Hi guys! I am back after a long hiatus on this board. You can see in my signature my two previous tanks, both were small nano tanks. This is my first go at a medium sized tank
I am living in Berlin, Germany. I've been here a little while now and a friend of mine gave me her 35 gallon tank and some accessories for free today! I finished up scrubbing it down the best I could with what was at hand. It is glass and she didn't really keep it super clean so there is some grime that I do not have the patience for. But I think it is good enough as it is, it was all free after all.
Anyway, I want to do a heavily planted setup with nothing too fancy, no co2, no high tech lighting, etc etc...
I am thinking about doing a soil substrate and then covering it mostly with sand and leafs. I am thinking about doing some fresh water angels in this tank... not sure yet if that is a good idea, it seems like 30 gallons is the minimum for angels. Well I exceed that by a little bit, but I am curious if you guys think I could have a group of angels in this tank. It is not very tall, but still 35 gallons.
So yeah, I think mostly a planted tank with a school of one species of fish (maybe angels?) and then some sakura shrimps and that is it. Big point being simplicity. Maybe angels are too temperamental? Any advice appreciated!
Also I need to do some research about lighting... I have a hood for this tank that I can use these fluro lights with, but I am not sure I want to use that bulky setup.
I might just go for a diy LED setup, maybe with a strip with blue/red led's for night time lighting... my old 5g nano had a built in blue lighting and I really liked that for night time. I just don't know if you should select specific plant growing spectrum lighting for daytime setup or if you can just take off the shelf stuff at say like the hardware store. I mean I want to probably take easy low-medium light plants anyway so maybe it is pretty simple.
I stop ranting now, here are some pictures of what I have:
ps. the white dresser thing is what I plan to use as my tank stand, it seems sturdy enough
- oh and the tank has a sort of built in corner for filtration... but the wall is filter media, so it is porous and this pump she gave me is a bit strange.. the output I would just stick through the media wall... doesnt seem very strong, but maybe it is good enough... but I do not have filtration media really, just that foam wall... no carbon or whatever, though perhaps I could pile on some into this corner, I dunno - I need to do some research on that.
Thanks for stopping by and hopefully by the end of next week I can get it planted and filled
- gotta get the cycle going.