Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: The Dirty South
A tank reborn
Our family made a long distant move and after some baby steps, I am in the process of setting up our old tank that's been in storage for ~2 years. In it's prior life it was in my daughter's room as a neon glow tetra tank. It will be reborn as a planted non Cichlid tank in the grown-up's bedroom. Because of this, the budget is bigger and the WAF is much much higher.
It's a standard rectangular 55g (48x13 that is 20" deep) tank.
I am attempting a low tech solution with relatively beginner plants, but would like to do some carpet type plants in the aquascape. I am attempting this solution just to minimize the chance of problems by eliminating required hardware, not really due to cost. IE reduce critical failure points in the system.
Have on hand:
100 lbs of Eco-Complete
48" Finnex FudgeRay
2 x basic Marineland heaters
Fluval 405 cannister
Aquascaping wise, I'd like to go with two 'mounds', the left (dominate focal point) one built around a nice manzanita piece and the smaller background mound on the right established with a little rock to create some depth. I'd like to go with some carpet plants along the front and to fill in the front of the wood and to help establish the natural feel and depth effect on the rock. Some mid size plants to fill in the areas around the front of the wood followed by some taller pieces behind it. Possibly some moss type on the wood.
My projected stock list:
Betta (1 male, 1 female)
Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami
Powder Blue Dwarf Grourami
Flame Dwarf Grourami
Cory Cats x 6
Harlequin Rasbora x 12
I've been slowly trying to do research on planted tanks and the wife has grown impatient with my lack of forward movement. In other words, she's tired of having an empty tank sitting in the bedroom.
Do you see a need for CO2 with my project?
I understand filtration isn't as needed with a planted tank as a non planted and water movement should be somewhat reduced. Is the 405 enough (memory seems to serve it would really move some water in the tank)?
What plants would you suggest for this setup, and do you order them online? While I live on the coast, the only real fish stores around are PetCo.