I am setting up my first planted tank. The tank is used as a divider between two rooms and has all its sides fully exposed. There is an abundance of ambient light, although no direct sun light hits the tank. The tank sits close to a high traffic area, is just 6 feet from a back yard door and faces television and home theater systems. This is the only place where tank's noise can be tolerated.
The plan is to create a heavily planted environment where fish could find shelter. My budget is low, therefore major equipment is bought used or is DIY.
TruVu 75Gal long tank with dimensions (L x W x H) 60" x 18" x 16". I hope that low height will lend it well to growing plants.
2 48" F32T8 fluorescent light bulbs overdriven
4x to 80W - Total 160W. SRI: 86, Temp: 6500K. Is this good enough for a 75 gal planted tank?
No plans so far. Do I need it at my light level? Looks like DIY for CO2 generation just won't cut it
and right way to start
is a Milwaukee All-in-one unit. Need feedback on this.
Internet sources recommend 225...525 g/h for this tank. I plan to stick with a single FluVal 304 bought along with the tank despite its rate of 260 g/h. I will not be using activated carbon to preserve plant nutrients. Water return will be underwater to minimize surface agitation to preserve dissolved CO2. Do I need peat moss in the filter?
at least 2" of Flourite, which means
75lb of it - not sure I can swallow this pill?
Nothing exotic. Stick to hardy low/medium light plants: Amazon Swords, Java Moss, Water Sprite, Java fern attached to wood or porous rock, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Hornwort, Wisteria, Hygrophila polysperma, Water fern, Dwarf Hygro, Dwarf Rotala, Corkscrew Val, Water Sprite, South American Frogbit.
Now, where do I get all this? AquaBotanic store? Or buy an assortment from AquariumPlants.net? Looks like
the tank should be extensively planted from the very beginning.
Certainly Otos for algae control. Also Siamese Algae Eater, Dwarf Pleco. I am thinking of keeping a school of tetras and start with 6 angelfish.
Plan of Atack
I intend to follow this plan
. I want to do it right, so will try to answer all questions (e.g. Do I need CO2? Is the light I have enough?) before starting.
on the setup.
What do you think?