So I joined this forum because everyone seems really eager to help one another and seems a lot nicer than all the other forums I've been stumbling upon when doing research. (A LOT of RESEARCH!!)
Well I picked up the new fluval edge 6G LED a couple weeks ago. Even after reading thread upon thread, post upon post, and forum upon forum I still and have some questions. I'm looking for some opinions from fellow tank lovers about my tank setup.
The tank is sitting in my room right now completely clean and gutted...Didn’t want to start anything before running it by this thread.
So ok here it goes...My first stab at a planted tank...
- 50W fully submersible adjustable heater
- Standard aqua clear filter that comes with the edge
- Fluval edge pre filter sponge
- After reading the comments on the new led setup on the edges. I decided to upgrade the standard 21 LED that comes with the 6G to the 42 LED light kit made for the 12G fluval. Ordered it last night so should be in the next couple of days.
- Black Fluorite (10pds)
- C02 Booster
- Root Tablets
- Plant Food (Petsmart)
- 2 Pieces of Amazon Driftwood (Already boiled)
Flora: This is what I'm thinking.. Looking/wanting opinions on this
o Java Moss or Christmas Moss…Which one is preferred?
o Do you think this will just take over the tank? Or too hard to keep with the small opening in the edge?
- Amazon Sword
- A couple Crypts
o Any Recommendations on the species of crypts that would go well with the edge/setup?
Fauna: Again, What I’m thinking.. Opinions Wanted
- Shrimp two different species (any suggestions)
- Trumpet snails (to turn the gravel over)
- Open to other snails, fish, anything..
- Would love to put a fish or two but don’t want the shrimp being gulped up as a midnight snack
- Any other recommendations on any other type of plants would be great! This is my first planted tank so I want to be extra careful with this part.
- I would like to stay away from the C02 tanks and all that because of two reasons.. One, being it’s expensive… Two, just looks like a hassle to setup and maintain. Any input? Will I be able to grow a good number of plants without it and just using supplements (excel, tablets, etc.)
- Since I upgraded my hood to the 42 LED kit do you think that is enough light now for the 6G? Or Do I need more?
- I would love to get two stones for the edge and wrap them in a moss. I know that I don’t want to use any stones/rocks that can be found outside because it can harm a tank. So any recommendations on this issue?
Thanks for tanking your time and reading about my setup. I’m really excited about starting this tank but need to be patience! So that’s why I need the forums help!
Sooo many questions, I'll try my best.
First, try to think of what you want the final tank to look like and go from there. With the 42 LED, I think you will be fine with your choice of plants but if you can, get a table lamp to help out the corners of the tank. Due to the hood, it's does limit the corners of light.
My suggestion is to add the stone, plants, etc first before the fish. You will help get the cycle going and also be able to move things around if you choice. Since the space is limited, you might freak out the livestock with too much of a rescaping.
Adding Co2 with Excel will work for some plants but it really doesn't replace pressurized Co2. You can get a small 5lb and a Aquatek for about 200. Then you can grow all sort of stuff.
How about this:
Moss on Rocks
Driftwood with Moss
Dwarf Hair Grass - Easy carpet plant , try to add a space divider because they can over take other plants.
HC Cuba - If you use a desktop lamp 23 watt 6500 k along with Co2, you will have no problems with this great plant.
Add some Fire Red Shrimp to deal with algae, they have very little bio-load and are hardy.
Some people might tell you to buy Dry Fertilizers but for such a small tank, you can buy Seachem line which will last you a while.
If you don't want to do a Co2 system, you can add Excel with a DIY Co2.