I've decided to set up a journal or my journey into a "real" planted tank. My plan is to use an existing 30g Tall that has been sitting in the cormer of my office empty (I know!) for 2+ years.
Current materials are:
- 30g Tall tank and stand (standard flourescent light hood removed)
- Eheim 2026 filter with one tray of Fluval ceramic rings and one tray of Efisubstrat.
- 1 bag of Flourite
- About 10 ounds of "natural" medium sized gravel (rermoved from previous set up)
I envision an open top tank with a MH pendant hanging over it. I have contacted Tharsis for driftwood and he is going to put together a nice brachy deal for me. I picture the branches almost entirely covered wth some sort of moss. Maybe a larger rock or two in there for balance.
Equipment to sort out:
-- I really like the.. ehem... price of the 70wWand 150W MH pendants at Fishneedit. I also like the $99 lendant at Aquatrader. That one has a 150W MH, two T5 bulbs and moon lights, all separately powered. Seeems to be pretty flexible.
-- Is the media in the Eheim OK? I do need to order new filter ads. The old ones were funky. Did I mention that the filter sat off and FULL for 2+ years?
-- With a lot of light, I am going to have to do something for CO2. Eventually I'll work up to a real injection system, but I might go DIY at first.
-- Something I need to learn about.
Since I know everyone appreciates a photo, I will post a before and a one while I was painting the back black.
Pathetic dried out Anubias....
Note to anyone looking to do this... Painting outside on a windy day should NOT be done on your front step. You WILL be scrubbing. And you might get yelled at by the boss.
Masked and sprayed...
Next steps, it goes back on the stand and I connect up the filter. I also need to dig out the bag of flourite from a closet.