I have just ordered a Low-Iron 12 Gal, upgrading from my Fluval Edge 6 gal. I always wanted a tank this long but not too big and it exists, WOO!
Now, I would say this will be my first, 'real' aquarium. As the setup I will have to decide instead of everything coming with the Fluval Edge.
The Fluval Edge was planted and had cherry red shrimp but did not fair well, neither did the shrimp with the inadequate lighting and whatnot. So, this time I want to make sure things are right, so I have questions. I've looked at every listed 12G post but there are a lot of 'Why this?' questions.
"You know nothing Jon Snow..."
I plan on this tank being a 'to scale' aquascape, with a tree made of some sort of wood and 'HC' as its leaves, as well as using 'HC' as a bottom covering plant. As for other plants, haven't gotten that far yet.
I would also like to use 'Seiryu Stones' for the mountain outcrops. I do not have a layout made out yet.
Onto the technical stuff...
Over and over I see people using the 'Eheim Classic External Canister Filter 2213
'. Why does everyone choose this filter? And what are some alternatives? I have never used an external canister filter before, however I see the pipes that go into the tank are green. I would like to replace these with clear glass. Alternatively, on this subject, I've often seen people using 'Lily pipes'. What are the benefits to these/why are they used? I do NOT want to drill any holes into this tank.
Spraybars for flow or....?
A long while ago I bought Amazonia
substrate from the states and it was hell in customs getting it into Canada. I'm looking for a similar (as dark as possible) substrate that I can get in Canada or to Canada relatively cheap. Suggestions?
I really REALLY like the look of the 'Current Satellite Freshwater LED+
' bar. Will this be adequate enough to grow 'HC'? The tank is also located right in front of a window.
- If I have a wood branch sticking out of the water, will the shrimp climb it and uh...you know, forget to come down or something and die?
- Can I put a beta fish with red cherries?
- I want to get some Indonesian Fire Reds (cherries). Does anyone sell/ship to Canada on here? What is the general price range for them? $__$
- Where can I find some nice aquascape wood online that resemble tree trunks?
Thank you for anyone who takes the time to answer any of my tedious questions. While I do look on forums and use good ol'Google, I find it hard to get answers that directly relate to my questions sometimes. And I'd like to get advice from all the experts here on their first hand accounts :3