I'm new here. Was into freshwater several years ago, then went to a reef tank. I just finished shutting down the reef and am in process of starting up a 150 gal (72x18x26) planted tank. Starting freshwater again, I want to attempt to "do it right" now, instead of saying "I should have done...." later.
I plan on using about 2.5 inches of Eco-Complete as substrate. Lighting is a Coralife 72" Aqualight Pro, 3x 150W HQI + 2x 96W 6700k + 2x 96W 10000k + 4 Blue Moonlight LEDs. I did the mix on 6700 and 10000k because I like the "whiter" light. Bad habit from reefing, I guess. I plan on starting with the PCs only, then running the halides for an hour or so mid-day.
Filtration will be a FilStar XP3 and an AquaClear 110. Filstar will be mainly biological, not sure on the AquaClear yet. Does anyone use Seachem Renew or Purigen?
I have ordered a CO2 regulator and controller, still need to get a tank. How long will a 5 lb tank of CO2 using a controller last? Will I be better off just spending a few more bucks now and getting a 10 lb tank?
I plan on feeding the output of the CO2 into the intake of the XP3. Please feel free to say if this is good, bad or ugly. I have read some that say it works just fine and others that say I'll need a reactor. It seems like the canister would pretty much act just like a reactor, filled with bio media. Opinions are certainly welcome.
It will be a community tank. I have a 40 long that I will likely start up in a while to put a couple smaller cichlids. Also have a 29 that I may put a few livebearers in. One at a time, though.
Nearly forgot, BASIC 101. Been so long since I had freshwater, what temperature should my tank be?
I seem to recall 76 -78 degrees.