The first part of this post is pretty much a story about how I am getting back into this so if you don't care about that skip this first paragraph.
So after moving around a lot after high school I have finally found where I am going to stick around for a while. Actually it is my hometown. Funny how that works (I guess its true you don't know what you have until you leave it) Well thats not exactly how that quote goes but you get the idea. Well I have been back a year and am working at the Mayo Clinic. A friend of mine and I are moving into a house sometime within the next month or two... I used to be quite into aquariums, even in college. Then I moved to Colorado and sold my aquariums before I left thinking I wasn't coming back... ha. and it would just be easier to sell them and buy new ones out there if I stay. Well I kept all my filters and all that stuff.
So in the Mayo classifieds (work) I find an ad "92 Gallon Corner aquarium with stand 150.00 OBO" There are always pretty good deals on aquariums in there from time to time but nothing like this before...(there are good deals in general as there are a lot of M.D's and Surgeons, etc that will sell stuff pretty cheap just to get rid of it) So even though we don't have the house yet I call on it just because I'm so interested and figure we can store it in my friends storage shed until we move. So I go look at the aquarium and the guy tells me he is only selling it because he is moving out to the east coast and doesn't wanna have it crated up and shipped out there and his new house is not big enough for it anyways. It has a black cabinet stand with it and is All-Glass brand. He says he has a few more people coming to look at it tonight and tomorrow. I tell him not to bother and I'll take it. haha. He says there are no leaks or anything like that. The only effort I am going to have to put into it is scraping out coraline algae as he had it set up as a reef tank.
So thats the story on my super good deal on a 92 gallon aquarium.. larger than I actually was anticipating on getting but oh well
So I have always dreamed of doing an all out planted aquarium, the lights, pressurized Co2 etc. and really making an awesome tank.
So my questions are starting to formulate as I want this to be a very well planned out tank. I'll just list the questions I have as of right now with a #) in order.
1) Lighting. I know the traditional you want 3-4 watts per gallon for the serious planted aquarium, and I have no problem with doing this but the problem I foresee is the shape of this tank. I'm pretty sure you use 48" lights on this thing. Should I use the normal watts per gallon with the odd shape of this tank and will one power compact 260W + say a 40W striplight (3.26W/gal) be good or does anyone have experience lighting a tank like this for planted set-ups? Also I'm open to anything so any other lighting options or whatever!
2) Substrate. Ok so here is the whole shape thing going on here again... How much substrate should I use with this odd triangle with a bow in the front of it.. I know its easy to do with a rectangle shaped tank... just not sure how to get a precise measurement with this one
2a) Right now I am leaning towards flourite or this one aquarium store in the Minneapolis area sold this one stuff they recommended for planted aquariums and was pretty reasonably priced that was similar in shape and size to flourite (just without all the stuff in it like flourite) I for some reason cannot think of what it was called but I haven't seen it anywhere else but I will give them a call tomorrow and see and post what it is. So any recommendations here are gladly appreciated as well, even if its not one of those.
3) Co2. Which Co2 system should I get. I was looking at a Milwaukee set up... http://cgi.ebay.com/Milwaukee-SMS122...QQcmdZViewItem
we will start with that and I know there will be more to add later but I think this is a good start!
P.S I looked for a good forum today after seeing what happened to the usenet newsgroups! (I have been out of the aquarium keeping for a 2 or 3 years now) and this is by far the better one I found for planted aquariums!