I am new to the forum but not new to the hobby. However, this is my first planted tank! I kept community fish in a 20gal Long for many years, but that was a long time ago.
I got bit by the bug to get back into it and would like to share my journey with you!
First some spec's on my tank:
55 gallon perfecto 48"w x 12"d x unk"h.
--people say it's a bear to 'scape, but I designed a neat setup I like.
Current USA Nova Extreme 48" 108W T5 HO
--one 54W 10KK, one 54W Actinic
--48" 32W "FloraSun" 5000K NO fluorescent. Slightly pink in color, balances the actinic nicely. These lights should sustain plant growth, and really enhance the colors of fish and plants I keep.
Bio-wheel 350 filter
--I know about outgassing, but my water level is such that it just flows right onto the top of the tank without much disruption at all.
--this stuff is seeded with beneficial bacteria, lowered my NH3/NH4+ fast.
Aquaclear 200W heater
--for those cold winter nights
GH= 9 degrees dH
NH3/NH4+= 0.25ppm (down from over 1.5 ppm 4 days ago)
NO2- = 1.6ppm, (rising from <0.3ppm 4 days ago)
According to the flow chart in my test kit,
Any and all comments, suggestions and questions will get a response!
Thanks for looking, and without further ado:
The incomplete hardscape (right side feature still leaching tannins)
OK pic ofLeft side completed hardscape, including mini "cave,"
I have an all black or a blue fade background to put up, any suggestions?
Thanks for looking and I will UPDATE often