Need help with new ideas
OK, so we're (family) going to be getting a new tank to replace the old 29gal. Right now we're looking at a size of 30x18x24 or 30x24x24. Something like that. A few questions:
1. Are there any low-light plants that can grow and flower above water?
2. Are any of the flowers poisonous/toxic to cats?
3. My mother and I were discussing lighting options right now. She doesn't like canopies, I don't mind them as long as they aren't out of proportion or distracting. We had an idea of running a small metal wire/rod arc over the tank and using some kind of pedant light suspended from that arc. Almost like a kind of track lighting. This would be fairly inconspicuous in that it would allow for an open top aquarium, but I'm concerned about light output. The tank will be at least 24" deep and my plans were to keep some low light plants around the center - crypts, java fern, anubias, moss, maybe a sword...the typical low light plants. The problem is that I can't think of anything that would be inconspicuous AND get enough light to those plants. I showed my mom the Coralife fixtures and she did not like them at all. If there is no way to do something like this, I'll just build a canopy with an AHS 1x95 or 2x55 depending on the width of the tank.
Any ideas? Thanks!