I've had planted tanks for a few years now with great success thanks to this forum, but they've all been small. So I decided to take the plunge and go for a larger tank. I live in a third floor apartment in the city so I couldn't go too big. so I decided on a 50 gallon. The 18" depth is awesome, and the 36" width makes it look smaller than it is, which is nice in case the landlord stops by. I could tell him its only a 30 gallon and doesn't weigh more than my girlfriend and I standing there.
The search begins. Money was an issue. So I set a limit of $500 for the whole set up, plants, fish and all. And for the tank I set a limit of $50. I started searching Craigslist every day, It's funny how many people post 55 gallon tanks as 50's. I probably asked 20 people what the dimension of there tank was. And had my $50 dollar offer turned down by just as many. Then I see a complete 58 gallon oceanic setup for $100, the same footprint as the 50 only 2 inches taller. I still want a 50 so I just bookmarked it. About 2 weeks later I realize that finding a 50 for $50 is not going to be easy, so I go back to my bookmark and its gone. The next day, feeling kinda discouraged I check craigslist. And there's the 58, and now he's only asking $50 for it. It was a good day.
I've had a 20 gallon planted for around 3 years and moved everything over to the 58. The move took the better part of a weekend, but there were no casualty's and the water parameters stayed in check.
Tank : 58 Gallon oceanic, 3/8 thick glass
Stand: DIY all particle board with figured cherry veneer, designed and built in 10 hours.
Filter: Eheim 2217 and Rena XP1 till I get a powerhead.
Lighting: 1 96watt power compact 6700k and the stock light with a 30watt 6700k T-10.
CO2: Aquatek regulator (not the best but works fine for me) 5lb co2 tank, DIY pvc reactor on the output of the 2217.
Dosing dry ferts using the estimative index method.
Anubias barteri 'Nana'
2 Bristlenose Plecostomus
2 Leopard Cories
3 Dwarf Cories
7 Harlequin Rasboras
2 Pearl Gouramis
2 German Blue Ram's
1 red phantom tetra (his 2 buddy's jumped out of the 20)
unknown amount of Cherry shrimp
The tank is a work in progress, but I like where It's going.