I have a 55g Discus tank in the kitchen in need of a re-vamp. It currently looks more worthy of mbuna cichlids, large and small rocks and 2 fake plants. I have been wanting to try a planted tank for some time now but having bad experiences with live plants in the past I put it at the bottom of my to-do list (I have skipped a few to reach it sooner
The current occupants include 4 discus, 5 cardinal tetras, 2 clown loaches and one little brown tetra I can't believe is still alive.
I have set up my old 29g to house my fish while their pad is being renovated. I just bought two Amazon Swords for it to give them some shelter, which will then be transferred to the 55g when it's ready. Although I think I'm going to have to get a new bulb for the 29g otherwise they will die.
- For the 55g I am going to add a 2cm layer of seedlings and cuttings soil as the first layer then a 1.5cm layer or laterite on top of the soil and as the top layer I want a 4cm layer of pool sand to prevent any of the bottom layers clouding the water.
^^Is this plan going to be suitable as a planted tank substrate?^^
- For the lighting I'm not sure weather to buy a separate bulb that 'claims' it's suitable for aquarium plants or whether to buy a popper T5 two bulb strip light for the tank made especially for planted aquaria. (I'm still a bit fuzzy about correct lighting)
, I have no clue whether to DIY it, pressurize it, or to liquefy it? Does the liquefied Co2 work? or is it completely different to what I think it is? I'd rather not fork-out for a pressurized system just yet, not until I'm sure planted aquaria is my 'thing'. Oh and does the carbon you put in the filter do anything for the Co2?
Any suggestions, tips or hints?
**Pictures of tank coming soon, once I get my cam back