I acquired a used 90 gal
(48x18x24) that i'd like to set up as a planted tank. The tank came with an AC
500 filter and a NO
40 watt strip light. I have a few equipment questions regarding an additional filter and PC
lighting for the future setup.
I realize I will need additional filtration. What would be the best option? I was looking at maybe something from the XP series or another AC
500. In anticipation of Eheim suggestions; it really isn't in the budget this year. I realize HOB
's aren't recommended for planted tanks, but I plan to keep water levels high and I definitely want to use the AC500 that came with the tank. No sense in wasting it. If I opt for an XP, should I go for the XP3, or given the additional filtration of the 500 would an XP2 be enough? OR should I just get an XP3 and run it and try and sell the AC500 or save it for an emergency?
lighting options. I'm shooting for 2wpg at this time as I want to avoid injecting CO2
. I can get a 4x65 watt coralife aqualight for $280 CDN. Perhaps I could only run half the bulbs along with my 40 watt strip light and full power for an hour or 2 or if I get CO2
down the road. OR I could opt for an AHsupply 4x55 watt kit. What differences in quality can you see between the AH and coralife fixtures? What would you guys suggest is best option at this time or if you have any other suggestions feel free to pass em along?
Thanks again for any help you can provide.