Please tell me if this sounds like a sound plan. I’m a plant newby.
60 gal tank (4’)
2 sponge filters powered by power-heads.
Substrate: Bottom ½” - potting soil dusted with crushed coral. Middle 1.25” – Eco complete. Top 1.25” – Flourite.
Fauna will be very light: a bunch of shrimp and a school of some little fish TBD
Lights: 2 X 54W T5 18” above tank.
CO2 – DIY + Excel.
Ferts – ½ of the EI method for this size tank.
It’s been running with very low lights, 1 large piece of driftwood, several Anubias, and about 20 cherry & tiger shrimp for about 1 month (cycled before that). Shrimp doing fine.
Installing T5 lights & adding a boatload of plants & a few little fish this weekend.
Future would be to add pressurized CO2, lower (more like 8" instead of 18") lights, and increase EI to full strength.
How about my lights, CO2, ferts, substrate, lotts-o-plants method for getting started.