I'm new to the forum here. I was pointed in this direction by a friend and I've decided to document my tank from the beginning.
The backstory on the tank is that I was previously a reef keeper. I had an Innovative Marine Nuvo 24 gal that blew out a a corner while I was out of town and I lost all of my stock including some very old fish. Needless to say, I wasn't happy and contacted the company and after some back and forth I ended up with a new 30 gal Nuvo, stand, and a bunch of other equipment.
I didn't want to go back and start another reef tank, nothing to start over with, not enough cash to do it quickly. I decided to go with a planted tank. I've always wanted one and it seemed like a good challenge.
So my current tank which I just filled tonight consists of the following:
- 30L Nuvo rimless tank with built in filtration
- Maxspect Razr LED light (leftover from reef tank)-completely controllable with 6 different time settings
- about 1" of organic peat based topsoil capped with 1" of black sand
- 1 piece of cool driftwood
- vinyl screen top to prevent future hatchetfish I hope to have from jumping out
- Cobalt Aquatics 75w heater set at 78
I have a fluidized reactor in the box still, not sure if I'll use it or not. I also have an RO/DI system with brand new filters that I'm not sure if I'll use. I filled the tank with tap water though.
I haven't figured out what kinds of plants I'll be putting in there. The substrate is raised a bit on the left side of the tank with a more open area on the right.
I'm a little concerned that the light I have won't have enough lower Kelvin spectrum. The light is awesome but maybe not in this application. I also realize that I'll probably have to get into CO2 injection at some point but that is something for the future.
Lots to learn and I hope to gain a lot of knowledge from this forum.