Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Dothan, Alabama
ALL my questions.
This is not my first-first planted tank. This is just the largest scale I've done. I've been around fish my whole life. I grew up helping my mom with her 150 gallon tank and two monstrous oscars. From the time I was old enough to help, I've had water changes drilled into my weekly schedule. The tank I'm donating now is one that for the last 2 years I maintained myself with a brackish environment with two 6" Mono sebaes. I sold my fish to The Fish Store **weeeeppp*** and I'm donating the tank now, because in a few months I'm going to be moving into a dorm room at the University of Montevallo.
I've pretty much been assigned the "duty" of figuring out what we need, since this whole thing is my idea. The group part of the project is assembling the pieces and maintaining the tank once it's set up.
That will be enough light to support a heavily planted tank? For substrate, I was thinking Red Flourite. Red because I was thinking of creating an Indian river biotype and all my research says the substrate is reddish? Also, if I use a substrate heater, a sand layer under the flourite to cover the coils and distribute the heat evenly.
Why should I not bother with a substrate heater? I've been doing research specifically for this tank for the last two weeks, but there are so many "aficionados" that post contradicting articles, it's a lot to sort through and make sense of. I figured the best way to get reliable information is from a forum of experience individuals that I can ask questions from and get feedback from.
I was thinking if I used a CO2 system, I would get a simple non-pressurized one. Petsmart has a $12 one. Is that a waste of time/money?
I think my instructor may have already order the light fixture. Is there any way to work around a shoddy reflector?
The site listed the specifications:
Fixture is 30" long x 7" wide x 2.5" high
2 65 watt, 6700K compact fluorescent lamps (Straight pin) included
2 cooling fans
Install over covered tanks only
130 watts total
The darn thing was $180 so I would have thought.... but then, idk lighting.
Thank you ALLL!!!! I am soooo excited to see people so willing to offer help. I'm anxious to see the looks on all faces of the people in class once it's cycled and we get to start adding FISH!!!!