This is my first attempt at creating a planted tank. I would really love to get some suggestions for my tank and/or criticisms.
my tank is A 72 gallon oceanic bow front my current filterization system is 2 penguin bio wheels each rated for a 50 gallon aquarium. I hope to soon replace these with a canister filter. Are there any filters that won't break the bank but are also of quality? I was thinking of using an Eheim 2215 classic.
Also I am creating my own topsoil substrate using the recipe I found here https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...s-updated.html
. I had been using that SERA foredepot because a certain aquarium store had told me that it was one of the best substrates out there he also told me that I would only need to use half the bucket (pictured) to fill the bottom of my aquarium and I believed him until later I read the side of the substrate and found out that the whole bucket was only enough for a ten gallon tank. I will not be going back to that unnamed store again (hint: it rhymes with cold norchard maquarium ).
I had bought some plants from the store and I do not know what they are as it is not printed on the bill so could you help me ID them? Will the plants I bought be ok in my aquarium as is until the new substrate is ready.
my lighting is a JBJ 4*65 I have 2 65w 65k bulbs in the front and two 65w 10k in the back. As of now I have no CO2 system but plan to DIY one once I have saved up again after buying the filter. here are some pictures of my tank and the plants I need help IDing
(I hope the images show up ok the process kinda confused me
heres my tank
heres the type of soil I'm using
started the minerlization process I covered it just to be safe
heres the substrate I shouldn't have bought
here are the plants sorry about the
2nd one I fliped it on Image shack but it did not transfer
here is a bad picture of what I think is duckweed sorry about the angle and the quality.
thanks for your comments and suggestions
one last thing is this actually 56k thought it was but wasn't sure so I played it safe