Hey guys & gals,
I've been keeping aquariums for ~30 years now with varied levels of success since I was a toddler.
Most of my years in my youth a 65gallon and up till now a 55gallon.
I recently made a big stand for it here
and accommodated it to fit a future upgrade to a bigger tank.
well I finally bit the bullet.
The old tank here
is going out and the new tank will start soon.
I'm already using 2 Fluval canisters, a 406 and a 304 (which both have a bit too strong flow for the 55 but since upgrading the old 102 to the 406 water quality's been stellar)
I'm also using a Finnex Planted+ and a Finnex Monsterray. I will be adding a Planted+ 24/7 in 2 weeks. The front hooded Monsterray is being ventilated with a custom pc fan & psu setup with a couple 60mm silent vantec fans for extra (and also evaporative) cooling.
In addition to the above 2 Fluval filters I'm adding a Reverse UGF with 2 ~160gph powerheads with prefilters pushing water through from the bottom. The substrate will have (if not fitting below the plate crushed) old ceramic biorings blow it, then a layer of mixed Seachem Flourite & Tetra CompleteSubtrate between a nylon mesh to prevent it from mixing and my old Black gravel thoroughly washed on top.
My main questions are about Aquascaping and waterflow.
Me being born and raised in The Netherlands, love the dutch style aquascape
with big groups of plants filling it up, but as you can see in my current 55gallon it completely hides the 2 driftwood pieces and 4 coconuts. I also bought 3 pieces of pretty big flat stone but I think I'll need to buy some more.
How do they fix a secure way to keep these flat stones upright like in this
How should I direct the currents from the fluvals? backcenter to front-sides or back sides to center front or.. ?
Any other tips, experiences for setting up my hardscape/substrate?