my tank, now and yet to be
ok, so i have decided to try a high tech planted tank. before i run off and start buying stuff, i thought it may be better to ask first.
the tank is a 27.9 gallon (measurements approximately 30"x15"x14") glass tank that has been running for a little over a year now. it is running an otto power sponge filter and a single 20wt8 bulb in a aquaone fixture. the substrate is plain washed coffs harbour gravel.
now here are my plans.
i will soon be adding a fluval 205 and ridding myself of the terrible otto. so far, that is all that is set in stone. i plan to maybe add a octopus litemaster 2f t5ho with either a single 10k bulb for low light or dual 10k bulbs for high light. i might use mineralized topsoil substrate capped with fine black sand. pressurized co2 is a thought at the moment, but i would like to bypass this with diy and maybe excell if possible (at least until i am confident that i will be able to keep anything alive). the fauna will be 20 neon tetras, 2-3 german rams (after a considerable period of time) and either a bristlenose pleco or otos. the flora will be dependant on the setup i choose, but if i do go with high tech i plan on having many different types of moss on my driftwood, sunset hygros to keep the nitrates down, dwarf hairgrass in the middle to background, and either glosso or hc as a carpet.
i am not entirely confident on this setup, and dread the possibility of having to fight more massive wars against algae. i really would greatly appreciate help/suggestions etc.