A newbie with a 100 gallon tank
I've recently come into possession of a 100 gallon tank. The thing is 6 feet long, and I have no place for it in my house, so I plan on keeping it in my verandah.
I've read a whole lot of FAQ's on starting an aquarium, and I have a few questions that I think is specific to my situation.
1) Since the tank will be in my verandah, it will receive 2-3 hours of direct sunlight a day, and bright indirect light for the rest of the day. Is this sufficient?
2) Would my tank need a filter and an oxygen stone? (I plan on filling the tank up with loads of plants). If they do, then I would have to shift it to a shadier part of the verandah, where it would receive just bright indirect light through the day.
3) Is there any situation where I can make the tank virtually maintenance free?
Any combination of snails, shrimp, plants etc, that will help the tank sustain itself with me just topping up water levels?
It can get quite warm in Mumbai, so I don't think I would need a heater or thermometer.
I plan on taking this all very slowly, and I'm hoping to introduce fish into the tank by December.
Thank you for reading.