New member here. This seemed to be the forum to join given my new affinity towards planted tanks. I'm also a member on aquariacentral and many other non-aquaria forums as well. Had some success with my 29 with getting plants to reproduce, but still trying to get back to that with my new tank. Started out on the wrong foot with under 1wpg worth of lighting which was really holding me back.
My tank is a 55 gallon planted and here are the basics.
Whisper 60 with 48" flexible bubble wand (on timer to run from 5pm to 9pm to keep the gf happy)
Top Fin and Theo 200w heaters - regulated to about 82 degrees
Penguin Biowheel 330, Penguin Biowheel 100, and Whisper 30 filters
DIY 40wx4 T8 lighting from Hagen & Sylvania in DIY cabinet - 2xaquasun, 1xaquaglo, and 1xpowerglo (can't find any t8 lifeglo's nearby)
Marina triple led moonlight hub and diy dual 12" cold cathode tubes
DIY Co2 injection 4 bottle with 2 glass diffusers placed on opposite ends of the tank using a yeast and sugar mixture (not sure of ppm measurements or anything)
As far as stock
14 Silver tip tetras
3 yo-yo loaches
2 red tail sharks
2 three spot gourami's
2 red claw shrimp
1 zebra loach
1 batik botia
1 balloon molly
1 black skirted tetra
1 common pleco
1 golden gourami
1 clown loach (to have new home in my buddy's tank once it's large enough)
Still working on re-doing the base I got with this tank to match the custom hood I built for it. Not seeing any pearling on any of the plants. I follow seachem's dosing schedule for their Flourish, Excel, Trace, and other products along with some root tabs.
Pics: Sorry, my camera phone (2mp) is the only thing that can seem to get a good photo of the tank.
Right after finishing the hood
After adding latest new plants
Picking up some baby amazon swords tonight to add in the back corners.