As I stated in my intro post, I am a recovering reef keeper and I am interested in diving into freshwater planted as a change of pace. I am burned out on reef keeping in general, but I am also sick of spending potentially hundreds of dollars on corals and and equipment, so I am looking to hopefully re-purpose some equipment I already have and I am looking for advice on if things will work or not, so here we go.
My intention is to set up a standard 10 gallon tank that I already have.
Standard 10 gallon
, back painted black.
I have a couple of heaters, Aqueon 150w or 100w
that I could use. I think the 100w heater is what fits in the 10 gallon size-wise, so I suppose I would use that if necessary for temp control.
I have a trusty AC50
that still runs fine, and was just soaked in a vinegar mix bath and cleaned. What kind of media would be best for it? I used to get the kits that fit this filter years ago, I think it was a sponge and carbon bag? Is that still recommended, or should I be looking at Purigen or some other kind of new-tech option?
I used 20 lbs of this in the same tank when it was saltwater: CaribSea Arag-Alive Bahamas Oolite Aquarium Sand
. It's basically just sugar fine sand though, its been stored dry for a year. Would this be a useful cap if I decided to do soil underneath? Still learning about freshwater substrates...
I currently have this LED light:
Wattshine 180W LED Large Angle Dimmable Full Spectrum
My thought is to turn the blue LEDs off (obviously) and turn the whites/reds/greens way down to the lowest setting possible. I have no idea what kind of PAR reading there would be for whites only turned way down, but it seems like it would be a low enough setting for this tank.
I also have this fixture:
Odyssea EVO LED Light 6x3w
If I turn off the 2 blues I would have 4x3w of white light, so 12 watts total. Maybe the better choice? Still learning about lighting requirements for plants...
That is all the equipment I can think of that I could possibly use for freshwater use. Please let me know if you think any or all of this would work for a low-tech planted 10 gallon!