I cant answer many of your questions, because I have never kept a large tank before, but I do know that I would much rather go with the 180 than the 110 given those dimensions. For non-co2 tank methods, google "el natural planted tank".
Im betting most will agree with the 180 over the 110. Im a little torn though, as I will porbably set up a reef tank in the future, and the 180 is WAY more suitable for that.....I do know that I would much rather go with the 180 than the 110 given those dimensions. For non-co2 tank methods, google "el natural planted tank".
What type of lighting would you reccomend? Ive got tons of PC lighting that I can throw over it. I recently read a thread here about depth not reducing light, but Im a bit skeptical until I read a lot more on the subject. It goes against all the experience I have keeping reefs. Im hoping PC light will be enough because Ive got 1000 watts or more collecting dust along with the tanks.I'd takethe 180 for the extra width/height ratio and just the sheer size, but you should also take into consideration how much you want to spend on light. With 24" to penetrate, it might be quite expensive. You can be fine with no CO2, but it limits what plants you can put in there (at least with relation to your light). It would be very difficult to grow certain plants in a tank that size without CO2. I know that many plants can be grown in low light with no CO2. It all depends what you want. If you are referring to tree stumps when you say roots, I would spend some time in the photo album forum and just browse. You'd be amazed at how much inspiration you get from those threads. Sooner or later, you'll find something you like. Shrimp are very neat creatures and can definitely be enjoyed in a tank that size, but you would probably want a lot of them in order to see them.
Thanks a lot. I read your post and will go back and read the entire thread. Thats just the info Im looking for. I found some such material in the low-tech forum here, so Ive got a lot more reading/searching to do here as well.You can read this if you wish: