buy? Miracle grow is not available here.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! I will post some pictures once i have the plumbing done and keep this thread updated as i go along.
Hope you all enjoy! and sorry for any horrible spelling/grammar writing was never my strong point.