I'm semi-new to this forum, I have been PMing and asking specifics from some people but I decided making a thread might be a bit easier to follow.
I'm moving to college next year (UCSD) and I want to start up a new 20 gallon long. I have had 8 tanks in the past ranging from 5 gallons to 55 gallons, and I have mainly dealt with African Cichlids. Now I am interested in freshwater plants and tropical fish (more for aesthetics than anything). I had fun with cichlids but the constant breeding and selling of fish became too much for me to handle.
So I have already decided on a glass 20 gallon long tank. Now I need help understanding how to start and maintain a tank for these specific fish and plants: L144 Blue Eyed Yellow Bristlenose Pleco (1), Neon Tetras (6-8), Cherry Shrimp (8-10), Blyxa Japonica (or something similar that will grow taller so I can run it along the back of the tank), and Dwarf Hair Grass.
I want to keep the tank simple since it is my first experience with plants. Also I want the tank to look similar to the one in this thread here
. With the DHG in the foreground and the Japonica (or something that grows taller) in the back. I will also be getting a few small river rocks for the middle ground in the tank. I know I need driftwood for the pleco so I will get a piece of that as well.
With my current stock list I just need to know what kind and how much lighting I need, what filtration would be sufficient (maybe even over filter it since I would rather be safe than sorry), and how to run my CO2 system (I don't know much about CO2 yet).
EDIT: Also I have been referred to this website
for lighting, does anyone else think this would be a good idea? Should I run my tank as an open top? If so how would I hang my lighting above it?