Greetings everyone, newb here. I am looking for someone with some experience to say 'sounds okay to me' regarding my plant/fish/substrate choices.
My goals are to build a heavily planted tank that is low-light/low-tech and ideally low maintenance. The tank is a 30 gallon
, no idea what pump/filter/lights yet - I pick it up this weekend. Questions will follow...
methodology as per AaronT's article (1")
* Black Diamond 20/40 blasting grit (1-2" cap)
* Driftwood & rocks (undecided)
to help plants get established - 2 weeks
* Amazon sword (midground -> background)
* Java moss (tied to rocks/driftwood)
* Java fern (background)
* Anubias Nana (foreground -> midground)
After the 2-week DSM stage, tank will be flooded, then monitored for 2-3 weeks to let it cycle.
* Red cherry shrimp - will be breeding them; they are for algae control
* Snails of some sort - also to help with algae
After one month, to let shrimp get established:
* School of either tetra/danio/barb (10+) - looking at one of Congo tetra/cherry barb/zebra or pearl danio (one species to start, no more)
- How many plants would equate to 'heavily planted' in a 30G tank?
- Am I waiting too long for all these stages?
- Is there a downside to only one species of fish?
Sorry for the huge first post...any comments/suggestions welcome.
I have been documenting my research here, if anyone needs more info: http://wiki.practicaltech.ca/index.php/Aquarium