1st planted tank/ introduction?
I have recently inherited a 65 gallon aquarium with filtration, stand and glass canopy that was set up fish only; I am planning on setting up a planted tank. I have a good bit of conditioned driftwood around to use for aquascaping. I am currently working at an exotic pet store in manhattan; so obtaining materials/supplies will not be an issue. I have a good bit of experience professionally working with aquatic life support systems and husbandry for large turtle and crocodile exhibits as well as for dart frogs; so I have some idea what I'm doing, but haven't really done much with fish and plants only.
I will be moving sometime this month- so I'll ideally start setting the tank up in august. I've been checking out this forum and reading up on articles over most of the last month.
I would like to use a fluorite substrate and obtain med to high lighting levels throughout, which may be tricky with 24" depth. I'm interested in trying my hand at a CO2 system as well.
My biggest question is what to do with lighting to achieve the med/high levels needed, and what I should be looking for in a fixture? I"ve been reading a lot about lighting lately, but feel a lot of it is still over my head.
Thanks in advance for any ideas/advice!