True, I'm so used to the reef side of things I didn't think about the size of the plants.
I'm thinking of either going with a 24x12x10 tank or a 10x12x20 tank.
The first size would give me more real estate to place things, where as the second tank would allow me to have some taller plants... I don't know. I could always just go with a rimless 10G standard tank, 20x10x12 isn't a bad size.
I'm still hunting for the regulator for the Fluval CO2-88 system. I have everything but the regulator. and I don't really want to spend the money to buy the entire system again just for that one piece. Any suggestions?
Also, I've seen all these wicked cool shrimp that you guys use in these planted tanks... THAT intrigues me. I've been doing some reading online about the different requirements for each one. What is best, decide on livestock and plan the plant list around the fish/inverts? or vice a versa...
Plants don't really matter much for the different shrimp--big thing there is the water parameters. If you stick with the neocardinas, you won't have to worry about about it as much, they're pretty hardy. And you still have lots of color options: cherry, orange, yellow, green, brown, even some blue variants around. With plants, the main criteria is typically *light* and, occasionally, whether you're dosing c02. No matter what your ultimate set up, if you plan to have shrimp, plan to have some sort of moss--shrimp loooove moss, for the shelter and a great place to chow down on algae and biofilm.