My New 55g Planted Tank
So I'm going to try and start a journal for the new tank I'm just in the process of setting up. I had a planted tank YEARS ago and I've really wanted to get back into it so I started looking for some secondhand systems and I managed to find a steal of a deal from a guy that was getting out and wanted to sell his whole system. He gave me everything he's ever accumulated so I had a lot of junk to sift through but I did get some pretty good pieces out of it.
To start wit the equipment:
-55 gal Fluval tank (36 x 17 x 21) - I'm really glad that this is a bit of an oddball 55 shape. The 17" depth gives me a bit more options for the aquascape.
-Fluval stand that seems like it was a package deal. The tank and stand were originally drilled so that the filter piping went through the bottom of the tank straight into the filter. I really didn't like having the big tubes right in the middle of the tank so I removed them and capped the bulkheads
-Fluval 305 filter w/ glass lily pipes
-Hydor 200W inline heater
-Fluval Fresh and Planted 2.0 36" Led light - The original T5HO lights that came with the deal had two lights that wouldn't work. I tried bulbs that I knew worked and nothing seemed to get it going. By the time I would have messed around with a new ballast and bulbs it was well over half the cost of the fresh and planted
-Pressurized CO2 with inline diffuser
-Ecotech Vortech MP140 (I think) powerhead c/w controller
-Reef Keeper Lite aquarium controller
I've just finished all the plumbing and leak checks, ran all the cables and tried to keep everything as tidy as I can. I'm just running it now to make sure that everything works as planned and then hopefully next weekend I'll plant it.
The plan is Amazonia soil, spider wood and some red lava rock for the hard scape. All the wood is soaking right now so that hopefully it sinks and leaches out most of the tannins by next weekend.
I've got a long list of plants I'm looking into and by no means will I get all of these but I will get some from the following list. Any comments on the ones I've chosen or any additional options are always welcome.
-Weeping moss (Vesicularia Ferriei)
-Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
-Microsorum pteropus 'WindelÝv'
-Cryptocoryne wendtii Green
-Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis'
-Anubias barteri var. nana petite
-Cryptocoryne wendtii sp
-Java Fern (Microsorium pteropus)
-Java Fern, (Microsorum Pteropus Narrow)
-Vallisneria Corksdcrew ( shorter type, 3 plants)
-Bucephalandra sp. Palm Tree
-Echinodorus (Amazon Sword)
-Cryptocoryne undulatus 'Red'
-Cryptocoryne wendtii sp Brown
-Cryptocoryne beckettii 'Petchii'
-Cryptocoryne wendtii de Witt ( Red)
I'm completely up in the air about what stocking I want to do. I,ve been considering rainbows (Parkinsoni in particular), bosemani rainbows, rummynose, red tailed black shark, celestial pearl danios, corys, amano shrimp. Every day I think about it or go into the store I change my mind about what fish I keep. I wouldn't get all of those listed but they are the ones that catch my eye. A community tank is the goal at the end of the day.
That's about it for now. I've just spent the day tidying everything up and making sure it all works well. I'll let it run for the week, work on the plant list and hopefully get the tank up and running.
Here are a few pictures of the tank and setup.
Thanks for reading.