I just joined a little while ago but I've been checking things out for awhile and really like this site. I liked it so much I finally decided to switch over my 2.5g snail breeding tank (have dwarf puffers) and turn it into a nano tank...I'm soo excited! But I have a few questions/concerns...
So I was thinking of getting a 11" 18W Mini Compact Fluorescent Light Fixture by ODYSSEA, you can see them at http://www.aquatraders.com
. Will this be enough light for most plants? I know about the watt/per gallon rule, but this seems to change when dealing with nano tanks...is there a good rule of thumb for wattage on a nano?
Currently I have an in-tank foam filter (so I didn't suck up baby snails) but want to switch to a HOB to save room. Either a Aqua-clear mini or Redsea Nano. Any opinions on which is quieter/better for this size tank? I want cherry shrimp eventually, so how do I prevent them from being sucked-up into the filter?
I have a nice piece of mini-drift wood and some fluorite already in the tank and I know I want to add some dwarf hair grass and Anubias Nana petite. But what I'm not sure about is what ground-coverage to use...HC, glosso or baby tears? What would be the easiest to keep? Also, I want some color so what would be a nice small 'red' plant for the background? Maybe Ludwigia, Rotala or something else?
Once I get it going I'll post some pics. ANY help at all would be greatly appreciated and all advice is welcomed. Thanks in advance!