I'm Back in the Game!! 20 Gallon Long
It's been about 2 years since I have had the pleasure of maintaining a tank of my own. First, a little bit about myself.
I am 19 years old, and have been addicted to the hobby since I was about 8 years old when I got my first 5 gallon tank! Ever since, I have come a long way, tried just about everything : Classic "Shipwrecked" tank, Tropicals, Cichlids, and of course planted tanks.
I really didn't get too far into my planted tanks, only had them up for about a year before I had to take everything down for college. Well, due to the cost of state school, I am back home at my apartment and going to community college. So of course, I figured, why not?!
I have been polishing up my knowledge over the past week and a half or so, and think I am ready to jump right back into the game! I have decided to bring back to life my 20 Gallon Long. This will be entirely from scratch because all I have left is the actual tank, I got rid of everything else.
I cleaned the tank up a bit, it was covered with mineral deposits and hardened scum. I took some freshly squeezed lime juice and white vinegar to it and it came right off!
I also made a few purchases to get the ball rolling:
- 30" Glass Versa Top
- 30" Twin-Tube Black Strip Light (comes with a couple cheap bulbs)
- 1x Coralife Colormax Freshwater Bulb 24" 20W T-8
- 1x Life-Glo 2 6700K 24" 20 W T-8
- Quiet One water pump Model 1200 (296 GPH)
- 5' Vinyl Tubing 1/2" ID
I feel that was some money well spent. The pump and tubing I plan to use on my DIY Canister filter I plan on building. I built one for my 55 Gallon African Cichlid tank a few years back, worked extremely well. This should be easier, as it won't be quite as big.
I still need
-Substrate (More than likely Eco-Complete. I was thinking 2-3 20lb
bags should be enough, no?)
-Heater (No biggie)
-Filter Media (Coarse Pads, Bios, Polishing Pad)
-Couple DIY C02 Bottles (inline reacted through canister filter)
-Small HOB Filter w/ more bios, no Carbon (surface tension)
-Water Testing Equipment (any reccomendations?)
Just thought I'd stop in and say hi to everyone. I am still waiting for the o.k. to move into my appartment. As soon as that happens I'll get stuff set up, and post some pics!
Until then, feel free to discuss/elaborate on my ideas/purchases =p