Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Fort Collins, CO
First Post, looking for general advise
I am sorta new to the planted tank thing. Had my 45gallon hex up for about a year but was mostly just working with those at my lfs to get all my advise and information. Found this forum about 2 months ago and have been reading and learning a lot so i thought i would say hello.
My current tank is a 45 hex, so it is 24" tall and 24" wide point to point. It has a 200watt t5 fixture above it. (8 24 watt bulbs. 4-6500k 3-10,000k 1-20,000k) Also i have a pressurized CO2 system on it.
Livestock is fairly simple, after an unexplained crash in July I have 2 Angel Fish and 1 Black Knife. Will probably keep the fish load very light, just these guys with plenty of room to grow. Hoping when the angels reach maturity i will have been lucky enough to pick a male and female, though at the moment i am thinking they both might be female.
For a long time i was using an under gravel filter, which i have been learning more and more isn't optimal for planted tanks. So i have a xp3 hooked up to it now (with a coralife 6x 18v uv sterilizer inline the return.) I am running the under gravel still while i cycle the ceramic rings in the new filter at which point i will pull those power heads.
What i am looking for now is suggestions on plants, i am needing a good ground cover, and some mid height plants. I really like Green and Red Temple in the background but it grows so tall and so fast, i am looking for something to provide some different texture.
If anyone has any suggestions for improvements to my system that would be much appreciated, also anyone with ideas on how to switch substraits without breaking my tanks cycle would also be welcome. =)
Thanks in advance!
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