04-08-2005, 03:44 PM
Join Date: Nov 2004
Originally Posted by Scout
I have been into aquariums for several years but I have never had a live plant. I really started admiring some that I saw and decided to give it a try. I am on a semi budget and am DIY minded. I am hoping I can tell you all what I have and possibly get some guidence/suggestions on things I need to improve.
I am using a 29 gal tank 30x12x18
I have a choice of a few different filters and lighs let me know what combo you would use.
I have an Eclipse 3 with the built in filter and dual 24 inch tubes
I have a Fluval 403 filter canister
I have a 24" hood that was from a reptile tank, it has 2 florescent tubes and one screw in bulb.
I have a whisper 60 hang on tank filter
I have a single tube 24 inch light
For the lights, the type and wattage is more important than the length. A 24" standard florescent is not the same as a 24" compact florescent.
Cannister filters are good for planted tanks! They don't create as much turbulence on the surface, so your CO2 (which you will eventually want) will not escape so quickly. Plus, they give you more options for customizing the types of media you are using.