I've spent more time in the past couple of years playing with saltwater nanos than freshwater tanks, so I definitely consider myself a newbie. As such, I'm going to try to keep this tank as simple as possible. My tentative plans are as follows:
-Theo Hydor 50w heater. I have this from a previous setup, but I think I'm going to switch to the visitherm stealth because the black housing will be less visible against the soon-to-be black background
-To be determined HOB filter, probably an AC 10. They seem to be the gold standards for HOBs on salt tanks (though they're typically modded into fugues). I'm going to try to make a lunchtime run to Petco tomorrow to get one.
-To be determined substrate, leaning toward either the aquasoil amazonia or this new black colored fluorite I saw recently.
-CO2: I think I'm going to try a DIY setup, though there's a chance I'll go the Flourish Excel route depending on how the DIY effort goes.
-Lighting: I've got two options, please check my next post to give me some suggestions on what route to go.
Undetermined yet, I like this iwagumi style people keep referencing, and might find inspiration in that. I'll see what kind of rocks I can dig up in my searching tomorrow.
All species TBD
. I'd really like a ground cover in the foreground. Can anyone give me some tips on my options? I'm going to try to go with a heartier, taller plant in the rear corners to mask the heater, HOB intake, and the CO2 diffuser if I end up going that route. I'm big on hiding equipment.
If it's not too cramped, I think I'll go with 3 of the same species: neon tetras, rasboras, or the like? Just not a betta
I'm not a fan of freshwater shrimp. If they have some ecological value I haven't read about yet, I'm not opposed to adding them. But barring that, I'll just stick with a few fish.
And now, on to the light issue, where I could really use some help.