I am a fairly experienced fish keeper, have owned a 55, 75, 125, 180 and 300g tank. Sadly i have NEVER had a tank smaller then a 55 nor have i ever had a planted tank, so this thread is going to be about my first "mini" planted tank ever. i take criticism just fine so if i do something dumb dont be afraid to yell at me!
ANYWAYS lets get started.
last week i helped a buddy of mine setup a 55g tank, afterwords he gave me his 10g for free. It came with a filter, heater and the stock hood. tank is in great shape so i thought it would be a perfect opportunity to learn about planted tanks.
first thing i did was add normal kids play sand which i now realize isnt the BEST for growing plants but whatever i will make it work. i also had a small piece of driftwood that i had laying around and bought a few assassin snails.
the plan for the tank was to order a fancy betta, 4 or 5 kuhli loaches and the snails but since i have changed my mind and am going to do the snails, kuhli loaches and 4 dario dario. seems like alot of fish for a 10g tank but other people i have talked with seem to think it will be fine.
for lighting i have ordered a marineland double bright LED setup. for my first tank i wanted something that is good looking, simple and low light. didnt need anything crazy off the bat.
for plants im hoping to do some moss and a few other low light plants (really dont know anything about different species of plants).
for filtration the tank came with a top fin 10 but i didnt think that was enough so i added a small whisperer filter.
i do have a few questions.
how deep should my sand bed be?
should i add another type of subtrate along with the sand or is there anything i can add too the sand to make it more nutritious?
is my filtration strong enough for 9 fish?
all feedback will be appreciated