Left the hobby for a while, looking to get my feet wet again
It's been several years since I had a high tech planted tank. The water at my new house is very hard and the difficulty of a planted tank was too much at the time. I switched over to terrariums, but it's just not as rewarding as my previous aquariums. Anyway, I decided to create a paludarium with a water feature so I could do both. My new tank is a custom build using PVC board and will be 5 ft wide, 24" deep and about 30-36" top to bottom with 12-15" of water in the bottom, approx 75 gallons. I plan on using some large LED spotlights to get light into the water, which will be mostly RO/DI water (to reduce the hardness) and CO2 injected. I'm really hoping to use some of my favorite aquatic plants, but I'm unsure if the light will be strong enough from that distance. Obviously, I'll have to stick with low-medium size plants due to the water height. B japonica, S Repens, some Crypts, P helferi, ferns, Buce. I'm seeing a lot of new stuff that I would love to try but I'm not sure the light will be bright enough. Most stems are out, but I'm open to suggestions of plants that stay under 12" tall.