I recently bought a 55 gallon tank for pretty cheap. It has been a while since I've had a planted tank, so I decided this would be a fun project. I built my own stand out of oak and walnut, which I just finished a few weeks ago. I've setup the tank, cycled it (using donor filter media from my other tanks) and put everything in order to start planting. Right now I pretty much have a blank canvas, with just a couple of decorations and some driftwood. I plan to set this up initially as a low tank tank, and move closer to high tech with a few DIY projects. I am an electrical engineer, so a lot of what I have planned requires the use of a Raspberry Pi computer, and creating circuit boards to control various aspects of the tanks. I'll be dosing ferts and Flourish Excel in the mean time.
Buildmyled 48" Dutch Planted Light
Fluval 406 Canister Filter
Hydor 300W inline heater
-Plant the thing...
-Configure Raspberry Pi computer to control light dimming and simulate sun cycle
-Configure Raspberry Pi to control three peristaltic pumps to auto-dose ferts
-Purchase/setup pressurized CO2 system
-Configure Raspberry Pi to control CO2 timer and monitor pH
Planned Stocking (Plants):
Dwarf Baby Tears
Planned Stocking (Fish):
6x Yoyo Loaches
10x Cardinal Tetra
My plants should be here Thursday, so I'll have some updates then. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!