Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Centerville, ut
Here we go, My First Planted Tank, with track lighting to boot.
Here I go, I have always loved planted tanks and I finally get to try one. So wish me luck, and don't be to brutal. I will try and document this the best I can, so I can hopefully look back and see what a plant novice I was.
My tank is a 57G rimless 36x18x21.
I found the tank and stand on KSL.com classifieds (similar to craigslist but way better). The tank is brand new and the stand was made by the original purchaser.
The stand is rather unique, in that it is rather high, 41 inches tall. I am a little worried about the stand construction so I am gong to reinforce it with some 1/2 baltic birch plywood and then attach it to the wall because of the high center of gravity. I still need to make some doors for it.
The lighting (thanks to everyone on my lighting questions) is
2 - 30 deg EarthLED Lumiselect 36 watt dimmable LED PAR 38 bulbs 6000K (12 - 3 watt Cree xre )
1- 30 deg EarthLED Lumiselect 24 watt dimmable LED PAR 38 bulbs 6000K (12 -2 watt, I don't know the brand)
They are attached to WAC track lighting that will allow me to adjust the lights and add more if I need to. I have a dimmer inline and will add a mechanical timer. I have 2 more barn doors on order (the studio light shade things) and should be here in a week.
PAR reading at the bottom of the tank with just the 2 - 36 watt bulbs were around 100.
Substrate will be dirt (miracle grow) capped with caribsea flora max (midnight)
I have been hunting for rocks in the mountains and I ordered some Manzanita branches.
Filtration will be a sunsun canister.
Plants: I have no idea what to do here I am still researching this, I do not have a green thumb, so I think hardy easy plants would be best for me to start with.
Should I just try a starter package from aquariumplants.com or is it worth the $20 to have them make me a custom package? Or is there other places I should turn for plants. The LFS always seem iffy on the plants.
Hopefully I will have water in the tank come Saturday. Unless it would be better to plant the tank and then put the water in.
Sorry about the picture quality I will work on that.
Last edited by Husker13; 06-06-2012 at 03:20 AM.