Plans for My First Tank, an ADA 60P
Hello everyone! I'd like to get some advice on setting up my first tank. Everyone has already been very helpful over in the introductions forum (thanks guys). I'm coming over here for some critique on the plans I have for my first tank, a 60P.
My plans are to do a basic high tech planted aquarium. I originally wanted to try a Iwagumi style aquascape, but decided it wouldn't allow me to plant as densely and diversely as would be best for my first tank. I have no experience with aquariums at all, but have been doing a lot of research on the hobby. I'm currently reading Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad. While I plan to do a high tech tank, the information in the book is still informative and useful.
So currently the only things set in stone are the tank, substrate, and hardscape. I'll list them below, as well as plans for some of the rest of the parts. Most of the choices I made were made based of past threads on this site.
Tank: ADA 60P with ADA Garden Mat.
Stand: Having one made similar to the one ADA sells.
Substrate: ADA Powersand Special S, Aquasoil Amazonia (Normal 9L, plus Powder Type 3L to top it off).
Hardscape: Ohko stone and two small pieces of driftwood.
Odds and ends: A light timer, API water conditioner and Master Test Kit, tool set. KH/GH kit. Syphon pump. Drop checker, bubble counter.
Co2: Victor VTS253A Regulator, DiyRegulators build kit, 5lb tank.
Light: Finnex Ray2 Aquarium LED Daylight.
Filter: Eheim Classic External Canister Filter 2215.
Ok, so now for some questions.
1. Number one thing I'm unsure about is the regulator. I've done a little research on this. Consensus seems to be that building one is the best route. However, I'm not really interested in building one myself, hence the Co2Art. That said, the price on the Co2Art with shipping brings me fairly close to the cost of building a pretty nice regulator. Does anyone know of someone that builds regs and sells them? And what the cost range would be?
2. Thoughts on whether or not one Finnex Ray2 will be enough for high light plants, such as carpeting HC?
3. Does the Eheim come with filter media? If so, will it work for my purposes, or worth upgrading?
4. Last thing. ADA Lily Pipes. Are they really that expensive? On AFA (where I bought my 60p), they run for a total of around $210 for both the inflow and outflow. If that's the case... Recommendations on generic ones that have an outflow similar to the "Lily Pipe P"?
I guess I'll stop there. Sorry for the massive amount of info. And thank you for anyone that takes the time to read through all of that and help me. XD
I'm open to all suggestions and input, and I'm not set on anything I haven't yet purchased. Thanks again!
Last edited by JosiahB; 01-09-2018 at 05:17 PM.
Reason: Added info.