This is my first endeavor into planted tanks. I have had several other aquariums in the past but never live planted ones. Thanks to all the contributors here on this site, I have finally pulled the trigger and set up my aquarium. Here are the details....I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions you might have.
45 gallon corner (pentagon) acrylic
Dims 24 1/2 x 24 /12 x 7 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 24 deep
1 24" Marineland Double Brite LED fixture with moonlighting
1 18" T8 Philips Plant/Aquarium light (410 lumens)
Eheim 2215 with upgraded intake and spraybar kit
200 watt Whisper Heater
80lbs ECO Complete
9 lbs lace rock
1 big piece of driftwood
Temp - 77
pH - 7.6
GH - 6 - 11
KH - 6 - 11
Ammonia - 0 ppm
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - 5 ppm
RootMedic Complete tucked in the substrate
Red Tiger Lilly
7 Guppies (plus two babies)
10 Neon Tetras
1 Albino Bushnose Plecostomus
5 Amano Shrimp
This is not a planted tank friendly set up due to it's odd shape and depth. It's a bit challenging to scape because you have to consider the additional viewing angles plus the depth is a hard reach to get to the substrate. The opening at the top isn't all that helpful being just a slot measuring 5" x 24". I won't be re-scaping often and I'm keeping this low-tech so as to avoid having to do a lot of trimming and tinkering. So, no CO2 on this tank. So far I am just doing about a 30% water change weekly and daily feeding....pretty easy overall and I am already seeing some growth in the plants and the sagitaria subulata is off and running.
A few things I'll be adding over the coming months, Hydor inline heater (don't like seeing the one I've got on the back wall), a few kuhlii loaches, a trio of GBRs, a few smooth rocks (for egg laying) and I might try some micro sword inthe foreground and possibly some red root floater on the surface.
Here are a few pics.
Full set up
Right side view
Left side view
Moonlight view (this is a 5 second exposure)