Well I started out as wanting to do this tank as a salt water tank but after my truck engine blew I started looking into fresh water again and decided to do a planted tank after getting some more info from another Reefer/planted tank nut
I built the stand and the hood about 1 year ago and painted the trim to match. got the materials that were suggested to me
as I was instructed I used 1.5 inches of organic soil, then added 1 bag of floramax substrate to help with the plants (not suggested but thought it would help), then pool filter sand.
this one bag spread really well
after that I put the decor in that I got from the local river and some rock I had from reefing and BAM!! start filling with water. ( I washed the stump off really well over the course of a few days along with letting it sun dry)
after this was all said and done I got the lights in the canopy and got the bulbs in they are 6500k and there are 4 of them.
after a day it was bad cloudy so I drained the water and filled it up about 3 times and it got alot better. also I have a ehiem 2213 filter hooked up and running on it now so the combo of the 2 has made it alot better.
just water change:
went to LFS and got these plants
it was cloudy but has gotton alot better just waiting for it to clear up a bit more.
well this is my first rodeo at a planted tank so tell me what ya'll think