So I feel it is a necessary to provide a little bit of backstory to help you folks kind of understand where I'm at.
I have 20 years of dealing with tanks of all shapes and sizes under my belt. A few years ago my reef tanks were growing into an overwhelming obsession. I was propagating coral in a room in the basement and i had another section of the garage completely filled with quarantine tanks and refugiums along with automated systems to do water changes. It was an extremely expensive and time consuming hobby. I loved it.
Two kids later and a growing construction business left me with no time to devote to the hobby that I loved (not to mention cash flow) and my tanks started to suffer. I made the decision to break it all down and focus on the the more important things in life.
I miss it though. Not necessarily the ever increasing obsession with water quality and lighting, but the feeling of awe at the tiny piece of nature I was able to bottle.
I stumbled across a few pictures of award winning planted tanks a few years ago and I was mesmerized. I went out to the my local fish super store and purchased the main pieces of what I wanted to try to accomplish. Shortly later we decided to remodel the kitchen and because the tank is located in the adjoining room I decided to wait on final setup until the remodel was completed.
In the mean time I did a ton of reading and bought a lot of the supplies I thought I'd need to make a really nice setup.
Work got crazy busy and this tank along with the supplies have been gathering dust ever since. (actually two years
) Now with winter howling outside, I've decided that enough is enough and I am going to set this thing up in the coming weeks.
I have tons of patience. I don't rush. Experience tells me that haste makes waste, so I am willing to take my time and get this right the first time.
All that being said, I was going through my equipment today and it dawned on me that not only do I not remember what some pieces are for, I don't even remember buying them!!
Here is a list of what I have so far. I would love any input on pieces I am missing, or some recommended reading to get me up to speed.
My tank is a 60 gallon cube rimless.
24" tall x 24" deep x 24" wide