Hi all! I was wondering if I could get some input...
I have a drilled 24 inch cube (60 gallon) that is plumbed into a 30 gallon sump. It is a beautiful rimmless starfire tank with a custom stand and canopy. It is currently a reef, but I have been considering re-setting it up to hold a nice pair of FW angels.
I picture the above mentioned pair of angels with some corys, otos, BNs, and maybe a small shoal of some type of tetra (rummynose?). I would like to moderately plant this tank with crypts, anubias and some vals....nothing too difficult. I would just like a natural look to accent the beauty of the angels
OK....now for my questions
1) Is it feasible to maintain live flora in drilled tanks? My thoughts being that there will always be constant surface agitation, which will result in high O2 and low CO2. I considered adding a cheap carbon dioxide system...but I figured it would be moot and that the gases would be lost as fast as they entered the system.
2) What type of lighting would you recommed for this set up? There is a 8 lamp T5HO light onn it now, which is overkill. In the canopy (in a closet ATM) there are 3 T12 lamps, but no reflector. Would those be enough if I added reflectors? I am concerned with the depth of the tank. I also have a 2 and a 4 lamp T5HO fixtures that will set on the tank, although I would prefer to use the canopy, for appearances.
3) Do you think I could get by with just a natural gravel? I have also considered turface.
Thanks to everyone in advance for taking the time to read this long post and hopefully offer a little guidance.