Suggestions for Set-up
So, this being my 20th year in the hobby, I have been thinking about setting up a new tank as a celebratory event... luckily, I have two empty (both brand new!) at the moment.
I've been investigating setting up a planted tank... I haven't done a full-blown planted tank yet (I had pretty decent success with a half planted one...), and I think it'll be a nice challenge.
The tank I plan on using is a 40-gallon Breeder (36''x18''x16''). Seems like a good size.
I have Fluorite that I purchased awhile back, that I'd like to use as substrate mixed with some small gravel I have (50/50). I am looking at a Coralife Power Compact hood with two 65-watt bulbs (3.25 wpg). From reading on this site, pressurized CO2 is the way to go... plus, I have an RO unit for my SA cichlids. Of course, I'd dose with fertilizers, as well.
The only thing I'm thinking about is stocking (flora and fauna)... I'm thinking a regional tank would be nice... I have some ideas, but nothing set in stone. If you'd like to hear those or if those ideas are crucial to your answers, I'd be happy to share my thoughts with you.
What am I missing?