Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Inland Empire, California
100g heavily planted tank in-the-making: Lighting Question?
So this is not my first heavily planted tank, but I've always done 10g or 20g, 29g was my biggest I think. And the biggest tank I ever owned was a 55g, and all I did was throw a clump of java moss in there and 30 ghost shrimp to have at each other and nothing else(I was feeding baby catfishes at the time ;3).
And so \o/ This will be my biggest tank yet, and all I want to run is a heater when it is complete. I have ordered a plant package(220+ plants, rooted, bunched and floaters, getting moss later) and a 50ct of Malaysian trumpet snails. I am going out later today to get organic soil and sand for the top layer.
This tank is for breeding guppies(I spoil my bettas with their fry and I also sell to my lfs for store credit) and breeding neon tetras(easy money makers ^^). It will also house a small number of catfishes(Catfishes are a close 2nd on my list of favorite fish, Bettas being first and Khuli Loaches being third).
How many pounds of soil do you *estimate* I'll need?
For a 100g heavily planted tank, what kind of lighting should I look for? My husband wants to just go to home depot and buy an LED and stick it over my tank(which will have a glass top), will that work? If so, how many lumines should I get? If not, why?
I may have more questions, but I think I got everything else covered. If I forgot anything or any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated ;3