In the past, I have run freshwater tropical tanks for 4 years and marine reef systems for 3.
After a 3 years break, I am looking to run a planted tropical tank.
However, given the absence, I am unsure what equipment to get and which brands etc to go with.
All I have at the moment is a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft aquarium, stand and a sump. I used this previously for my marine reef tank. It will be cleaned thoroughly etc.
So what will I need now? Ideally, I want to keep costs low (which is why I'm not restarting my reef system).
1. Pump? I was thinking an Eheim compact+ 3000. Happy to take other recommendations
2. Other pumps for circulation?
3. Filtration? Unsure what to get here given I used to use live rock for marine! What should I use now? will be between 400-470ltrs. I know the least about this area.
4. Lighting? No idea what to get here. Low power and cost would be good. I want to keep plants under it as well as the fish.
5. Heating + controller?
6. Anything else?
I am unsure what livestock I am getting yet but I know I went active colorful fish
Thanks for any help.