First cube, first rimless, super excited. I'm down sizing my tank collection to just this one, maybe another larger rimless, and a smaller rimless for work. This is the first one I'll be building.
What it is:
12"x12"x12" 7.5g Mr. Aqua tank
- AquaClear 30 HOB filter with sponge and purigen
- Finnex FugeRay-R Ultra Slim LED Fixture +RED boost
- Fissidens fontanus
- Java moss
- Others yet to be decided
- Super Tigers
- Some sort of neo, possibly Blueberry if I can find some
- Small rocks locally collected
That's where I'm at right now. I have the tank, light, filter, and Buddha. I have a source for rocks, I'm getting ready to test now to see how the rocks I've found affect water parameters. I have an RO filter and my tap water isn't bad, so I need to decide which I want to use.
With the tiger shrimp, I'd really like to get my tank water closer to pH 7. Out of the tap mine is 7.6 and out of my RO it's 6.4. If I can split the difference I'd be happy.
So, right now I'm looking for thoughts on substrate. I was thinking Eco-Complete or if I can find it, crushed lava rock. That is unless I find that I need a buffering substrate. Then probably I'll go with Amazonia, but I'm afraid that will buffer the pH too low. I don't trust FSS, so I don't think I want to go that route. UP Shrimp sand I also thing buffers too low. Other options?
Let me know what you think...I can use all the help I can get.
Lights on, not too bright which is good in my case...
Red lights only...
Edges and silicon seem pretty nice...