Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Pasadena, california
If I answer my own question, I am looking for basically 3 or 4 water loops, but I tend to try to upgrade all the time.
Harder cooler water for cories, rasboras and rainbows. This is probably a longer tank.
A shrimp tank.
A warm soft water tank for south American chiclids, schooling tetras, and loaches. I get mixed reviews on the necessary tank height, but it neems like 18" minimum for angels, 21" for discus, and 30" for altums.
I'd also like to run an aquaponics system, but this can easily be combined with the rainbow tank since they're hardy and the parameter ranges have a broad overlap. I've actually done this before, and have a current project that is being abused. If I ever get a backyard big enough in socal, I'll do a pond with a greenhouse filter.