Need Help with my first planted tank.
Hello everyone. I have been lurking on the forums here for a while in an attempt to learn all I can about setting up a planted tank. I have been keeping fish for most of my life including saltwater reef tanks (I currently have 3 tanks - 34 gallon fresh community, 90 gallon mixed reef, 3 gallon custom pico reef), but I am now looking to go even further and take on a planted tank. My plan for this tank is as follows, any suggestions or recommendations are greatly appreciated:
The plan -
55 gallon glass aquarium
Aquatop CF400 canister filter
Floramax planted tank substrate
Auto top off system
Auto water change system
Automatic dosing system (using Kamoer dosing pump)
Auto CO2 injection system (Milwaukee Ph controller and regulator w/solenoid)
Inline downflow CO2 Reactor
Inline 300W heater
I have just a couple of concerns that I would like your input on.
1. Can I run both the inline heater and CO2 reactor on the canister filter or will I compromise the flow too much.
2. I have a 400 Watt HQI metal halide fixture that I am not using right now. Can I use this hung a good distance above the tank? Or should I get a 4 bulb T5 fixture. (I really don't want to spend more money if the halide will do the job.
Anything else that I have not mentioned? Thank you all in advance for your input.