I am finally putting together a 40 gallon tank that I have had
sitting around several years. I was originally going to set up a low-tech aquarium, but have decided on a lowish-light injected CO2 planted aquarium. My goal is to have as low maintenance(for high tech) as possible.
What I have so far:
40 gallon acrylic aquarium
Coralife T5no 36" on top of aquarium
5 bags of Onyx sand over mineralized soil with dolomite and potash
Rena Filstar XP-L
Dual Stage Regulator(built by OldPunk!) with 5lb CO2 tank
For plants, I am thinking of glosso and dwarf hairgrass for foreground and midground and for the wide open are on the left. A few crypts and some fine leaved stem plants will go on the right.
For dosing and fertilization I will be going with the standard EI with pressurized CO2. NYC water is quite soft, with 1-1.5 kh, 1-2 gh out of the tap.
Water quality report: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/wsstate11.pdf
. I am not sure about the Onyx with pressurized CO2 as it add slight buffering, any comments?
Right now I am working on the layout. The aquarium will be visible from three size, so I have to keep that in mind. I have some nice driftwood as seen in the picture. I need to find some nice rocks, which is proving difficult in Manhattan.
Any comments, ideas, criticisms would be welcome!