Originally Posted by Heffe1st
I have a 29 gallon tank that was a salt reef.... I have cleaned it out and want to try live plants.
I have JBJ pc lighting 1 65watt 6500K bulb the other is an actinic
( is there any danger in the actinic bulb to live plants?)
I have a fluval 204 canister filter with carbon for media...
I also am running a wet/dry filter with just a sponge and carbon
( has anyone run a wet/dry on there planted tank.... any trouble to this filtration method with live plants??)
I just set up the tank with these things running and need to get it cycling
for substrate I have flourite and plain jane aquarium gravel .
For Co2 I am going to build a DIY deally that I read about on this site ...
So mainly I want to know about the pc actinic and 6500K
( I really dont want to buy another expensive bulb (( crossing fingers))
AND the wet/dry .... good or bad?
Breaking this down 1 by 1 here:
1. The actinic will not do a whole lot for your plants, but 65 watts on the single bulb will be fine for now. in fact running both lights for 12 hours would most likely be overkill, some may argue this, but at this stage of the game, we have no idea what plants you want to grow and their needs.
2. The fluval will work, but you will want to get rid of the carbon and just run sponges.
3. The problem with wet dry filters is that they allow too much Co2 to escape from the water column. If your overflow is a hang on, you can just skip the wet/dry all together. Otherwise if you have an internal, maybe run your water level lower or plug it and work around it.
4. You do not need to cycle a planted tank, provided that you have enough plants. Things are a lot differant that a SW or reef set up.
So basically I'm confident helping w/ equipment, others here can really get you dialed in on parameters and such. spend some time reading here and rexgrigg's
site is a good place to start as well.
Also welcome to the planted tank