Hey you, I will be building a aquaponics / sump system for my tank to minimize the amount of maintenance on the tank in terms of water changes and grow some produce out of it to eat.
I have a 15 gallon tank and it has 6 Dwarf Gouramis, 5 Ghost Catfish, 6 Kuhli Loaches, & 1 Clown Pleco, I might add an Angelfish if I can find a nice one.
It doesn't look overcrowded, but once they're all full grown I have other tanks I can use if they need an upgrade.
I want the sump to sit about a foot above my tank, on a window sill, for sunlight.
I have a few questions...
How strong does the water pump need to be to carry the water from the tank to the sump? Considering the tank (15g) will be about a foot below the sump.
About how many plants can the fish that I have sustain?
And how vigorous can the plants be?
I'm assuming any plants/veggies will do, if the fish that I have cannot support it all that will happen is the plants growth will stunt. But that's good for the fishies because it means all the nitrates are being taken care of by the plants, right? And thus removing the need for water changes?
Anyway, I am only just starting to learn about all this stuff and would appreciate any input.