I have had an aquarium in my life for at least 30 years in one way, shape or form. For the past 17 years, I have been strictly Reef only. Currently I have a very low Maintenance bare bottom 66 Gallon mixed reef with a 40 gallon sump at the house. I have attached a photo below. I feel the need for a box of water at work and have always longed for planted tank. I have the below equipment that has been sterilized and cleaned from a previous pico reef I had at the office that didnt work out.
1. Fluval Chi 5 gallon tank with the top removed
2. Aquaclear 20 HOB filter with surface skimmer attachement (may or may not use the surface skimmer) Filter will have the standard sponge, ceramics and carbon used.
3. Small heater
For the light I had been planning to purchase an Astra 20 Clip
on light from amazon. it is an 18 watt COB led that from the reviews it looks decent for what I want to accomplish.
for Substrate I planned to purchase the Seachem Flourite Black Dark Gravel.
For Inhabitants, I had hoped that I could get 3 or 4 neons and some snails. Not really needed anything else.
For plants, I do want live plants in it because after all, it is planted! Just quite sure what plants to get as of yet and how easily they are available to me. I live in a rural area and since it is the office it may be harder to get them in. I relish any advice on some simple easy to care for Greenery I can get. I do prefer long grasses/Leaves that the fish can swim through.
Goal of the tank would be to provide some peace and enjoyment at the office. I hope it to be a Low maintenance tank that I can just sit and look at when Alice from Finance is driving me crazy. Sinc eI passed on the Amazon Prime Special on the marineland AIO system for $40, this is a Budget conscious build.