So I am in planning on setting up a new fish tank, its going to be roughly 1129mm tall or (44.5 inches) its covering a wall
, and having a tank this deep I am pretty sure I am going to run into problems, to rub salt into the wound im going to be keeping cichlids as well.
So I am looking to keep a fairly heavily planted tank (I know cichlids love to rip up plants) so I came up with an IDEA and would love some input. So I was thinking I could put a little bit of plant substrate on the bottom of the tank, than put egg crate on top of it then cover that in cichlid substrate, my idea was that when I put all the plants into the cichlid substrate the roots will naturally want to go down into the plant substrate and whilst doing so it will tangle itself in the egg crate so that the fish cant pull the plants out. As I am running a sump I was thinking if I ever wanted to add more plants I could put them in the sump with small egg crates then once the roots are nice and tangled I can place them in the tank and put a couple rocks on the corners of the egg crates.
Then I am going to have the trouble with lighting of the tank for something this deep for a good grow, I have been looking everywhere and learnt a LOT about lighting but at the same time I am thoroughly confused so after all my reading I have come up with;
LED Type: 54 CREE XP-E LEDs (3 Watt each)
Maximum rated power: 162W
Power Frequeny: 50-60hz
Luminous Efficacy: 97lm/w
LED Combination:24 x white 10000k (CREE), 14000k (bridgelux ),
16 x blue 460nm, 8 x moon light blue 453nm
Warranty: 2 years
Lifespan: 50,000+ hours
Dimensions: 900mm(L) x 140mm(W) x 40mm(H)
Power Supply: External, 35V DC 4.5A
Remote: Infrared (Optional with use of external controller - avaliable for $50 more).
SD Card Slot: Light schedule can be programmed via a PC or Mac (Optional with use of external controller - avaliable for $50 more).
Product Code: STAK2MKE84
It seems to me that this light should do the job I need it to, I am open to suggestions or what you think would be a better light for my tank (1270Lx550Wx1129H) or (50inch(L)x22.6inch(W)44.5(H))
Any suggestions welcome, I am limited with the fish and plants I buy to this website www.livefish.com.au
as I live in a tiny town that only sells goldfish and guppies
First Idea of plant list
Dwarf Gold Rush
Thanks for your help/input