Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Jackson Hole, Wy
Grand Teton planted project...40br High tech
1st of all I would like to thank all the help I have got on this forum what a great community!
I debated every aspect of this tank, from tank size to substrate, what water to use, lighting, heating etc. etc. etc. after all it is my 1st FW planted tank and I want to give me the best possible start to a successful tank. 138 posts later and I think i am ready to jump in.
coming from the SW world I thought this would be a easy boy was I wrong tons of info to learn.
40br as I have a few around. but mostly because I love the foot print. oh also I will be moving in a year or so. and moving it by myself is key. I am thinking of de-rimming it.
I debated on this for weeks hell I still am. but in the end I am going with black diamond blasting sand (BDBS) over ADA. for 2 reasons. 1. if a tons cheaper and there are many successful tanks on here using it. 2. like i said I will/could be moving in the next year and was/am not sure how moving the ADA would work out.
tank will focus on moss covered drift wood with a nice carpet and stones. for this I am trying to find it locally. I have a lot of cotton wood soaking. yes I know its not ideal more of a "soft hardwood" but out here there that or line or aspen. I also like “hunting” for it. for rocks I will do the same find interesting pieces. if all else fails I will order stones and driftwood.
I will be using my tap water 300TDS its well water so I think it should do good. might also mix so RO or even RODI into the mix( I have a 6 stage unit for my reefs) if I feel the need. I am hoping the plants will “tell” me. I am looking forward to the relative easy of WC without mixing salt. maybe I am wrong here to and WC will still be a choir?
oh I debated this for weeks, as well ,like any new comer should right. coming SW sumps made more since to me, but also wanted to branch out (pun intended) + have as little equipment in the DT as possible.
so In the end I decided on a canister filter. why? less tanks set up looks cleaner? easy of moving. now just have to not set up that 10G tank..haha
so I believe I am going with the sun sun 404B. the price point, easy of use, user reviews lead me down this rd over the Eheim pro4+ 350
in the end I just needed to make a choice. I am aware the the UV can damage the trays if left on 24/7. I will not do that.
mechanical= reuse sponge
fine poly floss to polish water.
will use carbon/ chemipure or the like in small bags if needed.
another hot topic of debate. but what I believe is the “right” light for me is the Beams work DA fspec. along with the dimmer. I will start out with 1 unit then get another in a month or so if I fell the need. but prob. will. I may also look in to the TC 421 controller but more research needs to be done there. for now basic on/off with dimming is all I really need.
oh man I was all over the place here being a complete noobie to CO2 hours and hours was spend online researching coming up with a affordable option reading threads/reviews etc. like everyone I wanted a quality piece of equipment that works and reliable for years to come. so many options to choose from, from DIY to plug in play. low end to ultra high end, single stage to double. in the end I keep coming back to the GLA single stage unit its more $$ than I was hoping to spend on a reg. but from what I hear there CS is top notch and a 3 year warranty. of course I am still open to options. brewing regs DIY etc.
looking at a 5 or 10# cylinder or just do the swap out. not a100% sure there yet. as far as diffusing I will use a DIY reactor.
was a little unsure about the inline heaters, but after reading reviews on here about the hydor inline heater that is the way I am going to go. keep the Ehiem heater out of the DT. also would like an inkbird temp controller.
I have a 40/40 metal stand from petco that I might use depending on where I end up setting this up. if not I will DIY and 2x4 or plywood stand. leaning towards an ADA style plywood stand.
might go next to my reef so I will make it shorter maybe only 24” we shall see.
been focusing more on equipment. but here is what I am thinking.tons more research will be needed!
not 100% sure on the type/types of moss to cover the Dw with but I would like a tight full moss. more research will be needed here.
java ferns, small leafy plants and a ground cover of MC and or dwarf grass.
also will plant some red stems in the back.
need to understand FW stocking a lot better but I am thinking a nice school of neon tetras 15ish. with a few other small schools of fish like 3-5 fish of CPD or CBD what is that website for stocking FW tanks? to see your bioload…
CUC clean up crew:
blue shrimp and a few snails
spend lots of my hard earned money on equipment! haha
de-rim 40br tank ad glass brace. build stand/use what I have.
collect more DW and rock.
build aquascape decide I dont like it. restart repeat 10X
get plants online no LFS around
blend moss and paint on DW and some rocks
plant ground cover and other plants
one month later flood tank.
do fish less cycle
add fish after done
enjoy beautiful planted tank!
thanks for stopping by everyone. i'll be updating this as I go along.