Getting back into the hobby—75 gallon rainbow fish
Hello! I’ve been out of the hobby since 2009 and a lot has changed! Thankfully, one of those things is my budget, as I’m no longer an impoverished graduate student. My tanks were really beautiful back then, but I had some tragedies that could have been avoided if I had
I am setting up a 75 gallon aquarium. My plan is to run a set up with medium-high lights. We have very hard water and I have no plans to use RO water. I will inject CO2. I plan to stock turquoise rainbows and some other kinds of rainbows with perhaps a school of corys.
I have ordered GRO CO2 system from GLA aquariums and an in-line Reactor. My neighbor is making my stand and hood. Otherwise, I haven’t purchased a thing, yet!
What are people using for lights these days? A decade ago, T5s were popular, and so were metal halides, but now it looks like LEDs are a good choice, and I like the energy efficiency. Does anyone have a recommendation for light fixtures? I am not handy and would like something that can be installed into my hood.
What are good canister filters these days? I had a Rena XP filter, and it was decent. Are there any other choices to shop? I see some Chinese imports that have good reviews on amazon and are pretty cheap. Can these be trusted? I like that they come with UV sterilizer. I recall that I like a lot of flow in my tanks, so I’m guessing that two XP2s, or even XP3s are the way to go (or some equivalent).
What are the popular substrates these days? ADA aquasoil used to be the premium choice in substrates , but I had good luck using Black Diamond Blasting Sand. It’s so easy to plant in! Are soil tanks popular? I had a 20 gallon with a homemade demineralized soil substrate that was very difficult to make, and I’m not sure it was worth it.
I used to dose dry fertilizers. I think I bought them from some guy named Rex? Where are people buying them now.
Thanks in advance! I welcome any advice!
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