Starting over... a 55 gallon
I have set up this tank twice now, once it was pretty successful and I enjoyed it, second time, not so much. So I want to take what I have learned and apply it this third (and hopefully final!) set up.
My two favorite parts are the plants (duh?) and watching a school of fish enjoy the tank. I don't require a fully stocked fishtank, though in the past I've gotten sucked in by the "one more kind of fish for the bottom of the tank" one more for the top, oh ohoh ... I really like THAT fish, I need one (oh wait schooling?) FIVE of thoSE!!! (etc.)
So I think I want to do more of an iwagumi style tank with one school of small neons or maybe rasbora heti. Something like that.
So what I have:
55 gallon tank and stand (duh?)
Fluval 306 canister filter (need to buy all new media)
Heater (I own two but I'm hoping to only use one)
I need suggestions for :
Substrate (I don't mind cost usually... I'd rather pay more upfront and have what works best than constantly fiddle with it)
Stone (falling in love with the videos and scapes on thegreenmachine website) but is there a place within US to order?
Tips on how to achieve a more simple iwagumi-esqe scape with a long skinny 55 gallon tank (I read this is harder?)
Are there different pipes and intake/outtake things for the canister filter that I should be considering? The stuff that comes with the filter looks pretty ugly and most of the tanks I love have those glass intakes/outtakes and I don't even know where they put the heater?! or CO2 stuff? Any tips on this front would be appreciated as well.