Opinions on starting a 7-10 Gallon Nano?
First time poster, long time lurker!
After getting a buddy into the fish hobby, It inspired me to take a stab at doing a nano tank of sorts once more. I have tried in the past with my tried and true 10 gallon, and did have some success. This was crippled by me moving and the tank getting bare minimum maintenance for a few months during and the plants being destroyed and the tank basically wiped clear again.
So. To my point. I wanna do a new setup, and was looking at a good nightstand or desk tank, and was looking at a few different setups, but was curious to the thoughts of those more knowledgeable than I.
Basically wanna do a tank with some basic crypts, swords, and would ideally wanna do a carpet of Dwarf Hairgrass. Almost got it to work in my 10 gallon before the tank bombed out. I also tend to buy plants based on the LFS selection as opposed to a preset list, so some flexibility will be in the plant selection.
Only inhabitants would be Shrimp, possibly a few smaller fish(Ember Tetras/Dwarf Cory)
Substrate will likely being Fluval Startum, or possible organic dirt with a sand or gravel cap. Heater will be added depending on what fish are added.
Always liked Fluval tanks, and its a nice compact package with everything I want included. Comes with C02 and is a rimless tank, and looks great at the LFS, at least the older model they have on the counter. However I've heard that the Filter is underpowered, the C02 system is a pain versus DIY and other alternatives, and the light will only grow low/mediumish plants. For the high price point($120 at the LFS, I prefer to support my local buisnesses when possible) I could easily put together a build from scratch that should be better.
Mr Aqua 7.5 Gallon Rimless
From what I've lurked, these seem like a good combination, with easy to hide filtration, and the correct amount of light, and what seems to be a popular tank in and around the planted tank and fish communities. Not sure if that will be enough light to support heavy plant growth or not. I can swap some of these items out with the first idea, but at that point its not even worth buying the tank to shelf half the equipment.
I know this might be a bit of a drawn out post, but I'm really trying to nail down a possible design and hoping I'm actually understanding plant requirements correctly. I can keep fish without issue, had several tanks over the years, currently have a 55 community and my old 10 gallon as a shrimp tank, but both are very lightly planted, and easy, simple growth plants. Any help you guys and girls can provide would be very appreciated!