vtkid: As far as fish go: my intention is to put everyone i already have into the big tank together (not my betta though!). So that will include rummy nose tetras, false julii corys, aneus corys, dwarf chain loaches, otos, a few neons, amano shrimp, bamboo shrimp, and cherry shrimp. then i'll start incrementally increasing my rummy nose school and I'll pick one of my bottom dwellers to build into a school. I'm considering some apistogrammas also.
hoppy: the reason i was thinking of the Milwaukee regulator is that the LFS where i work 1 day a week carries it and i can get it for $106 + tax. Are there performance issues with the milwaukee? I was under the impression it was a well made regulator. I'd like to know what your take on it is.
hydrophyte: i definitely looked at the GLA tanks but it's a smaller tank that's $360 before shipping; I'm sure it will end up at least double the cost of the glasscages tank.
but good lookin' out.
I'm also still struggling with substrate selection. . .I wish i had the space (and the weather) to do mineralized soil- but i don't so i've been reading up on CEC, available nutrients, yada yada
ugh! I think i might do aquasoil or eco-complete. I've had great experiences with the eco but i think i might like to have substrate that's not black, and i would also like to have some contours in the substrate that don't flatten out in 2 weeks. I wonder if i could find enough mineralized soil on S&S. . .does it have to be capped with PFS? I'd do straight PFS and a layer of laterite if it didn't seem to be lacking so many crucial features. so . . . still very undecided
thanks for all the feedback! what would i do without you guys?!