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New to Planted Tanks - Help with Set-up please!

Hello all-

I'll preface this post by saying that I've been lurking for a few weeks and gaining knowledge where I can before starting this "help me" post that is constantly posted. I'm sort of an obsessive researcher in my hobbies, with aquariums joining that list.

I've had non-planted tanks for 4-5 years now, without having one running for almost a year. Had a huge loss of fish and let the hobby go for awhile. Ready to start it back up. Would like some advice on plants and overall stocking.

My set-up:

Hardware:
46G Bow front tank
110W Oceanic fixture (from CL, came with tank. Will upgrade lighting in future if plants need it)
2x Coralife 55W Full spectrum daylight bulbs 8000K I believe
Eheim Classic 2215
Hydor inline 200W heater
GLA Primo regulator
10lb CO2 tank
ATOMIC inline diffuser from GLA
Waterplant CO2 indicator

Hardscape:
Some driftwood and rocks. Not happy with the driftwood I have so far, looking for something more branchy. Would love help with hardscape. I know I desperately need a background also. Unsure of what would look best.

Substrate:
100lbs eco-complete

Flora:
No real ideas on specific plants. Would love some ground cover of some sort. Hope the 110W of light will suffice. Willing to try any plants that I can get my hands on. My LFS can order almost anything I want/desire. Love mosses and floating plants also.

Fauna:
10-12 Diamond tetras
8ish Bleeding heart tetras
8ish Panda corydoras
10-12 Pygmy corydoras
1 Albino pleco

Need a statement/centerpiece fish. Thinking a pair of German Blue Rams, a Gourami or some sort. Boyfriend also really wants a shark of some sort but not sure it will get along with others. If it doesn't work, I won't be heartbroken.

So far, I have all of my equipment ordered and on it's way but the GLA order (waiting on the diffuser to come back in stock). Looking for help with the hardscape and ideas on what plants I should look for. I love in the North Bay Area, so I've been told I have hard water. If you need the exact numbers I can pick up a test kit tomorrow.

Sorry it's so long, let me know if you have any questions and thank for in advance!
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Welcome to the planted tank! I am not good with choosing centerpiece fish, but I do like German Rams.

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i dont think the 2215 is enough filtration for a 110 gallon tank, its barely enough for my 20 gallon
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i dont think the 2215 is enough filtration for a 110 gallon tank, its barely enough for my 20 gallon
I think MissGreen08 has a 46G.

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It looks like you have the right hardware and substrate. I will get one more filter, either one more canister or an AC70 hob.

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Your centerpiece fish doesn't have to be the biggest fish or brightest...It's personal. Whichever is your favorite. Usually schooling fish are better center pieces because they will usually do their normal routine of follow the leader around the tank, which when you have a large school (20+) It's really incredible.


And so far, you have 2 sets of tetras that are red, so put something that will pop against them, but also get along with them.


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I think MissGreen08 has a 46G.
I do have a 46G. Not sure where 110 came into play. Probably mixing up different threads, it happens to me all of the time.

So I would really need more filtration? I would prefer not to get a HOB since I don't want anything extra in my tank besides the input or output from the canister.
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Does anyone have any ideas on plants for me or where to get a better piece of driftwood? I'm really not happy with what I have right now. I feel like it's boring.
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For driftwood, check the swap and shop forum. Plantbrain sells a lot of nice wood on there. I plan to get my next piece from him. There are a couple of other people that sell nice wood pieces too.
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I think MissGreen08 has a 46G.
whoops you are right, it was early and looked at the 110 under where it says gallons.
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I do have a 46G. Not sure where 110 came into play. Probably mixing up different threads, it happens to me all of the time.

So I would really need more filtration? I would prefer not to get a HOB since I don't want anything extra in my tank besides the input or output from the canister.
i would add something else, i have 2215 and the flow just isnt enough, i wish i got a 2217 or something bigger instead
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Get an xp2 or xp 3. Free shipping at petmountain or try Ken's fish.

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I haven't got the 2215 yet, just ordered it when BigAls was having that sale on Canister filters. Bummer that they aren't still on sale or I could exchange.
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Is the DSM a good idea if I want to get my ground cover looking lush before I get my tank going? I am patient enough to do it I think. What is relatively fast-growing and will grow under my lighting?
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Have you made it down to Albany Aquariums yet? If not, I highly recommend a trip. Great selection of plants and fish and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. They’re not cheap, but they’re worth it IMO.

I’ve also had great luck with the Swap Shop (I swear all the plants I couldn’t find at AA showed up in the SS in the past week) and I’ve heard great things about the San Francisco Bay Area Aquatic Plant Society:

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