Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Massachusetts, USA
My first planted tank..
Hey everyone! I'm new here.. and new to planted tanks... but not new to aquariums, been keeping aquariums for over 6 years, both fresh and salt water.
I recently broke down a 120 gallon salt water reef set-up in search of trying something new, and hopefully a bit less time/money consuming. I've kept discus in the past, so I wanted to set up another discus tank...
Now i'm sure some of you guys are thinking "yeah, a planted discus tank, that's not time consuming or expensive at all!"... well yes, i know that it is, but it isn't really when compared to high tech salt water reef set-ups.
Basically i'm looking to use the nice 120 gallon set-up (has a 40 gallon sump) and convert it all to freshwater, housing 6 discus, a school of tetras, and maybe some bottom feeders.... and oh yeah, PLANTS!
So i've never really done plants before, but i've read up on it a bunch and get the basic gist of things.
I'm basically looking for a "low-tech" yet densely planted setup..... and right now i'm in the "let's purchase all the equipment that you're going to need" phase... I'm hoping you guys can help me out with that...
I've already got the tank, the sump, and the light... but other than that i still need everything else. So i need the filter, the co2 (if it's necessary for my set-up), the substrate, and whatever else you guys can think of for me...
I'm looking for a canister filter... was thinking one nice large canister filteshould handle it well.. maybe a fluval FX5, or should i go for the eheim line?
Also, what should I do for substrate? I used flourite in the past, but never really had enough plants for me to judge it at all... because it's a discus tank i'm looking for a white sandy bottom... but i could always just lay pool filter sand over the substrate that is best/most nutrient rich for plants...
I'm not really even sure how to ask all of these questions.. basically i'm not sure what the best equipment to complete my task is... so if you were going to densely plant a 120 gallon fish tank, and moderately stock it with discus and tetras, what would be your course of action???
Basically looking for someone to tell me what to do next... tank was just broken down today... and i've been out of the freshwater side of things for years now, so i'm out of the loop!
Any help is appreciated.. sorry for the long winded post!