Greetings all! I've never attempted a planted tank before, but I'm going all in with this first attempt - trying to do it right. My goal is a high tech planted nano with an emphasis on the foreground plants. Themes are 1) Simplicity - along the lines of the Iwagumi style 2) excellent aesthetics - I would like to be able to photograph at a moments notice 3) Regular but not over the top maintenance.
My inspiration is the European aquascaping scene on YouTube - GreenAqua, Jurijs Jutjajevs, George Farmer, Amateur Aquatics, and TheCineScaper in particular. I like their approach to the hobby and their design philosophies as well.
I'm looking for suggestions on what will/won't work and suggestions to make it better. Budget is $4-500.
Tank: Lifeguard aquatics Low iron glass 9.6G (18x11x12) or
the Landen C30 7.1G (12" cube)
Light: One Flat Nano+ (15W) I found a deal on a new one for $55 locally so I got it. Sexxxxxy!
Filter: Oase Filtosmart 100 - I like that this has a heater built in! The alternative is the Eheim Classic 250 + an Eheim Jaeger.
Pipes: Jardli glass on Amazon
CO2: Aquatek mini regulator w/Solenoid. 20oz paintball tank (have), Glosso Factory drop checker, Aquario Nano diffuser. Generic check valve and tubing.
Substrate: AquaSoil Amazonia II 9L
Hardscape: 17lbs Seiryu stone
Plants - Going for a dry start most likely. Plants are the area where I'm most clueless LOL.
Foreground: Dwarf Baby Tears or Monte Carlo and Dwarf Hairgrass
Mid: Staurogyne Repens
Background: Ludwigia Arcuata and/or Vallisneria Spiralis. Maybe a Rotala sp.?
6-8 small tetra/danio species Probably Ember or Neon Tetras. Anyone know what this is?
1-2 Pygmy Corydoras
6-10 week dry start
DIY frosted back
Inkbird digital temperature controller
- What, if any fertilizers or additives would be recommended given the plant list above?
- Eventually I may want a moss covered piece of driftwood. What species of moss stays small and would do well here?
- My main sticking point is the filtration. I want quiet and simple! It seems like the eheim really shines here - but I really like that the Oase hides the filter. The Oase is definitely smaller.
Thanks for stopping by!