My story: I successfully maintained a planted tank from 1996-2005. I basically used whatever equipment I could get and experimented all the way.
Now I decided to get back into it but I didn't want to do it on a budget. I picked up a package from a good local fish store that was set up specifically for anyone interested in planted tanks. It's been two weeks and I have a thousand questions that I hope you can help with over time here on the forum. But before I start, here is my equipment, fish and plant list:
- 70-gallon glass tank
- Custom built Cherry cabinet with hood
- Reaction 4 EFU-35 canister filter
- Root Therm substrate heating system
- CoraLife 24-inch professional series retrofit kit – 10,000K Daylight HQI Metal halide Lighting [1 x 150 watt], True Actinic 03 Blue Compact Flourescent [2 x 65 watt], Lunar Blue-Moon-Glow 470nm LED Lighting [2x1 watt]
- External Thermal Heater
- 5 bags of Flourite
Amazon sword, anubia's, microsword, bulbs, wisteria, ludwigia, umbrella plants, banana plants, java moss, java fern, hornwort and jungle val.
Rummy Nose Tetra, Neons, Cory's, Oto's. - Soon siamese alge eaters and amano shrimp.
What do you think about the light system?
Can i go without a CO2 system?
How often do i add liquid minerals like Flourish Fundamentals?
How do I handle the black hair moss on the microsword?
Thank you for help and I look forward to becoming an active member.