Newbie taking the plunge
Hello…long time gazer, first time poster here. I have a lot of questions, so please be patient.
In the last 2 years, I’ve admired other people’s planted tanks, gotten myself acclimated to keeping up with an aquarium, purchased equipment for future use, and I have spent far too many hours researching. I drank the Kool-Aid, the future is here, and now I’m ready to take the plunge!
Here are my ideas;
I currently have two tanks. A 32g cube, and a 20g(h). I would like to start with the 20g for a planted tank. I think the 32g cube would be more difficult because there’s a lot less ground space to work with, plus my wife likes it the way it is, and the 20g is just sitting in the garage, empty.
My guess would be that the 20g tank would be high light. I have a 2x55w light kit, but could only run 1x if it’s too much light.
Here’s the equipment that I have so far, then I’ll tell you what I’d like to do;
Co2 regulator, tubing, bubble counter, cylinder
Inline PVC reactor
eheim 2234, fluval 305 (not sure which one I’m using yet)
AHsupply 2x55w lighting
From all the gazing I’ve done, I really like the white sand look for the floor. Would I need to use substrate below that…fluorite, eco-complete? Any recommendations on where and what kind of sand to use?
I would like some ideas on plants for the beginner to start with, and for the 20g(h) size tank. I really like the anubias, and would like a nana stuck in a piece of driftwood for a center piece. I like the looks of some type of ground cover, but I don't really want to cover up that beautiful look of the white sand...so, perhaps a bit of short grass here and there, but nothing that would overtake as ground cover. I'd also like a bit of color, and like the looks of Ludwigia.
I think my lighting may be a bit high. Am I correct to say that I’d be at 2.7w per gallon if I’m using 1x55w light? I have a couple of 6700k bulbs.
As for fish...I'm thinking a school of rummy nose tetras, two angel fish, and a couple of gouramis. Or perhaps I'll just stick with some small schooling fish. My focus isn't really on the fish for this tank, but rather the planted part of it.
Any other tips for the beginner would be appreciated!