I've finally been sucked into the aquascaping circle, unfortunately, I don't really have the $$ to go high tech so I'm just getting what I can with the $ i got
First started out with a goldfish, then went to tropical fishes (before i knew goldfishes were coldwater fish and a pest in the planted aquarium
) and then later added live plants (whatever was available from the LPS, which wasn't much) to get to the current 29 gallon that I have.
But over this summer I'll be switching this 29 gallon to a 55 gallon. I've been doing a lot of reading and research on what I need to set up a decent planted aquarium. However, I still need a lot of help with it.. so I hope to get some feedback from everyone.
My plans so far...
48" x 13" x 18" - 50 gallon... sitting in my room
DIY stand - in the works, the frame is finished
ODNO T8 fluorescent - one at 2x one at 4x to achieve approx 2.5 wpg
I used a shoplight with some polished metal as reflectors and takes up 12 inches for just two bulbs, the reflectors seems to work quite well!
One bulb will be a 6700k Philips daylight deluxe (nice blueish white)
-> Need recommendation for the other, thinking of a GE 9325K bulb to highlight the reds since the 6700k bulbs washes out the red
Substrate - peat moss, schlutz aquatic soil, soilmaster select
-> what do you guys think of that combination?
DIY CO2 till I can save up for the pressurized system...
Plants: still not sure what I want, but I love the look of PJAN's old chinese garden...
-> Foreground: gonna try out glosso, HC, and riccia and see what works.. (Trying to get some from the Shop and Swap section right now
-> Not sure about the rest
Fish: Really want a school of fish for a highlight so looking into rummynose tetras right now... But from the sounds of it, they are pretty demanding fishes...
SAE & Ottos & Florida Flag Fish - cleanup crew
German Blue Rams - Something blue and nice
Any advice tips you guys can provide will help
Hopefully this aquarium will turn out much better that the 29 gallon... and yes... the goldfish will find a new home somewhere cooler, but he seems to be doing fine in hot water and eating all my fine leaf plants