I've just moved into a new house and some of my housemates have fallen in love with my planted tanks, so I decided to do one in the living room with an extra 10er and stand I had been given. I put it in the corner, so I plastidiped the back and left side to hide the wiring, tubing, and filtration. Got a Finnex 24/7 Planted+ for it. Also got some eggcrate and messed around with it until I came up with this arrangement:
Amazonia will be on either side of a white sand river that starts 3 inches from the back left (high) side of the tank and sweeps forward into a beach in the front 2/3 of the tank about 3" back from the front. This will all be on top of ADA Powersand Special S to create more water flow and prevent anaerobic build up. I have 7lbs of Okho Stone for the hardscape, considering driftwood, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Planning on EI dosing, as long as the shrimp can take it, and a DIY CO2 paintball set up.
Current livestock plant
Forground (behind sand + right side to back:
•Micranthemum "Monte Carlo"
•Pogostemon helferi "red"
Midground (middle + left):
•Staurogyne sp. purple
Background (coming out from between middle rocks):
•Hygrophila salicifolia (too big?)
•Hygrophila salicifolia var. "Red Green" (too big?)
•Limnophila sp. aromatica mini or sp. belem
•Shadow Panda TBs
I need help picking nano fish species. I'm familiar with a lot of species, just not much experience mixing them with shrimp as it is a general rule not to. However, I've seen the occassional strawberry rasbora/TB (just an example) tank that just looks amazing, so let me know your experience!
Another issue I have is how deep the substrate is in the back left, it could be almost 6 inches deep when all is said and done and I dont want it to get anoxic. Will I be okay with the eggcrate and powersand to prevent this or should i cut the eggcrate there and shove a couple larger lava rocks down to take up the space below the substrate?