After many months of planning im finally starting up my first serious tank and ive made a list of my expenses.
Tank: ADA 60-P $120
Filter: Eheim 2215 $110
Light: 24" Coralife aqualight 96w $40
CO2: 10# pressurized co2 with jbj regulator and DIY inline reactor w/ inline heater $50 (bought a full set-up and parted everything out except the CO2 system)
Substrate: ADA AS and ADA PS $50
Misc (tubing, ferts, check valves): $50
The tank is in my room, which is my garage, and on top of a counter top my dad put in there for me for my clothes and stuff. The granite is drilled for my filter tubing and electrical wires.
Flora so far:
Polygonum Praetermissum 'ruby'
Poaceae Purple bamboo
My cousin has a pair of GBR that have been trying to breed for the past month or so without success, either ill wait for the offspring or borrrow them for a month and try to breed them myself
Havent decided on the hardscape yet and ill be dosing EI
When the plants come they will be in a holding tank, waiting for my HC to come first so i can grow it emmersed unless i get impatient.
should i put some water into the AS just to cover the substrate in the meantime to let some bacteria form?
Like i said, this is my first serious tank and help/criticism is welcome