Hey all, I've been reading your forum for a couple weeks and have decided to set up a 5.5g AGA planted very soon. I only really have experience with saltwater tanks so this will be a new venture for me. I have a 10 and 5 gallon saltwater running right now The 10 is a reef that has been running great for about 10 months now, so I am pretty good with all the basics for aquariums like lighting and water changes and etc. The 5 is still cycling and is going to be a mantis tank. I was reading this http://www.rexgrigg.com/cycle.htm
and coming from salt was shocked lol. I would've never even dreamed of putting anything into an uncycled tank, especially fish
. I'm going to use a 15w screw in bulb most likely, and when I'm done I'd kind of like to just have a carpet over a hilly scape with some kind of wood in the middle to look like a tree. What would be a good carpet plant to achieve this with this much light? Oh I also don't know much about fresh water water chem aside from knowelge from salt tanks and water hardness coming from my brewing experience. I'll be using RO/DI water though but I don't know what to do for substrate. I don't really care about the price since I won't need much. What would be the easiest and best for my purposes?
I have no idea about stocking fauna and will have to adjust my saltwater brain to wrap around it, since anymore than 1 tiny fish in a 5.5 for salt is a sin. I do like guppies a lot though, dwarf puffers seem really cool too, and I wouldn't be against a species tank or just having one. Gudgeon's look pretty sweet too, looks like they're a lot like clown gobies, are there any that fit in this size of tank? I don't want a ton of life in there, because I usually like to have close relationships with my fish so I know their needs, habits, etc to take care of them better. However, I do love inverts so snails and shrimp are more than welcome. After looking around this is my want list.
and since I love inverts how ever many shrimp you guys recomend
Which of those fish has the best personality when kept in small numbers? Anyway just thought I'd say hi and thanks for any help you can give me