I'm returning to the hobby after almost five years' absence and have decided to do it in a big way: a 120g long dreamt of. My old 29g high tech tank was never that successful/stable and I always tried to do too much in it, so perhaps this will be the perfect palette. Everything is currently in the research phase.
Vision: A well-planted, high-light tank with contrasting leaf shapes, sizes, & colors, teeming with colorful inverts and swarms of small fish. Still haven't decided on a hardscape of wood or rock, or perhaps the "river through the jungle" look with sand and gravel.
Tank: 120g 48x24x25 with built-in overflows. Minimum amount of any sort of equipment visible.
Filtration: 29g sump with appropriate pumps, K1 media, and possible Purigen fluidized reactor loop.
Controller: leaning toward Apex system with pH (CO2), auto top-off from a small container, LED & pump control, leak detection, and dosing modified EI in solution.
. I'm looking for an on-tank LED system with wide enough coverage for a 24" wide tank and bright enough for high light at the substrate. Any recommendations welcome.
Dosing: modified EI (TBD
) appropriate for my 7.6 pH, 8 dGH, 7 dKH water; CO2 injection
Fish: some mix of brilliant rasboras, microdevario kubotai, pygmy cories, glass catfish, cardinal tetras, perhaps a dario-dario and/or sparkling gourami, ocelot danio. Number of species depends on which tend to stay together as a discrete group.
Inverts: PFR/Bloody Marys and OEBT/Tangerine Tigers from a breeder tank currently in process; various nerites and mystery snails; perhaps a CPO
Plants: some mix of lysimachia nummularia "aurea" (aka Golden Creeping Jenny), crinum calimistratum, elatine triandra, UG, h. corymbosa "stricta", hygro pinnitafida, limnophila aromatica, myrio mattogrossense, a. reineckii mini, vals, and some sort of small-leaved bush-like plant TBD
I realize this sounds like a riot of color and contrast, perhaps too much; I may have to tone it down somewhat.