I am planning on setting up a planted tank. I have been in the hobby for a good 5 years breeding angels, bettas and discus with the odd apisto here and there, but have never tackled plants-- I have only ever had java moss and watersprite as fry protection and to produce infusoria for fry food. But I am now tearing down my fishroom and I am bringing one tank into the house (from the garage, where the fishroom is) and it will be a 25gallon tank.
I need some advice. I have a budget for this tank. I have the tank, heater and filtration available to me, whether I use an AquaClear without the splash or not I don't know yet.
For my substrate I am thinking of flourite. How many bags to fill a standard 25gal bottom? Any other recommendations? Mixing with other media?
For lighting I was thinking of the 96watt kit from AH Supply, using a Coralife Colormax-6700K 96W Power Compact light. This would give me essentially 3.5WPG. This is where I am planning on spending the most money as it is apperantly the most essential. Keep in mind I know nothing about planted tanks besides what I have read!
As for plants, this is what I'm planning for... Finding them in Canada is another story!
and maybe some moss to cover a nice piece of driftwood if I can find any.
As for C02, I honestly have no idea. I've alotted a 100$CDN budget for it but if I can do DIY at reasonable effort I will give it a try. I was looking at the Hagen setup with the ladder but it seems to be pretty frowned up? What about the Carbo-Plus from Belowwater? Anyone used one of these? How much do pressurized setups cost?
I know it is a bit more pricey but if it fits the bill I may give it a try.