Hello all-- long time lurker, first time poster.
So I was lucky to get a 56g tank, stand, and lights (formerly saltwater) from my neighbor who was moving (and otherwise going to trash everything
). So after a lot of vinegar, scrubbing, and rinsing to remove all the coraline and salt deposits, I decided to do my first planted tank. I want to set up a low tech South American tank with emphasis on the Peruvian Amazon region. So here goes-- definitely feel free to comment, make suggestions, or criticize. Thanks!
56 g (30 in x 18 in x 25 in)
Orbit power compact fluorescent: 2 x 65 w (1x 6700k and 1 x 10000k daylights)
topsoil topped with an equal mix of dark and black Flourite (side note: I originally was going to use Miracle Gro Organic potting soil, but the bag I got resembled mulch more than soil)
lg piece of driftwood and locally found rocks
Echinodorus osiris (melon sword)
Echinodorus amazonicus (Amazon sword)
Echinodorus tenellus (easier) or Lilaeopsis brasiliensis (more aesthetic IMO)
definitely taking suggestions for plants (must be SA)
also looking to buy trimmings!
3 x Apistogramma cacatuoides (dbl red)
5 x black & white veil angels
5 x Agassizi corys
5 x otocinclus
15 x cardinal tetras
maybe a bristlenose pleco or two in the future
Here's the scape so far. Ignore the rock on top of the driftwood, the rasboras (not staying in there), and the tannin-y water. This is a great forum, thanks to everyone for sharing their knowledge and experiences!