Noob 1st post/planted tank with tons of questions, please go easy on me
. A fellow reefer donated me his new Fluval Edge 6g so I'm decided to turn it into a simple iwagumi style planted aquarium. Been doing lots of reading on this forum and googling around, I would love to hear your opinions on this plan. Thanks in advance for your opinions and comments and apologies if I post in the wrong place or ask too many questions.
What I've done to the tank so far.
Tank: Fluval Edge. I frosted the back with window frosted film. I made a box out of frosted acrylic to hide those heater, temp/pH probe, hob filter's tube...
Light: I gutted the old light, planning to do LED with ~9 XP-G but not sure of the color temperature. Which white look good with plant? Warm, neutral, or cool? White is enough or should I add some blue or other color too?
Controller: My old ReefKeeper Lite to control heater, co2, light, ph...
Co2: I got a 5 lbs tank with electronic solenoid/regulator. I'm planning to dose co2 straight to the HOB filter's pump, hopefully the impeller will chop-up the bubble to create extra contact time and the filters to stop the co2 bubbles from going to the tank. Hope this method work so I don't have to use the diffuser. I also ordered the drop checker as well, is this a good method to measure co2 or should I monitor pH as well?
Substrate: I'm going with just Amazonia II powder, I think the regular size is too big for nano tank, what do you think? Do I need anything else underneath the Amazonia soil or it's fine by itself?
Plants/livestock: I'm trying to keep thing nice and clean, probably just hc, flame or christmas moss, and maybe dwarf hair grass. For livestock, I'm planning on crs, amano, and perhaps some oto and nerite later on.
I'm planning to do the dry start method with hc for a month or 2 and the rest will go in when filled.
That's it for now, thanks for reading