After toying with 5.5 gallons and 10 gallons for the last few years, the opportunity finally came around to set up my 30 long I've had sitting in my basement for the last 5 years. I have a general idea of what I want to do with it, but I'm far from a finished plan, but are we ever truly "finished" on tank plans?
30 gallon long, 36"L x 12"W x 16" tall (a little room for my stem plants to finally breath).
200 watt hydor inline heater.
Eheim 2213 (flow rate is a little low for the tank size, but it was brand new, complete with media, just asking to be used).
Redsea CO2 kit with paintball regulator, 24 ounce paintball cylinder (I've had this kit forever, never failed me yet so I'm not bothered to upgrade just yet).
DIY simple inline CO2 reactor.
Fluval Fresh & Plant 2.0 (ordered, should arrive shortly) much thanks to @Seattle_Aquarist
for providing some nice reviews and PAR data on this fixture.
Current plants (see photo)
anubias nana petite
green wavy buce
cryptocoryne lutea "hobbit"
red melon sword
I'm sure I missed a few with that list, potential additions to that list include: Proserpinaca palustris, Rotala 'Colorata', Cryptocoryne undulatus, Gratiola viscidula, Myriophyllum tuberculatum,blyxa japonica and likely a monto carlo or HC carpet.
As for stocking, I've got a dwindling low grade orange neo colony I could transfer over, and a handful of boraras brigittae, or I could do something completely new. I'm not set on any stock as of now. Possibly a pair of dwarf cichlids, rams/apistos with a school of smaller fish, or some dwarf rainbows, celestial pearl danios, emerald rasbora. I'm open to suggestions, some stuff a little out of the norm would work.
See pics for the layout.... open to suggestions on that for sure....
If I missed anything I'll swing back and add it in.