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