even tho your going low tech you will probably want some kind of ferst besides root tabs.
and btw "functioning as a holding tank for water allowing it to dechlorinate without adding chemicals" this is false. chlorine will break down over time, but chloramine wont.
Thanks jreich! Besides the root tabs, should I get Flourish and Excel? Because Drs Foster and Smith have a "fundamentals plnat kit". Fundamentals Kit
includes Flourish, Flourish Iron, and Flourish Excel for $11.69. Should I get this instead?
The air pump, tubing, and check valve are unnecessary, especially since you've got a HOB filter. You didn't mention fish - make sure you'll have an appropriate number for that size, and that they'll get along. And don't forget about a janitorial crew.
Foreground - dwarf sag, crypt parva, HM
Mid - could really be anything. More crypts?
Back - hygrophilas, ludwigias
Just picking basic, low-demand plants. There are a ton out there. Try the sticky on low-light plants in the plant forum.
Thanks for your response kevmo! The air pump and air accessories are for a DIY Bio and sponge filter I want to have inside the Main Tank so it can be ready to use in the Hospital/QT tank if I needed. If this isn't practical, do you have any suggestions on how to have a backup seeded "filter" to use on my QT tank when the time arise?
I will be mostly contrating on small peaceful community fishes like:
Celestial Pearl Danios
Platies (I know get all males or I'll have a "Platy Factory"
Cardinal or Neon Tetras
Of course getting some Cories (love cories)
Red Cherry Shrimp
1 Nerite Snail
Thanks for the plant suggestions!! They are all very nice. I will go check out the low plant sticky.
Does the Lee's gravel vac come with a hose that is considerably shorter than 25' (say, 5' to 6')? If not, you might want to go to Lowe's or Home Depot and buy a shorter length of tubing that will fit the gravel vac. I haven't used the Lee's gravel vac so I don't have firsthand knowledge as to how well it works, but I would think there are times you wouldn't want to deal with 25' of tubing -- like those occassions when it's just easier or more efficient to use a 5G bucket to collect the siphoned water rather than connecting the device to a faucet. I undestand why aquarists with larger aquariums would be interested in something like this (or the Python), but even on my 45H I'm only changing at most 2 5G buckets worth of water (excluding an emergency situation) so carrying buckets is no big deal.
Thanks dwc13 for all your tips!! The Lee's kit didn't come with a shorter hose. You do make a good and understandable point in getting a shorter hose as well.
you did forget some minor things.
surge protector(s), and timer(s).
Oh! I did get GFCI surge protectors but I forgot about the timers for my lights!! Thanks for the reminder!!