first try at a planted tank 90gal
this is my first attempt at a planted tank. I used a lot of the information that I read on this forum to start the tank. Looking for some advice as to how to proceed next with lighting, filtration, cycling etc.
I bought this tank used and refinished the cabinet and canopy myself. That alone was a chore.
The filter that came with the tank is an Eheim 2226 Pro.
Vortex filter (for fine filtering) I don't even know how to use this.
3 Ehiem external heaters
Two eheim auto feeders
Eheim Canister filter skeleton that the old owner told me he used it for introducing peat into the tank (can't imagine how that went)
AllFlourite that also was included with the tank. In the tank right now are rocks that came with the purchase inclusive of the petrified wood piece in the middle. The two pieces of driftwood I purchased on Craig's list for $10.
Cleaned most of the substrate myself and left some of it "dirty" because there was some good organic material mixed in. I used this as the base and covered the "dirty" flourite with the clean stuff.
Lighting: A lot of options....Very High light need advice here.
2 GLO T5HO 2-bulb 54watt fixtures. Each fixture has mixed bulbs...1 Power Glo and 1 Life Glo for a total of 216 watts.
Under the hood (see pic) is 2 power compact bulb retro fit kit with two reflectors. The bulbs that are in this are 65watt Hamilton bulbs (i think 10k). The bulbs are 18" and look like that are two bulbs stuck together. I don't think they are HO.
Right now I'm using only one GLO fixture with the retro fits that gives me 238 watts of light, still high right?
Another fixture came with the tank and it's an older Coralife fixture with four of these power compact bulbs with built in fans. When I took this fixture home, only 2 of the sockets was working (the other 2 were damaged or melted).
On the back of the Canopy are 4 DIY computer fans to cool off the lights(see pic).
Starter fish 3 platys and 4 Swordtails.
Last edited by newplanter; 04-18-2011 at 05:22 PM.