Jumping in! Thoughts and advice welcome.
Hi, all -
I've recently moved into the world's most boring office, so I'd like to add a little life to it. I have a few plants, but a desktop aquarium would really help reduce the stress and give me something to care for. I used to have a 125 gallon reef tank before I moved, so I'm familiar with a fair amount, but a planted nano freshwater tank is a new adventure! I have so many ideas and questions, if you'd be willing to humor a noob.
I've been reading around for a few weeks now, and I'm interested in refining my ideas. For simplicity's sake, I've been pondering a filterless, heavily-planted tank so I can basically just have one cord for the light going anywhere (and maybe/probably a heater), but while it seems feasible in theory, I'd rather have people with more experience pick this apart.
I've got a beautiful hunk of mopani wood for a centerpiece, and I'm considering plants like java fern, moss, anubias, maybe buce, s. repens and/or Monte Carlo and/or pygmy chain sword for carpeting. I'd like to add shrimp, maybe snails, and some dwarf rasbora for fauna. Depending on the height of the tank, maybe some taller plants as well, but here's where things get fuzzy!
If I can go filterless, I'd love to pick up a UNS or Mr. Aqua rimless tank, for example, and just light it and go. If I can't, maybe something more all-in-one like the Flex or Spec V is better. Until I know what's really possible, I can't get myself settled on a tank.
I know for sure I'm staying away from CO2, and since I'm in an office, I'm targeting a system that requires as little dosing and water changes as possible, but if what I'm trying to do is impossible, I'm happy to abandon those thoughts and adapt. Can anybody share any experience or resources that might help refine my possibilities?
(If I've missed a FAQ or am breaking forum etiquette in any way, please correct me!)