hello everyone, I've decided that i want to join this wonderful forum and start my first planted tank after seeing everyone's artistic aquariums. Just a little info about myself, I am currently an undergrad student at UCSD studying Management Science. I been in the aquarium hobby since I was a child, however i never ventured into the realm of planted aquariums before. I created this thread to share my first attempt at a planted tank and document the start-up, troubles i will go through, and how to maintain a beautiful(hopefully) tank. The goal of this tank is to create an Iwagumi style tank with HC and dwarf grass fields.
Tank: standard 2.5 gal AGA
Filter: nano filter (arriving soon)
Heater: marineland 25 watt
Light: Current USA 12" dual 18 watt with 10k/6.7k (i only have 1 bulb in there as of now)
Soil: ADA aqua-soil amazonia
CO2 injection: planning to do a DIY co2 reactor
Livestock and plants I want to add:
HC (just planted)
red cherry shrimp
1. can i use one 18 watt bulb or should i use two?
2. does anyone around UCSD area have dwarf hairgrass they can sell me?
I will post some pictures of the set up when the water is a bit more clear. I will deeply appreciate any comments or suggestions.