Long time troller, after spending hours and hours on the internet, it is clear that this site and its community is far and away where I have found the most thought out answers to my many questions. Bravo and I am very happy to register and meet you all!
A little background, I have decided on either a 55 gallon or 75 gallon tank FW. I am going to start low tech and slowly try to introduce Co2 and ferts if need be when I get some experience under my belt. I have some t8 shoplights in mind that seem to provide a good PAR for what I'm looking for (once again, found the PAR values on this site!)
I have some good, hearty plants in mind as well, but with such a large tank I'm already feeling the pinch from the cost of substrate
I currently have 50lbs of Floramax which is all my local PetCo had. After picking up my jaw from the cost of how much MORE I would need, and reading a LOT about the mineralized soil method in the sticky section, I have decided to try the following
-1-2 inches (1 in front, 2 in back for some larger plants I have in mind) of minerailzed soil,clay, etc. on the bottom (per the sticky's instructions in the substrate section)
-1 inch of Floramax above that
-1 inch of fine gravel
I don't know if I'm possibly overdoing it? Should I maybe eliminate the gravel? Am I not considering enough variables in this equation?? HELP!
My question seems to specific to find anything on here about it regardless how much I search, so here I am. Any advice/constructive criticism is greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much in advance.