I was hoping you guys might be able to offer a little advice towards my current situation, which is as follows;
I have a 7g bowfront thats been sitting empty for quite awhile now. Because it used to be a nano reef it has a 32watt retrofit PC fixture, which gives me over 4 watts per gallon, not to mention its a shallow tank. Because of the high light intensity, I've been thinking that a shallow stream biotope would be perfect for this tank. I could even connect a small powerhead to a Coralife Power Center for some wave action. Anyways, here are some questions I was hoping you guys could assist me with.
1) What sort of plants would do well in this environment while still fitting in with the stream biotope? I've been looking through Amano's first two Nature Aquarium World books and have decided to go with a somewhat spacious aquascape, with some smooth rocks here and there. As far as plants go I was thinking that long, flowing, tall leafed plants would look pretty nice with small patches of ground cover here and there. (If only my knowledge of plant names were what it used to be.)
2) Because of the small size of the tank, I really don't want any bulky CO2 injecting equipment, pipes, tubes, etc. inside of the tank. While browsing the LFS today I noticed that Seachem has a Flourish Carbon liquid supplement available. Would this be a sufficient replacement for CO2 injection?
3)Can anyone recommend a small powerhead that is durable enough to withstand being used as a wavemaker?
Any other advice is most appreciated and thanks in advance for any assistance offered!