Hey all, just wanted to get a thread started for my new little project. I've had a 14g Biocube sitting around for a while now, and the original plan was to set it up as a nano reef with a bunch of retrofits, but as my job is managing a fish room at a local independently-owned pet store, and I spend a good chunk of time taking care of both our salt wall and 400g reef, I don't really have the time (or desire) after work to tend to a tiny reef. So, the decision was made to turn it into a small planted tank with some nano species of fish; I have the time to do the small amount of maintenance required on a planted tank of this size, and it'll also be a little easier on my wallet.
Currently it's sitting stock, with the exception of the removal of the bioballs and drip plate from the back of the tank. At some point I'd like to retrofit the light with some LEDs, but for now it's going to be stuck with the stock lighting; I'll likely replace the bulbs with ones more favorable for plant growth. I'm going to get myself a smaller Eheim heater to replace the huge Fluval one (I hate seeing the heater inside the tank like that). Water filtration will be accomplished both by the stock filter cartridge, in addition to a bag of Clear FX Pro. I don't think I'll be setting up CO2 right off the bat, but I might if I decide to upgrade the lighting in the future.
I set it up last night with a few pieces of malaysian driftwood, and some pre-seeded substrate from work. It's a little cloudy right now, but as soon as it clears up I'll start testing and adding plants to it.
Fish plans will likely include a small school of Neon Rasbora (Blue phase) Sundadanio axelrodi,
a few Otocinclus cocama
, and maybe one more species. Not really sure what else I'd add to it, but I'm open to suggestions.
More to come as it happens!