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New 12x12x12 cube need lots of help

I'm ready to delve into the world of a small planted tank. I just bought the tank today but I literally have zero ideas where I want to go from here. The only thing I have thought about is the stock. I've decided on some Hara jerdoni for sure. I'd also like a nerite snail or 2. As far as fish I'm not too sure I looked at green neons but not sure if they are too big for this setup. I literally need suggestions for - lights, substrate, plants, and filter. I'd like it to be as low tech as possible. I tried reading up on the walstad method some but I just ended up confusing myself. So...

#1. What kind of lights do I need for a low light low tech setup?

#2. What kind of substrate is best for low tech low maintenance?

#3. What kind of plants would grow best in the environment described above?

#4. Do I go for a hang on back or a sponge filter?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Sent you a pm, but missed the filter question.

If keeping shrimp, sponge filter is great, but HOB will work well too. I don't think you can go wrong with either filter, if you're familiar with using one over the other, why not go for that one? If HOB I'd recommend Aquaclear 20. If I have to change my Tom mini internal filter I'd probably go for the AC20 for my cube.

For substrate it really depends on the plants you want to grow. Stems and root feeders would probably benefit from active substrate. However, fine gravel is always easy to scape and maintain, and you can use root tabs for root feeders. Plus, it's easier to push plants into fine gravel. I like Caribsea super naturals Peace River. The size range of the particles is 2-3 mm.

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Green neon tetra should have a 18" or more tank length to provide enough swim room
http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...odon-simulans/
I love the above site for fish info, great place.

I have a low tech 11.8" cube.
Lighting:
1 6500k 13 watt cfl in clamp on reflector lamp (hung by a cahin s light is 17" above substrate)
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Philips-6...4399/203248911
http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-150-W...0PDQ/100354511

Well I don't know that it's the best, but if you have a lot of tanks and want to save $ black diamond 'sand' (fine aka 20/40 grit or -60 grit) is wonderfully cheap if you can get to a local Tractor Supply Co. $8 for a 50lb bag (I've used 3 1/2 bags in 10+ tanks, spent only $32, would be over $500 if I got "aquarium sand").
http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pro...ting-abrasives

I am growing java ferns (there's a lot of varieties) and dawrf lily plant. Other plants that work in low light include anubias (also a ton of types to choose from), anacharis, hornwort, crypts (lots of types again), there's plenty more.

For filter its depends on stock and aesthetic (sme fish prefer stronger flowing tanks (sevearl catfish species), others very little to no flow (bettas). I'm a huge fan of sponge filters myself. HOBs can clog over time and overflow into a mess if not cleaned.. also some won't e-start when there is a black out (loss of electricity) because they need pried to work. Air pump driven sponge filter doesn't have this issue.. but the sponge filter airpump can be a bit noisier.

I like Aquaclear for HOBs and Jardin for sponge filters.

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The Hara jerdoni will appreciate a sandy substrate

http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/hara-jerdoni/
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Thanks for the replies that has cleared some stuff up for me. I believe I am going to go with just plain sand. I read some stuff about no co2, low light, no water changes, and some sort of supplemental dosing. The problem with dosing is that how do you know what to use and how much your supposed to use? I'm not sure what products I would even need.
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