new tank setup... testing the waters
so I want to setup my spare 29g as a planted tank; I tried planted tanks in the past with somewhat limited success (too much light, not enough ferts, no CO2 in two cases, and in others I just didnt keep up with maintenance, etc) and I want to do it right this time. so, on to my plans, and my questions:
LIGHT: I have two spare fixtures (one 30" and one 24") both with 2X24watt T5HO's centered in the center of the fixture; single reflector, but bent around the shape of the bulbs. I'm thinking I'll use one of these (probably the 30") with 2-10K bulbs, and if too much light becomes a problem attach some window screening to the splash guard to cut down on light output, or otherwise search home depot for a usable fixture.
SUBSTRATE: either eco-complete or red flourite- is one better than the other?
CO2: all I know is that it will be DIY. I was thinking 1-2 2L bottles (I'm not sure if I need 2, or if 1 will be sufficient) attached to a limestone via airline (with a check valve, of course).
DOSING: I'm thinking flourish exel, but beyond that I'm not sure.
FILTRATION: in this, I have no ideas. it seems power filters arent the best choice for planted tanks... I was thinking an internal filter would be a good choice, but I just dont know which is best?
for plants, Im open to suggestions; I was thinking some crypts, some vals, I would love a tiger lotus, java fern, maybe some mosses, as well as various stem plants (rotala will likely make it in there, being one of my favorite plants) were what I was thinking.
fish-wise, I have a few ideas. a pair of angels with some cories, or a betta sorority with some cories and schoolers and/or maybe guppies, or maybe some scarlet badis and a few schoolers, or a pair of rams and some schoolers. like I said, lots of ideas.
anyways, as you can tell I'm in need of some direction, so any help is greatly apprecciated