need help--first riparium
Hi. I have a 30gal planted low tech tank so I'm not totally clueless, but I definitely need some help setting this up. I have been reading and reading as much as I can but I still have questions.
Originally I hoped I could just de-rim the 10gal tank I have but I think maybe I should just get a rimless. I'm aiming for something between 10 and 20 gal. I like the look of the plants growing out of the top of the tank, rather than being kept in like in the high humidity set ups. This tank would be for a betta. Ok on to questions:
1. I want to go with LED lighting. How do you determine the amount of light to use and how do you know how high to put it over the tank?
2. I like the look of the hardscape being various sized smooth, round river stones with I guess sand. I've read people buy special sand from ADA etc. but I've also seen people use play sand? I would like to plant some low-tech, easy plants among the rocks so should I use dirt topped with sand or should I buy special substrate?
3. I have a submersible filter. It's good for up to 10 gal, which I think would be enough if I got a tank that was say around ~15gal I would fill it about half way right? So that's not even 10 gal. But should I get a canister filter instead? Can I go filterless? Only that I'm thinking my betta would probably prefer very little flow in the tank but then again how to make sure the heat is evenly distributed? What do you think the best option would be for the betta?
That's all I can think of right now. Thanks a bunch!