Hey there, so been a long time lurker and just ingesting as much information as I can but I am looking for some help to give myself the best chance of success. So first off a bit of background, I have been keeping aquariums now for about 5-6 years and about 3 ish years ago I dabbled into the planted tank world. I've been able to keep a low tech tank with beginner plants pretty easily up until now. In smaller tanks such as my 10 gallon and 29 gallon. That tank I used a Finnex planted + 24/7 and eco complete and the last few months even started down the CO2 road but plants never really took off but didn't really die either.
Well I noticed some pretty bad bubbling in the silicone on my 29 gallon tank and it's xmas time and I managed to score a really cheap new 75 gallon. So I am going to be documenting my build and progression of the tank but I wanted to get some opinions and suggestions.
Standard Aqueon 75 gallon
I am building that this week, pretty simple I will try to take some pictures to show that progression.
I am looking for some advice, like I said I've used a Finnex planted + 24/7 previously but didn't see too much growth except my low light plants like anubias, swords, java ferns etc.
I am looking for a good fixture that isn't a complete budget breaker. Some of what I was looking at please let me know thoughts:Substrate:
- Beamswork is this enough output?
- 4ft 4 bulb T5
- Fluval Planted 3.0?
As I mentioned before I've used Eco-complete previously but I think something else may provide more benefit to the plants. I don't want a huge ammonia leech as I will be migrating my current 29g into the 75 pretty quickly. I was thinking on of these:
- Fluval StratumFilter:
- Dirted? With sand? But I wasn't sure I want to go that route. (I see myself stirring it up)
- I know black diamond blasting sand is popular but need to supplement with root tabs right?
I was thinking of just running an aquaclear 110 with an additional powerhead to increase the flow a bit but would definitely be open to an affordable canister filter.
I have a 5lb tank and regulator from GLA that I am currently using on the 29 gallon
Currently have a 150w Jaeger in the 29, do I need to upgrade for the 75?
Not completely set on this yet, I currently have some Candy Cane Tetras but I am thinking of maybe stocking some rainbows or something but not discus or cichlids
Also, I figured I should mention some goals. I would like to do some sort of carpet in the tank. It doesn't have to be something like baby tears but S. repens or like MC would be fine. And I'd also like to possibly keep some of the easier to handle red plants.
I haven't mentioned dosing above but I plan on figuring out how that all works and get some pumps up and going soon. I just figured it out for the reef tank so it should be pretty similiar
Thanks for the help and lets hope I can do this right, this is my biggest tank build yet and decided to go freshwater planted over upgrading my reef