First and foremost, I am a new member and this is my first post!!
I have been on/off/on/off... in the aquarium hobby for years. I have had everything from a community tank, Discus Tank and even a Salt Water FOWLR tank, but never a planted tank. I was out of the hobby for years focusing on other stuff. I started to get the bug again after I finished my basement and put a nice 10' bar in it. So enough about that, details are below of my new setup.
125 Gallon(72" x 18" x 23")
hth Pool Filter Sand
2 Eheim Jager 300 W
Stock Lights - for now.
So the plan for the tank is a Low Tech Planted Discus Tank. I know with low tech I am restricted to certain plants. With it eventually being a Discus tank and needing the temperature between 82 - 84 deg. F, I am even restricted even further with plant selection. I do not plan on dosing with CO2 but adding nutrients as needed.
After I got the tank up and running I started an fish less Ammonia cycle for about 2 - 3 weeks. So I thought I was all set after the ammonia dropped to 0 ppm. I started dosing the ammonia to 5 ppm and 12 hours later it would drop to 0 ppm. I tested Nitrites every night waiting for it to drop to 0 ppm. Then the day finally came so I did a 50% water change. Two days later I went out and bought some fish, 20 to be exact. Neon, Bush Nose and Bloodfin Tetras and two Albino Corys. All were pretty small because I did not want to overload the filter. Even after being in the hobby for years, we all make mistakes. As I was testing the water I forgot to shake the chemical bottles. So my conscious decision to NOT sacrifice fish to cycle the tank was all for not, all but 6 fish survived 7 days.
I am ready to buy some new lights and defiantly want LED lights. I was leaning toward two 36" Finnex Planted+ 24/7, but now researching the Fluval Fresh & Plant 2.0. As I said it will eventually be a Low Tech Discus tank but I would not want to limit myself if I decide to go with a couple medium light plants. After researching both lights, they each have positives and negatives. I have read the Finnex build quality can be spotty and remote has issues at times. The Fluval touch power button can be trickey and the expensive WiFi option has issues as well. For two Fluval's and eventually the WiFi option would be about 2x expensive then the Finnex option. I plan on purchasing lights in the next couple of weeks, suggestions are welcomed!!!
Progress pictures are attached.
Day One nothing exciting but I did got overboard on the depth of the sand. I removed a lot of it and max depth in any location is 2".
Day 30, The scaping is going to change. I have some new driftwood that will be arriving tomorrow so most of the rocks will be removed to make room for the driftwood. I will post updated pics next week. Constructive criticism is always welcome!