I've been out of fish for over 10 years now, and I'm planning on getting back in.
Afterdoing quite a bit of research, I am planning on setting up a heavilyplanted tank –
Tankwill be a Starfire 3 x 2 x 2.25 (one of the short ends will goes to awall as this is a semi-room divider)
The filter will be a couple of layers of dacron, then coarse sponge, fine sponge, a few layers of nylon scourer, jap matt, then Seachem matrix,possible followed with some purigen.
I was looking at a diy substrate, but wasn't particularly happy with the choice of soils available, so I am planning on a multi layered approach, from the bottom up being being up marble chips, then a thin layer of gypsum/ Muriate of Potash (Potassium Chloride),then about a 10 mm layer of sand / laterite mix, Dino Dung balls, then a 20 mm layer of Dupla Ground and then the lot covered with a 25 mm layer of washed sand. Am I missing something here?
I have ordered 2 x 50 watt LED's and these lenses , with some very large HEAT sinks and some dimmable drivers. I will be making a frame that fits over the tank (haven't figured out the details yet) to hold the lights.
I will be decorating the tank with driftwood and stones, starting off heavily planted and using filter media from an existing cycled tank to keep the initial ammonia / nitrates down.
I plan to purchase a CO2 kit for when the kit is first setup, maybe thisCO2PRO S2 0.82L Compact Injection Package or this CO2PRO S2 0.82L Professional Injection Package, although preferably with a larger CO2 tank, these seem like a good idea because of the story about our "dirty power" causing issues, although I am open to other ideas.
Iwould like to add a chiller before next summer ( I think that by the time I get this lot together, this summer will be over ) and I am also considering getting a 36 watt UV to help keep the algae down, but brands and models are all up in the air at this moment. I am also considering using RO water,but am not yet convinced of the advantages.
Fish and plants I have only looked at briefly. The fish should be plant friendly and I would imagine that I wouldn't want fish that get much bigger than about 10cm, either South American or Asian, maybe even a mix of the two if they are compatible, as well as some shrimp. The only thing I have decided on regarding plants is that I would like some fast growing plants when I first set up the tank to take up the waste, with some of it to be replaced later on when the tank is stable by some slower growing / more exotic plants. I would also like to turn some of the driftwood into “trees” with some moss tied to them.
I would appreciate any input from some of the more experienced members of the forum, as I would prefer to avoid any major mistakes.
Thanks in advance