I have been away from the fish hobby for about 10 years, but have decided I would really like a lowish tech, medium light nano planted tank with shrimp. Of course, I would buy a new tank instead of using one of the 8 in the garage, but that's how it goes
After a lot of reading here and a lot of online and local shopping, I think I'm going to go with the Eheim Aquastyle 9
, a big part due to the shipped price of $94 after the AQUASTLYE coupon code on marinedepot.com. I'd thought about the Fluval Ebi's, but I think I prefer the LED light on the Eheim.
Trying to decide on a couple of things before putting in some orders:
Subtrate: I think its down to Eco Complete
or Azoo Plant Grower Bed
. Eco-Complete from Amazon is cheaper, but one bag of either I hope would be enough for this tank. May even find Eco Complete at Petco. Can't remember if I saw it there or not.
Thoughts on the two, or is there another reasonably priced substrate I should consider? I like the black color available in both of these.
I don't have any test kits right now (that aren't 10 years old) to check the pH on my tap water. I know the Azoo is known to lower pH, so I don't know if that's desirable or not. I've ordered a kit from Amazon that should be here later this week.
Heater: What's a good recommendation on a 50W adjustable for a nano tank? Smaller is better for obvious reasons.
I thought about going ahead and starting with a canister of some type (Fluval 106 or one of the Eheims), but I think I'm going to go slowly this time and just see how the included filter and maybe a sponge filter or two do for awhile.
I'm sure I'll have more questions, but I need to get the tank ordered soon as I don't know how long that coupon is good for, and if I do go with the Azoo, I'd order it at the same time.
Thanks for any thoughts. I've kept low light plants before, but mostly stuff like Java Fern and moss in dwarf cichlid breeder tanks. I want to be a bit more serious this time.