Thinking about a 100g high-tech tank. Looking for advice
I'm thinking about getting back into the aquarium hobby with a 100g high-tech planted tank (I've been out of the hobby for about 8 years. I've previously had African Cichlids, FOWLR, a small reef tank, and a small low tech planted tank.)
The 100g aquarium that I'm looking at is 60"x18"x18" (its actually 94 gallons). Is that going to be a good size? (Is 18" high tall enough for a tank this wide? Should I go taller?) I was originally thinking about a 75 gallon, but I think the 60" wide 100g will fit my space better.
It seems like 60" is an unusual size for lighting fixtures, which kind of limits my options. It looks like they make 60" 80W T5s. I'm thinking about 4 of those for 3.2 wpg.
The guy at the aquarium store suggested that I run with an open top, because a glass lid will block light (especially as moisture builds up on it). Any thoughts about that?
I wanted to avoid the complexity, but it looks like I'll need to have pressurized CO2 to get the kind of results I want.
I'm thinking about using a sump instead of a canister filter. I really like the idea of having a constant water level in the display tank. I would probably have an auto-top off unit to keep the sump full. Any thoughts about that?
I'm just trying to get my head straight right now. I'm still not even sure exactly what size tank I want to buy.