Hey, everyone! I'm not new to the site but this is my first post here. I found it while looking for some info on a paludarium that I wanted to set-up in the future. But I've been asked to set-up a freshwater tank for my sister so I'm asking for any generlal advice you can give.
I'm not new to fish as I've had a 46 gal reef that's been running for about 5 years. But freshwater is a whole new world that I know very little about. I'm looking for the simplest set-up possible because the tank isn't in my home although I'm sure I'll be called over quite regularly for maintence
I do know the look that I'm going for, just not sure about the the means to achieve it. What I want to do is give her a nice community of colorful fish, very natural looking, with a few plants. I like the look of moss, rocks, driftwood, and I was def trying to add some shrimp(red crystal?).
The tank is a 28 gallon cube and stand with a single strip stock lighting, not sure of the wattage. But I did advise her she would probably have to upgrade the lighting. It also has a mirrored background which I'm not to fond of, I think darker really brings out the inhabitants color.
The filtration is an AquaClear 30, but she just bought it 2 days ago and I can easily return it for something better.
The susbstrate is your standard gravel, but do I need something more like soil?
Also do I need something like a powerhead for circulation or a air-pump with tubing and stones.
I have a Ro/di unit for the water. Also I have easy acces to Petco, Petsmart, Home Depot, and a local nursery.
Any advice you can give on general set-up would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.