First riparrium: filtering options?
I am in the process of designing my first riparrium and have read a ton of threads and journals.
But now it is my turn to ask TPT for help: what are my viable filtration options?
I have read the threads on filterless tanks and that option has a great personal appeal. I just want to pick other people's brains before I get too far and kill my fish.
The plan is to upgrade from my 10g to a shallow 30g cube: 24" x 24" x 12" high. No co2, probably 2 x 19w spiral CFL suspended over the tank, AS Amazonia, a lot of dw, maybe Excel and ferts.
I might have to transition to riparrium in stages as I know very little still about marginal plants. I have a lot of aquatic plants to work with and my current list is a lot of different crypts, ambulia, Limno aromatica, sags, blyxa japonica, pennywort, red tiger lotus, HM, and java fern.
My current stock from the 10g are 20 Cory pygmeus, 7 sparkling gouramies, and 2 pairs of mated blue German rams, MTS and ramshorn snails, maybe shrimp later.
I have Finnex 360, Fluval 406, and Eheim 2075 available but I would rather not use a can if I can get away with it.
I have multiple types of bio media available that I can put under the substrate and/or in baskets for emergent plants and/or even hide some lava rock in the tank.
Would a power head/pump or 2 be enough for filtration/circulation/gas exchange? This would be my very first filter-less setup.
Thank you for any guidance and ideas.
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