Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
First planted tank.
Hi everyone. After more than 13 years out of the hobby I am picking up an 80 gallon aquarium tomorrow. Planning a basic planted tank, with Angels as a feature fish.
While I have kept fish in the past I have never had live plants. I do not plan on going crazy, just plan on having some of the more common easier to find plants. Don't want to get into CO2 or anything fancy.
Here's some of the stuff I have and the questions. I'm looking and open to any help and advice I can get.
The Tank is an 80 gallon (going by the dimensions) 48"x24"x16"
I am getting a Fluval 405 Canister filter with it. May add a second filter at some point as I see many people reccomend going quite a bit higher than the filter recommendations.
Planning on using black blasting sand as a substrate. Any advantage to adding any other fancy substrate underneath the sand?
I have no clue what to do for a light. Not sure if there is one with the tank, likely is. But I am expecting to get a new LED fixture. Any recommendations? I was something that will mount to the tank, this tank will be in my living room so don't want to hang something over it.
For fish the plan is to have angels (not sure how many yet, any thoughts?) possibly cardinal tetras, and some cory's and other bottom dwellers. Definitely open to thoughts on this.
As per plants I am not so sure at all. Thinking the common types, and want to stick to easy to keep plants. Some I have thought of based on my basic knowledge is. Swords, Java ferns, Anubias. Also definitely open to advice here.
Thanks for any help all. I pick up the tank tomorrow and plan on taking lots of pics as I go.