Registered last May as I was in the final preparations for moving house and was planning a new tank.
Now, we've settled and gotten 'more important' things done, I can follow up.
Planning a sumped 6x2x2 (180G) and would like to grow some plants successfully but nothing as dramatic as I had planned, basically I want a well rounded community tank like I currently have, but with real, not plastic plants.
I propose a filter turnover rate of about 10x per hour through the sump.
I do know-
I want LED lighting. Which ones as yet, I'm not sure. That can wait.
I'm not going to have any CO2 injection.
My current livestock, which will transferred from a Rio 240 are:-
5 Silver Sharks, 4-6".
3 Synodontis Eupterus, 5".
1 extremely boisterous Clown Loach 4" (I rehomed him from a travesty of a tank, he will get some friends soon!)
2 Cherry Barbs, 1 1/2" and about 8yo!
2 Plecs, 6 and 8".
8 Corydoras, 1- 1 1/2".
1 Male Sailfin Molly, 2 1/2".
As you can see, I have a penchant for bottom dwellers, most of which like to have a good root around...
I have done searches on here over the past week or so and end up going round in circles, trying to sort the wheat from the chaff.
My main queries are-
Are my fish really even suitable for a planted tank?
What plants, considering no CO2?
What substrate, considering all the above? (Digging fish etc)
After that I will come back to the lighting, which will be the greatest financial outlay but is reliant on the answers I get to achieve a nice balance.
Please point me to well received threads, give any suggestions etc.
I don't know enough to know what to look for, but know enough to know I don't know...