Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: St. Cloud, Minnesota
I would invest in a canister filter to add filtration to the tank, rather than another hang on back...they are more customizable in terms of filter media, and generally do a better job of cleaning water, and the certainly offer more of an opportunity for biological filtration.
I have an Eheim 2217 on a 55 and a 75 and a 2215 that used to be on the 55, now its a spare. These are my favorite filters, they are silent and very versatile, easy to clean, easy to change media to whatever you want, and there's almost no bypass (all the water that goes through the filter goes through the media, doesn't leak around).
I originally had a PennPlax Cascade 700 canister filter or something, worked well for 6 years before springing a leak I couldn't fix...unlucky. There are many other brand filters out ther as well, all do a good job, but I just like Eheim Classics since I've started using them, very solid, simple, and effective construction.
As far as the planting of the tank, I think it looks good. Vals, sag, crypts, anubias, and a few stems will make a nice, lush scape...just have to give it time to fill in. I look forward to seeing this tank progress.
I did have a bluegill once that ate cooked pasta and bologna rinds as a treat.
Then again, that fish would probably bite on a cigarette butt.