A neighbors' 55 gal fish tank sprung a leak , and I kindly offered to take it off his hands and he agreed . Now the challange is setting it up, love these kinds of problems . It measures 47 inches long, 20 inches high, and roughly 12 inches deep (sorry, don't know metric conversion and too old to learn ). It will go in my living room, in front of a west facing picture window which gets difused sunlight because of the window blinds. Electricty has to be kept to a minimum because of old wiring in my house; I plan on lights, would love a waterfall but don't think I can do both. Since it is the living room, shop lights are out (that is the hubby speaking, not me; I see the beauty in the plants, he sees the beauty in the set up). I'm thinking the kitchen undercounter floresecnt lights they sell at walmart may work, I've not been there yet to measure them but I remember seeing a double tube set up that may fit on top if I get two of them. I suppose another option is a true acquirium hood and light for reptiles; although from what I've read I'm not sure I like this idea (cost and heat factor).
Ok, now for the contents. I would like to create a natural setting, but leave plants in their own pots (I want the best of all worlds ). The plants I have so far are: 2 unknown Neps, 1 D. Spath, 1 D. Capasis, and some Ultric tricolor. I also have a few none carnivores that will like the environment (I think): a coffee plant, a fern, and a star plant. I'm thinking a layer of charcol, orchid bark and lava rock on the bottom to keep a couple of inches of water. The pots I expect can be covered with moss somehow to hide them. I've read about people using egg crates between the water level and the plants, any idea on where I can get these? Or other ideas for what to use. I was thinking those green baskets that fruit is in at the grocery store might work, they can be cut down to size then covered in moss. I want to use a tree branch for the Nepth to climb on.
So now, take it from here-----what other plants? what other ideas? Cost is a factor, but feel free to lay out your desire and I'll deceide if I can handle it. Have fun, be creative!!!!!