First I need to say that I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT KEEPING LIVE PLANTS!! With that being said, I'll give you some of my background. I have kept Saltwater Reef Tanks for many, many years with great success. I am considering doing a planted tank and I need all your input. Here is what I have to start with.
75g drilled tank with internal overflow( reef ready tank), 20g sump, ATI 6x54w T5 light fixture. I need to know about co2, substrate(I like the look of white sand), lighting, can I put a canister in my sump instead of the main tank?, can co2 be injected into the sump so the return pump takes it to the tank?
I want to keep as much equipment as possible OUT of the main tank. Just think it looks better.
So let me have it. Help design my possible system. Thanks in advance for any help you can give. I will be reading this forum alot for info as well.
I'm new to this forum myself, but I have kept FW planted tanks and SW reef system for years.
Basically both systems work the same way. You get lots of money together, then you spend it on your aquarium system, and you have a fantastic system and no money. So what's the big problem? (grin, and just teasing)
Getting serious, the systems are similar, in that both need good light, filtration, feeding as so on. IMHO, the difference is that the way from point A to point B is achieved differently.
I found two books to be especially helpful when it comes to planted tanks.
Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants
by Peter Hiscock
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium
by Diana Walstad
Perhaps other know of additional books. I think everyone should have a good personal library on the area of the hobby they are interested in.
The net does have just about all the information you would ever want, but it's not all in one place, and there are different opinions on the way to do things. Having a book gives you a place to start.