Hey Folks. I would like to venture into the world of Freshwater planted i think. Right now I currently maintain a pretty "high tech" (as you folks would call it I suppose), 40 breeder SPS reef. So I do have a background in aquaculture, and as anyone who knows anything about reefs knows it takes *perfect* water quality, *perfect* paramaters, great equipment and religious maintenance and dosing on several levels to keep a thriving SPS reef.
I have a spare standard 29 gallon laying around that I would love to set up next to my reef as a planted display of neon tetras and cory cats.
I am an active member on Reef Central which is without a doubt the best resource and Forum for saltwater aquarists, and this seems to be a good resource for freshwater planted from what I can tell so far.
So I come to you fine people for advice on how to set this darn thing up. I have thousands wrapped up in my reef, and that being the main priority I would like to not spend thousands on this, hopefully that is achievable for what I want.
So here is what im looking for;
Filtration: From what i gather this is very different in fresh than salt, I have multiple levels and forms of filtration in my reef to keep it an ULNS ( ultra low nutrient system) which means 0 nitrates, 0-.002 phosphates etc. What do you folks use and what is the goal.
Lighting: On my reef I use this fixture http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/T5_...!_Bulbs_by_ATI
. Is lighting of this caliber required for planted tanks, does the freshwater world us MH, CFL, t5, LED? What do most prefer and why? Also what spectrum, my tank is more toward the 20000k end on the kelvin scale. I assume most plants photosynthesize optimally around daylight (6500k)?
Water Flow: In reef aquaria water flow is of the utmost importance. Do folks in the FW world reccomend high flow? How do you provide it? Powerheads? I have an mp40 on my 40 breeder reef.
Substrate: I realize this is probably more important in FW planted tanks than the reef world. I looked at this some and am considering either stratum or EC. Advice here is fine if you would like to contribute.
ANYTHING else you folks would reccomend as an important and beneficial component to a FW planted tank would be awesome. also number of Tetras and corys suitable for this tank size.
Thanks in advance guys. I sincerely appreciate all of your help!!