I Need Help Planning My First Large Planted Tank!
I recently got into the aquarium hobby and have fallen in love! I am currently in the process of planning out my 120-gallon aquarium. It will be a low-tech tank with low lighting. Since you all seem brilliant and experienced, I wanted to share my plan with you guys and get some feedback as well as ask a couple questions. Also, I apologize that this will be a long post.
I currently own a Current Current USA Orbit IC LED (72"). The tank came with an Aqueon Quietflow Canister Filter, 200 gph. I am trying to decide if I want to use it at all. I also like HOB filters and plan on having at least one (easy access for medication and whatnot) and was planning on getting the Aqua Clear Filter - 110v. As far as heating goes, I have two Aqueon Pro 200 Heaters and I believe that that should be sufficient.
Is that sufficient lighting for low light? What would you recommend as far as filter(s)? Stick with the one I have and just get the Aquaclear? Or should I not use that one? What are the best filters? Do I need a powerhead? Any other feedback?
As far as my hardscape, I have a few Manzanita branches and one really nice Manzanita trunk (my center piece). I am using Black Diamond Blasting Sand as my substrate.
Should I add any rocks or stick with the wood? If so, what kinds? Should I put down any fertilizer in the substrate before planting?
As mentioned earlier, I have a for lighting. Based on that, these are some of the low light plants I am looking at: Ludwigia Repens (Background)(3x), Amazon Sword (Background)(3x), Bacopa Caroliniana (Background)(3x), Ludwigia Arcuata (Background)(3x), Anacharis (Midground/Background)(3x), Anubias Nana (Midground)(10x), Micro Sword (Midground) (3x), Red Nymphaea Rubra (Midground)(6x), Staurogyne Repens (Carpetish). I am not very set on this, and I have put things on this list and taken some off.
Would you recommend against any of these? Are there any other good low light plants I should consider (especially given my stocking)? Will I need root tabs or just liquid fertilizer?
After doing an extensive amount of research, I decided on the following stocking plan for this tank: Angelfish (5x), Juli Cory Catfish (6x), Bandit Cory Catfish (6x), Emerald Cory Catfish (6x), German Rams (4x), Dwarf Gourami (4x), Guppies (10x), Lemon Blue Eye Bushynose Pleco (3x), Apple Snails (3x), a handful of Malaysian Trumpet Snails, and a handful of Ramshorn Snails.
Is this overstocked? Do you have any concerns?