Hey all, I've been keeping fish in smaller tanks for the last 10 or so years, but last week I was able to pick up a 55 gallon tank, stand and filter for $100 (CAD). My previous tanks have been a 2.5 gallon Aqueon Mini-Bow with shrimp, an Aqueon 15 gallon column tank with a couple iterations of tetras, and goldfish before that.
I'm not sure how dedicated of a journal this will be, I tend to slack on this kind of thing, but I'll try to update it every once in a while anyways.
Currently set up low tech, here's the equipment so far:
Tank: 55 Gallon (48" L x 13" W x 21" H)
Stand: DIY by previous owner
Filter: Aqueon Quietflow 55/75 HOB
Lights: Standard All-Glass Aquarium/Aqueon hoods with 18" 15 watt T8 full spectrum lamps
Heater: Elite 200W submersible heater
Substrate: half pool filter sand, half organic potting soil with aquarium gravel cap
(4) x Red Cherry Shrimp
Blue Ramshorn Snails
(16 to 20) x Harlequin Rasboras (5 are currently in the 15 column while my 55 finishes cycling)
(4) x Apistogramma Cacatuoides (1M/3F)
(1 or 2) x Angelfish (I'd like 2, but I know they can be mean to each other)
hygrophila polysperma sunset
Unknown sword type thing
Unhappy "Scarlet temple plant" (Alternanthera reineckii)
Now, as with every planted tank newbie, there are always questions, but I'll post them up in the appropriate subforums. I'd love to hear your feedback, if you've stuck it out this long...
Here are some pictures of the tank over the last week as I've been setting it up. The water is still pretty tannin stained, it should clear up over the next bit when I get some new carbon filters in it and change the water a couple more times...
Full, after a couple days to settle:
Tank lights only: