I swore off Multi Tank Syndrome years ago but its beginning again. I had a planted aquapod ~ 9 years ago, with multiple cichlid tanks...then went straight into SW reef (which was like having a diaper after 8 years)...said I would never fool with the hobby again. Then at the end of last year I went and bought a 90g and started a Tropheus tank. I bought a Finnex Fugeray planted + for just the lighting tone alone (the yellow bands of the Ikola)...and knowing that they are not plant friendly. Perhaps this was a subconscious move to get back into planted tanks. Anyway I went out and bought some anubias/java fern to at least utilize such a great light
Well now I have the bug to go out and buy one of these low iron 18inch cubes...buy another Finnex and pretty much obsess.
First on the Finnex I see that the planted plus is only 16 inches...however I could get a Ray2 that is 18. Would this put me into CO2 if I decided on the Ray2 d/t size?
Should I do an inline heater or just hide it?
Stocking -- I was thinking of either Apistos or GBR's with tetras, otos, cory's. Any suggestion on numbers in an 18cube.
What kind/size of canister should I get? (not fond of Rena's and do not want to fool with a sump/plumbing)
Any suggestions, alternatives, plant stocking..scape are welcome.
btw here is a pic of my 90g Tropheus tank