Newbie - low tech tank.
i am a newbie planning to start a low tech tank.
below are the stuff i am planning to start with. are the ok?
Tank: 4ft 67gallon
Stand: 4ft iron stand position near to window for some sunlight
Cover: 2 piece thin clear acrylic with some drilled holes to prevent fish jumping out
Light: 3ft Cool white LED light 7watts - is this good enuff?
Filter: 2 air-driven corner sponge filter - is this good enuff?
Background: blue or black - which color is better?
Soil: 1inch garden soil from nursery
Gravel: 1inch black gravel
Decor: Driftwood or Bogwood - i like to lower the PH a little to 6.5. which type of wood is better?
Plants: some low tech plants i have in mind.
floating plants - Tropical Hornwort
background plants - Jungle Val
midground plants - Windelov java fern, Crypt Beckettii (purple color?)
foreground plants - Java moss
Threadfin rainbow fish
Oto or dwarf cory - which catfish is better?
Cherry red shrimps
Neon green shrimps
Aura blue shrimps
Malaysian trumpet snails
please advice thanks folks :)
thanks for your great advice.
i live in a tropical country,singapore and temp is hot stable around 28-30 degrees.
i did not want a power filter as they will raise the temp higher than 28degrees. as shrimps cannot take high temp.
but then again, as you have advice. i have a 1600L/hr 4ft (over head)OHF filter which i might re-used again for this planted tank.
i really like the LED lights but was worried than it is too weak therefore i plan to plac my tank near window for some sun daylight and compliment by the LED.
i bought IKEA LEDBERG 3ft LED lights but they are warm white yellowish and very weak.
thanks i will use bog oak to lower PH
as for shrimps i will go for cherry red shrimps first
In my experience cherry shrimp do badly at 28 degrees and start dropping like flies at 29-30*C. Never tried a sun powered tank myself but you may want to monitor the temperature while you cycle and make your stocking decisions once you know what the tank temperature will be. In that time you can also see if the light is strong enough to grow plants, if not at least you don't have animals to worry about while you make any adjustments.
I would look into a chiller.
I also wouldn't try natural lighting it will cause all sorts of problems if you place it in a heavily lit area.
Natural light could potential be a big problem just starting out.
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