I thought that I would start a thread to keep up with my first aquarium ever. I purchased a 20L on sale at Petsmart a while ago, but only recently found myself in a stable enough living situation to feel comfortable to set it up. It will be planted although it isn't currently. It will probably stay low tech for a lack of funds and time because I'm a college student. I'm going to get easy low light plants and nothing too fancy for fish. This is my first aquarium ever and I don't want to make it a burden on myself.
Marineland Double Bright LED
Eihm Jager 125w heater (might be too large)
Aqua Clear 30 HOB
Substrate: Rinsed all purpose sand
Rocks: Locally sourced river rocks.
Flora / Fauna : None as of yet. My PH is in the high 7 almost 8 range.
Can this heater be mounted at an angle? It's too long to fit in the tank vertically. I believe I went a little overboard with it.
Am I correct in assuming that the heater and HOB should be located near each other so that the return spreads the heat around the tank?
I don't know anyone locally that has an aquarium for me to get seed material from. I'm going to order a biologically active filter sponge from AngelsPlus.com
It seems that they run these filters in their active tanks, and then ship them out to people. I'm just going to cut it to fit in my AC30 and hopefully it will help with the cycle. I know this is an established method for reducing cycle time, but does anyone have any experience with AngelsPlus as a vendor?
This is the initial stone layout using the cardboard from the tank as a reference.
Filling the tank with my ingenious hose nozzle fix.
I moved the main rock feature to the left a little at a friends suggestion. I think it looks better too.
I really like the variety of grain size and color in this sand. It looks much more natural to me.