Ok this is my first journal so please bear with me as A
: I'm a Brit so will have to convert every measurement
: this is my first proper planted tank and journal
Will be setting up tomorrow as have most of the bits in place now and its the only chance I will get before Christmas due to work and various other commitments.
: 50 US gallons-ish, it measures 100cm x 40cm x 50cm (Approx " 39 x 16 x 20)
Cabinet is solid oak, made the mistake of taking my chap into a local fish store that sells these and he decided I could only have another tank if it came with a nice cabinet!
Twin T5HO 2x 39w (runs 24 or 39w but shop only had 39w bulbs in stock!)
Bulbs: 1x Arcadia T5 Plant Pro 34" & 1x Arcadia T5 Original Tropical Pro 34"
Eheim 2224 External (eBay special) but for starting up tomorrow I will be using a spare internal that I have due to some of the Eheim parts not arriving in time, they should be here soon.
Gravel & sand with cat litter underneath supplimented with some root tabs, I've skimped on this to start with and its probably a bad idea but I'm hoping it works ok, people here seem to have alot of success with this method.
Wood (2 bits of mopani currently soaking), pebbles and rocks (can't be more specific as I've no clue what they all are but they're aquarium safe)
Planned green stuff:
Java fern & moss, various crypts, some twisted vallis, various anubias, this will all be brought tomorrow as I'm making a trip to my lfs first thing
20 Cardinal tetra, 6-8 Julii corys and possibly a pair of rams but I need to check my water compatability first.
I'm not brave enough to try CO2 out just yet so lighting period will have to be fairly short as I don't want the dreaded algae to take hold, but I have it in my plans so my tank would be more medium tech than low tech in the future.
Here's a few pix of the tank and stand and a couple of plants that I'm liberating from our community tank.
The tank and stand:
A crypt, there are 2 of these that I'm relocating (if someone can identify it that would be good
I hope my pix aren't too big, I've hopefully made them small enough.
Will update tomorrow when everything is (hopefully) started!