The last planted tank I did was >10 years ago: double NO bulbs in a 36" fixture on a 30g.
Then I got caught up in the Amazon feeding frenzy aka Black Friday and bought a Finnex FugeRay Planted+ light.
Okay, yah, quite possibly not a good move since I didn't research it at all
, but it's done now so I'm wondering about it. Did I pick something good, or am I going to have to try to make lemonade? Should I be contacting Amazon for a return? What can grow under this thing?
I picked up the 48" model because I've got a 55g with nothing in it except some dead rock and a few inches of water from my last attempt at a reef tank, which failed miserably due to algae that came in on some live rock.
The water here is pH 7.6-7.8 and hard as a rock, since Illinois sits on a big bed of limestone. Infrastructure is old so phosphates are high.
I have some decade-old Seachem phosphate remover. I've also got a six?-year-old but never used Kati-Ani system somewhere -- yay, MACNA raffle.
I should still have the Fluorite from the old tank. I have a 5g bucket of strawberry rock from when the tank had brackish puffers. And a fair number of pieces of resin rock-like stuff. I'm still searching for a nice *tall* decoration for that 55g. But first I have to figure out what to get for substrate, and whether I want to get more Fluorite or something else. I do rather like the red color.
Filtration's kinda up in the air. I am finding lots of parts for power filters, with and without biowheels, but I don't know what works. Then there's a Fluval 104?, used but not by me, and a new-but-old big giant canisterish filter also from a MACNA raffle.
I had 15 tanks at one point, so I have a ton of old hardware. The other thing to work through is the pile of heaters, to find out which ones work.
From the last foray into fishkeeping, I've got an API test kit with a bunch of stuff and am wondering how long the reagents are good for.
Thanks for reading my ramble, and I'd appreciate any thoughts y'all have.