I am planning my very first high-tech tank, a 20 gallon long which will house a single betta and probably a couple of nerites. I have a few questions regarding the tank. To begin, my pH after resting out of the tap is just about 7.8, the hardness is pretty much as high as you can get without having the water be a solid mass.
I would love to keep dwarf baby tears as the carpet plant in here. I have a Finnex Ray 2 LED for the setup, and can supplement with a smaller T5 if that's ever needed.
1) Im 99% set on eco-complete as my substrate, but feel free to chime in on that. What kind of root tabs would you say are the best? I'm willing to make them if there is a good recipe out there, and price isn't too much of a factor (within reason).
2) Planning on doing Seachem liquid ferts for both micro and macronutrients. Any qualms about that?
3) This will be my first CO2 setup, would using a glass diffuser and an Aquaclear 50 be okay? My other plan would be doing an Eheim 2213 with in-line injection. Advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Any suggestions are welcome, as I am clueless as to what is best.
4) I am planning on keeping some of the more unusual anubias, as well as crypts and the dwarf baby tears. If you have any other plant suggestions for high pH and hard water shoot away!