I have been reading this forum for quite a while, and have had planted auqaruims before, but this is my first try with compressed Co2, mid to high lighting, and Florite substrate. To start off with this was a plan to settup a Oceanic 110 show(48"x18"x30")that I had gotten for a steel, but with a very bad back I couldn't SAFELY work on it so I had to sell it! SUX A BIG ONE! So I got a new 55gal tank and stand, and set it up with a Fluval 204, a deep substrate of Florite, Otto computherm 200 watt heater, and filled to with R/O water. The 204 was off another tank so it allready has Bact. growing on the boi rings. The fish are from the 110 and are 3 Terq. Rainbows, 3 Red Rainbows, 3 German rams, 2 Oto cats, 1 Bristle nose plec, 4 Silver Hatchets, 3 Cherrie Barbs(for hair alge control), and 2 Albino Cory Cats. I have a 5lb Co2 tank with dual Regulator from BeverageBarn. For now I have a shop light with Life Glow2 bulbs, and 2 55watt PC retro kit that I installed in the light hoods that came with the tank. I also have a Tetra 18watt UV ster. that is from a pond settup, but hey it still works!! LOL The plants I am starting this tank up with are Corkscrew Vals and a couple of bairly alive amazon swords left from the 110, and a little Java fern from a another tank,also got some Red Lug from LFS.
I am only running the 2 40watt bulbs for now, as I still need to get my Co2 reactor settup. I am also thinking of swapping out the rainbows and hatchets at the LFS for a group of cardnal tetras and Angles. I have been keeping aquariums for over 20 years, but have never done plants due to the water being the way it is! Our water comes out of the tap as liquid lime stone, and due to the upriver dairy farms there is a huge ammounts of organics!! after keeping Saltwater tanks for a long while I was tired of the expense!! WOW $$ I know that a planted setup is not the cheapest thing to setup, but it is really only the upfront cost, mostly.LOL
I know that I am going to need a lot of help when it comes to doseing ferts, but I think thats a few weeks off, so please give me all the feedback you want, as I am unsure of myself getting into this.
Thanks for the help,
P.S. I will post pics tomorrow as the lights are off at this time!