This is my first post here and I'm happy to meet you all.
I would like to ask you, as experts, for some suggestions on building a good plant worthy foundation for my 20gal tank (see below), and then about populating it. I would like to keep the cost under $500 for everything including the plants, which may take me a couple of months or so to earn.
I would like to fit the hardware inside the cabinet below the tank: minimum- 20"w - 13"t - 15"d, and I would like to use some form of Co2 injection.
I want to do this right, which I know in this business usually means PATIENTS. I have done reading on the basics involved but don't want to get started on the wrong foot, so I'm asking for your help and opinions.
I am prepared to not introduce fish at first if that is smart. I am fairly competent mechanically and can wrap my small brain around some science as well. I have had aquariums most all my life, fresh as well as marine, but never a planted one.
If you suggest something, it would be extremely helpful to me if you could be very specific, as I'll be making a shopping list.
Thanks in advance for your comments and I am really looking forward to discussing this subject with you.