Gathering materials for a planted 28 gallon bowfront. Have a few questioins, looking for suggestions/opinions.
28 Gallon Bowfront
24" Glow T5 HO Double 48W (2-24W) http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...m?pcatid=19759
Marineland Emperor 280 BioWheel Filter
Eco Complete Substrate
Co2 of some sort
Well I just don't know as of right now LOL I've got a bit of research to do.
Considering the following inhabitants ((Haven't made decisions on exact combo/ratio of species))
Tetra School - either rummy nose or neon
Pair of German Blue Rams or Perhaps Peacock Gudgeon
Celestial Pearl Danios
Otto's or perhaps a smaller pleco or two
Amano Shrimp or Cherries ((Cherries dependent upon amount of hiding places/moss for them to avoid the GBR's or Peacocks))
Snails? I'm sure to get a few off plants and the such, but I've been seeing some really nice, larger aquarium snails on different posts ((something to look into))
Okay onto the questions and other general info.
I'm pretty much clueless when it comes to my lighting situation. I was able to get this set up for a good deal from a friend, and have NEVER worked with high lighting.
As I understand it: this lighting fixture would put me into HIGH lighting. I've read the thread often linked on here about how to determine lighting for T5HO - and quite honestly... it was like greek to me. I have a basic understanding that some plants require higher light and Co2. Prior to this tank my experince with tanks have never gone higher than 1.25 Watts of lighting and really basic DIY Co2.
I have NO clue what plant types would do well in this lighting. I'd say it's safe to say that I need to start out with the more forgiving types of plants - AKA plants that don't require me to reach into the tank and pet them and call them cute names, in order for them to thrive. Suggestions would be very kind. ((I'm not afraid of good reading material, assuming it's geared toward someone who does not have a degree in biology))
My current plans include DIY Co2 of some sort, mostly due to $$$ issues. Just from looking around, DIY Co2 seems to have gotten a bit more complicated since I last tried it. My set up included a 2 Liter Bottle and some tubing, check valve, put into my HOB filter. Would anyone mind posting a few good/your favorite DIY set ups and instructions. ((Again, not afraid of reading material))
Another Lighting question:
If I only ran one of the two bulbs in this fixture, what level of lighting would that put me at?
Pictures to come!