The equipment I will be using for the job. Open to any and all suggestions. Im hitting this tank hard this weekend!
Filter - Marineland C-360
I was on the fence about what filter to get. I use Fluval filters on my other 2 tanks, but I honestly feel that their "suction" quality isnt the best. I have push debris toward the intake, and seen just a gentle pull toward the intake on both of my models. Both are installed below their tanks, and there is no added polishing pads blocking water flow. Not saying they aren't a good product, Im just ready to explore other options.
I had heard good things about the SunSun filter, and the price was right, so I was aiming for that. I then noticed that so many filters have this design, including the Marineland. As luck would have it, I was in a Petsmart a few weeks ago, and I noticed a big 30% off sticker on this filter. Apparently it had been returned the next day, and all that was missing was the polishing pads. It was also on sale, so I was able to get it 30% off its sale price! Ended up spending around $90 bucks on it. Took it home, and set it up on my 55 gallon to get the some good bacteria going into it, and its working like a champ with no problems.
Lighting - Finnex 24/7 Planted Plus
I love these lights. Not having to worry about connecting stuff to timers is really nice and convenient, not to mention all the cool colors you can change it too. I work really late hours and am a total night owl, so I want to be able to appreciate the tanks at that time. These lights help me do that. I have my new 48" on the way, and was wondering....Should I put 2 of them on here?
Substrate - Florin Volcanit Rio Escuro - F
Ive heard wonders about this substrate, and decided to stop my dirted tank route, and do this instead. I waited on purchasing this substrate in hopes to get it on sale, and my patience was rewarded. This past holiday season, Dr Foster & smith had a really nice holiday sale. (25% Off I think?) I picked up 7 bags. Once they were delivered, 2 of them were split open inside the box. One was bad, but the other was manageable. I called them and they sent me 2 more bags, free of charge! So I have a little more substrate to use than planned.
I have an idea about its scape, but for now, i just want to get it filled and going. Ill make the aesthetic changes I want once its cycled.
Powerhead - Hydor Koralia Pump 565 GPH
Hoping this helps create a good current to help push around C02, and helps get debris to the filter intake.
C02 Tank - 10lb Tank
, and I just installed a new Aquatek Premium Regulator
on it. My old one was crappy so this should fix that problem.