Hi everyone, thanks for reading!
I couldn't find a beginners forum, so I hope this is ok here.
My tank is 60cm long, 30 wide and 35 cm high, so 63 litres (16.6 gallons).
I want to have plenty of plants and hardscape, but just want to keep a single Betta.
Using a little formula I found on another forum, I think I'll need a 75 watt heater to keep the water at 24 celcius (75 farenheit). Is my math right? The average yearly temp of Auckland is 15 celcius.
Bettas like low light, so what kind should I use? And what plants do well with low light?
I wanted to go with a South-East Asian theme and add a small ruined looking buddha head like this: http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/11239/buddha.jpg
a little gimmicky, but I think it could look good. What materials are safe to add to a tank? Concrete or something?
Logic tells me that with lots of plants, and a single fish, there will be plenty of oxygen (too much?) and very little CO2 in the tank. Will I need to add extra C02? And how much? Does a surplus of oxygen do any damage to the plants or fish?
I notice that almost every tank on this forum has shrimp and/or snails in them. Are they there to help clean the tank? For purely aesthetic reasons I'd rather not have any, but are they necessary?
I'm sorry there's so many questions, don't feel like you have to answer them all! Just reading some of the posts here, with everybody speaking in strange acronyms makes it all seem very complicated. I want to make sure I'm prepared before I start.
Thanks so much!