Hi all! First post on this account. I had another account on here when I was 12 that had like 700 posts but I forgot the password and felt it was time for a change. This is a thread I wanted to start to catalogue my progress on this tank, as well as to seek some help from the community, as I have a number of questions about setup that I would really appreciate some help on.
A little bit about me: I am now 21 and will be graduating from Boston College this May and starting work in Manhattan in July. For this Christmas, I thought it would be nice to start pulling together some pieces for a little tank to bring with me to the office after I'm settled for a month or so. I've had about 5 tanks in the past, ranging from a low tech manzanita scape, to a higher tech 29gal with pressurized co2, to a reef. Now, I'd love to really go all in on this office tank I plan to set up. I anticipate a lot of hours in the office and I'm sure a little tank space will be nice for stress relief.
My priority for this tank is to make it look as polished as possible. My Christmas gift from my parents was an ADA Mini-S (or 30w cube garden, as it's referred to now) and a chunk of "aquarium money". So far, since yesterday, I put some of that money toward standard Aqua Soil Amazonia, about 12 pounds of seiryu stone from BucePlant.com, an AZOO Flexi Mini light in silver, and a nano co2 diffuser. While this is a start that I'm definitely happy with, I know I have a lot to go.
My shopping list for right now is as follows:
-Nano co2 system
(was hoping for one of those smaller kits with the tiny pressurized cylinder, especially since this is for my office and I don't want to freak people out by wheeling in a 10lb pressurized cylinder; sidenote, I'd be totally okay with a non-kit alternative and getting everything separately, if its better for quality)
(was thinking an Eheim 2211 with a single double tap release coupling to lever down the flow a bit)
(I was hoping for suggestions on a good inline option that wouldn't fry the fish. However, I know there is very little below 150w that meets that profile, so anyone that could make a suggestion on a nano-appropriate inline heater with compatibility to the 13mm 2211 tubing, please let me know)
I'd really love advice on the filter, co2 accessories, and heater. Any input there would be awesome. I'd love for a slightly stronger filter, so I can place it on the floor beneath my desk and run the tubes through the open space for the wires to my computer (I've interned this past summer at my soon-to-be full-time employer, so I can know what to expect desk-wise). I'm trying to keep all the hardware (excluding the mini co2 canister) concealed, so the 2211 with a good inline heater is key.
The seiryu stone and Amazonia is slated to arrive around January 5th, so I'll follow up with some hardscape pics then. I'm shooting for a steep slope with a singular focal point stone, but the vision is better embodied via picture than words, so I'll include some hardscape follow up pics in the weeks ahead when that arrives. I don't intend to fill until I'm actually in the office, but I want to have as much in place as possible, so I don't distract any coworkers. That said, I'll be carrying in the tank with the hardscape finished. Consequently, I can mess with the tank over six months before filling
Thanks in advance for any comments you might be able to give!