I thought I'd start a journal of my tank set up. Let's see how long I can keep it updated as I usually lose interest in writing things after awhile. I don't have any pictures yet. I will post some once the water and plants are in. I don't imagine why ya'll would want to see empty tank, then filter on tank, etc...
Let's start with the equipment:
All-Glass 55 gallon tank
Honey stained Birch stand
Glass lids (hinged)
Rena Filstar XP 3 canister filter
48" aluminum shop light fixture because it has a polished alum. reflector- 2xT8 bulbs
Rena Smart heater 200w
100 lbs. Eco-Complete (black) substrate
API Professional Water Test Kit
I ordered the substrate, heater, water cond. (Prime), fertilizers (Flourish, Flourish Excel, Flourish root tabs) today. I also order 2 LED Blue lunar light modules for lunar lighting at night. Each module contains 2 LED lights. One module will be placed at each end of the light fixture. One LED module every 24" is what's recommended.
Once the remaining item are received I will be pretty much ready to start setting it up and adding water. I have a plant list that is as follows. this list is subject to change as it has changed about three times already. I believe it is fairly firm in staying as it is now.
1- Echinodorus Bleheri
1- Echinodorus Rubin
1-2 Echinodorus (somethings to be determined in the next day or two) possibly E. Barthii (Red Melon)
2 Anubius Barteri var. Coffeefolia
1- Anubius Afzelii
1- Java Fern
10-12 Vallisneria Asiatica
2-3 potted Zephyranthes Candida (Dwarf Onion) One pot looks to yield about 4-5 plants
2- Hydocotyle Leucocephyala (Pennywort)
Foreground: 5-8 Sag. Sub.(Dwarf)
Possibly Lilaeopsis Mauritiana (narrow microsword grassy plant)
One large piece of Mopani driftwood. It is quite large with a large base that allows for fish to actually get partially under it for hiding places.
I am hoping my order comes in during the week and start to get this project started soon. Perhaps the following weekend, if not this coming weekend. I want to time the plants delivery after my current outstanding order gets here.