Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: West Chester, PA
New to the forum, would love some input.
Well, I am brand new to theplantedtank, but not to the hobby as a whole. I have had aquariums in one form or another (FW, SW, reef) for about 20 years. I have never had a “planted” tank. I’ve had live plants plunked into some gravel, but never a tank set-up with plants as the focus or with them thriving. I am excited about starting one up. Right now I am in the planning stages and would love to get some feedback from the folks on this forum.
In my house, I am limited to a 30X18” footprint and have a liking for tall tanks, so was thinking about a 56 gallon column tank (30x18x24). My questions about this tank are 1) will the center brace cause a distracting shadow? And 2) will my lighting be sufficient to have light loving species. I currently have a retrofit set-up for my 20G reef that I will be using on my new tank. It has 2 24” T5HO bulbs and 2 65W CF bulbs. This is not a ton of light for a reef, but based on what I have been reading, it seems like it could work for plants.
Additionally, how much flow is appropriate in a planted tank. I have plans to use some equipment I already have, but don’t know what size (gph) is appropriate for filtration/flow.
Thanks for all of the help.