Hello all my first post in this forum (So be nice)
I am in the process of taking down my reef tank and are leaning towards building it into a planted tank. My vision is to make it look natural. A little driftwood and some 24-30" tall plants at the back of the tank reducing down to grass at the front of the tank.
The tank in question is a reef ready 210 gallon AGA 72 long x 24 deep x 30 tall. I plan to use the sump and return system to DYI some mechanical and chemical filtration in the sump. Anyone done this what are my problems going to be? how much water flow am I looking for in a planted tank?
The big mystery is lighting, I have found this http://ledwholesalers-com-inc.amazon...B001NDU9XG.htm
does this look worthy? I cannot find lumens output but I see it 6-7K color, it is not specifically for aquariums. I am on a tight budget but I don't want to go in halfway, if I can't do it right I don't want to do it at all. There is millions of options though, CFL, T8, T5, T2, LED. How much light do I need for low to moderate light plants? Is there plenty of low to Moderate light plants to choose from?
CO2 injection is it
necessary? Does an overflow and sump style system make CO2 in practical?
I will see if this thread gets some hits and then I will ask about substrate, fertilizers, algae prevention RO/DI water and all of the other changes I need to take into consideration.