High end planted tank?
I'm seriously contemplating a return to the world of planted tanks from reef tanks and would appreciate the help and advice of anyone interested. I've kept aquaria, mostly planted tanks, for about 25 years, with a foray into reefs for about 10. This includes running maintenance company and working in high end aquarium shops, so basic knowledge isn't an issue. I've also got a ton of reef equipment, much of which will be sold, but I've got most anything I could want to set up a nice tank and will be selling enough stuff to afford the parts I need. All of that said, I'm looking to do a somewhat basic, low maintenance setup, as burnout on my reef tanks is the main reason I'm thinking of converting back to planted tanks. The basic setup is a custom 42 gallon tank that is 25"x22"x19". Not sure if I'll keep the current sumped setup with is plumbed through my wall into my basement. I might use the 100 gallon sump to grow plants in, both to replace a filter and to have to sell. Not sure I want to deal with that, we'll see. The other option will be a small sump or wet/dry in the cabinet to hide the heaters, filters, etc.
The major questions I have are these:
1. How has planted aquarium keeping changed in the past 10 years? I quit following developments when I got into reefs and would like to get back up to speed.
2. Other than this forum, what other resources can I check out?
3. I really like the shimmering of point source lights but want to get away from metal halides due to heat and energy costs. How are LEDs for planted tanks? Any other technology I should look at?
I've got a strong bias towards Amano style tanks that are heavily planted and lightly stocked, so filtration won't be a major concern. Mostly interested in current thoughts on water flow, lighting and other equipment issues. Basically, given what I've told you about my options and resources, how would you set this tank up? Many thanks to anyone who takes the time and energy to offer their thoughts.