I inherited control of the 55 gallon tank at work, as the person who originally brought it in is leaving the company. I haven't talked to the person in control of teh $$$ yet, but I think I should be able to get a decent amount of money to give the tank an upgrade. Right now it has a lousy HOB
filter, a fluorescent strip light that must be 400 years old as it puts out about 6 watts of light, huge sized gravel (1/2"-1"), 2 pieces of driftwood, 3 fake plants, and for fish, 1 tiger barb, 1 cory, 1 pleco, 1 very nice large koi angelfish, and (get this) 1 HUGE fancy goldfish.
I am guessing I might get $100-200 to upgrade the tank. I would like to get at least some live plants in there but don't have the budget for bigger lights and also don't want the tank to be a maintenance problem. I'm thinking replace the filter, change out the substrate, remove the goldie (he is a poop factory), add some rocks or other hardscape, new light bulb and then some Java fern, crypts, anubias etc. I'm thinking Tahitian moon sand as I really like the look, but will the plants like it?? Also, I don't think a 40 watt strip light is going to cut it even for those plants.
Any suggestions are welcome...I will update as I continue this process! Also need to figure out what fish would look nice with the angel, and also the lone tiger barb (figuring I'll get him some friends).