Hello, I have been mostly out of the hobby for a few years, and am getting ready to take my 75 gallon tank out of storage and set it up as a planted tank. I will list below my plan of action and hopefully get some contructive criticism before I get too far along with it.
I am starting with a 75 gallon standard tank with a glass top. I will be using ECO-Complete and Black Petco Sand that I have already purchased as the substrate.
I have purchased a large and small piece of driftwood to aquascape with.
I plan to add the substrate, and driftwood (after soaking tannins out) and then begin cycling the tank with some substrate from the 29 gallon I am taking down, and my fluval filter which has been running on the 29 gallon tank (this fluval is sized for the 75 gallon tank and has been overkill since I put it on the 29 gallon). I will also be using my cherry barb and danio for the cycling process.
I already own a 130 Watt CF fixture and am considering adding a dual T5HO (56 watts total) to it as well.
For CO2, I am considering getting http://www.affordableaquaticsupplies...ob50u22l4drb95
which sems to have everything I need built into it, with the exception of picking up the CO2 tank, electrical outlet timer, and a diffuser of some sort. Does not seem that the CO2 will be that bad to set up, it will run while the lights are on.
For plants, I will most likely start with standard low to moderate light plants to see how they grow, and then start into some higher light plants if it seems like they will be able to flourish.
I plan to go simple with fish and start with a large school of neon tetras, and perhaps some guppies and red cherry shrimp.
That is everything I can think of at the moment.
Please, if you see something wrong with my thought process, let me know, you won't hurt my feelings. I have tried to do as much research as possible, but I feel my understanding of the lighting requirements is still my weak spot, even after reading all of the stickies.
Edit: Just in case people read some posts I made in 2009, that seems like so long ago now, and it seems sureal for me to go back and read them, most of the knowledge I gained then seems to be gone. Almost like I am starting from scratch with some faint memories of the last attempt in 2009.
Edit 2: I have been reading alot about the Cerges diffuser design, and I may build one of those, and also use an inline heater to keep "stuff" out of the tank.