Hey Everyone, just joined and excited to receive feedback and advice. This is my first tank and I feel like I have done a ton of research but I know it's a hobby you learn as you go. When I initially started I wanted a very easy setup but every time I do research I want to do more and more.
Equipment I have to start:
-AquaMaxx Rectangular Low-Iron Rimless Aquarium - 9.6 Gallon
-Hygger Aquarium Fish Tank Light, White and Blue LEDs, Clip on Led Clamp Light for Aquarium Lighting, with Adjustable Big Clip and Flexibel Neck (45 LED, Clip 0.98 inch)
-Hygger Submersible Fish Tank Heater, Heat-Resistant Milky Quartz Made, with External Temp Controller, 50W
-Penn Plax Cascade 500 Canister Aquarium Filter
-JARDLI Glass Mini Inflow & Outflow Lily Pipes for Nano Aquarium Planted Tank (17mm for 5/8''(16/22mm) tubing)
-Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum (Base Layer)
-Flourite Black Sand (Cap Layer)
I started with dry start method to grow some Monte Carlo in foreground and Java Moss on the hardscape. Pics are 2.5 weeks since plant and I'm excited to see Java Moss begin to grow. I've seen great condensation during the whole process and only wiped front glass for photo. Only issue I've encountered to this point was a little white hair allege (not positive) on one piece of wood. Simply used a toothbrush and it hasn't reappeared yet.
Plan is to submerge the tank in a few more weeks after I'm confident Java Moss has attached. Still haven't decided on the mid or background plants but I would love some red to play off rocks if you all think I will have enough light. I originally didn't want to do co2 but as I go I think I'm going to need it. Just came across the Fluval mini co2 kit and I think it might suffice for my needs. The passive diffuser does look big but I figure I can kinda hid it behind tall rock in back right.
Once plants are established I'm thinking a variety color of Shrimp and a few male Endler's livebearer. Again I'm here to learn so please don't hesitate to give feedback and advice.