29 gallon. Planning, thinking out loud, what to do?
So I have this 29 gallon tank that has served many uses. It's been a low-tech planted tank, it's been a breeder, it's been a hospital tank, it's been a lot of things. Most recently, it was a home to a small handful of elderly Africans moved from another tank. It's not empty. It has some scratches, some hard water spots, and other things. So I took it out, cleaned it out, and scraped and scrubbed (with Bar Keepers Friend) the glass so it is nearly brand new looking. Currently filled with water. Within a couple days of losing the last fish I also lost another Aquaclear HOB filter. It has a sand substrate and this aquarium is an Aquaclear slayer. I'm a believer in redundancy, so it still has another HOB filter.
The plan is as follows:
My first ever high-tech, pressurized CO2, planted tank.
I removed the sand substrate and will be replacing it with a new substrate; suggestions welcome. I was thinking eco-complete, but I'm still researching.
I may do a 3D background, because I've never done that before. Any suggestions for one that isn't too obtrusive and would be good with a planted tank? There's only so much room in a 29; I may skip that.
Going to a canister filter, for sure. May keep the existing HOB filter as extra filtration. This aquarium is in the dinette and not really a nuisance, noise wise. But after switching my 75 gallon Oscar tank to a Canister, I'll never go back!
Pressurized CO2 with an inline diffuser in conjunction with the canister is the plan, still learning there.
Lighting will be replaced with a T5 setup. Probably a dual bulb T5 setup.
As for stocking? Absolutely no clue.
So yeah, talk about early stages.
Any input? If you had a blank canvas 29 gallon; what would you do with it? Really thinking I'll go with small schooling fish. A variety of color and activity.
Also very interesting in input for plant stocking.
Hmm... We shall see! Still in the early planning stages.