That's my problem. I think I have a plan and I see some new fish on a youtube video or something. But yeah...what I do know is I want to school of small fish. Maybe two types that contrast. Then cories are definitely something I do want. Probably try to get a group of 6-10 oto. And perhaps a couple slightly larger center piece fish...was thinking gourami but then though possibly a male betta or female sorority. Not sure how bettas would do in a high tech type community tank...something I need to research. But the gourami I think would work well. Maybe even a pair of peaceful cichlids. Who knows. Too many options.I can't stick to a plan... there are just too many awesome fish and some fish I just have not had luck with... like Neons and Cardinals... but they are really pretty. I hear green Neons group better.
[RANT] That's what I'm going. Some are under a clip on LED floating in my shrimp tank...shrimp love all those extra plants...haha...and the rest are in my still cycling shrimp tank upgrade but with just a lousy clip on and weak LED bulb. Some of the plants are losing leaves now so not sure how they are going to fare. And I can't even blame shipping on the carrier services in this case. The light wasn't in stock like I was told when I ordered it. I was told it was in stock in the FL warehouse and in stock orders go out same day or next day. Out of stock stuff is built and shipped from China...which I don't care about but tell me that so I can plan accordingly. That's my gripe. But...in the end it'll work out I suppose.Awesome plan. Just use another light or desk lamp you have lying around the house for plant light. I have experineced myself and read a bubch of articles about shipping being really slow this year. I think the cariers got more packages than they had expected.
That sucks. Communication. That's key. I can be quite patient and understand (and the opposite too at times) so just keep people up to date with what's going on. That can save a lot of grief.Good choice on the regulator set up. Do it once, do it right, and never worry about it again. I paid to have mine built exactly how I wanted by someone that's built a bunch of them.
That sucks about the shipping... Ive been there... Things should ship out the next business day or AT WORST the following day. I had an IPhone 8 plus that I waited on for 16 days... finally I called and asked what's up and it was lost. They told my wife she had to wait 30 days for the investigation... I called back and said no I don't. I don't care where it is. I don't want it. Cancel it. You should have shipped it overnight or at least Priority. $1000 phone!! Ended up with $100 in bill credits and picked one up locally at a store a few hours later. I can tell you most people on here are top notch with shipping and packages. I planned on getting some huge pieces of driftwood for my 265 from the same person... but not if you don't have it 13 days later.
I personally don't think that those buffered substrates are all that important unless you have super soft water fish or shrimps. Pool filter sand and black sand (I get it from Petco) have grown everything I have every wanted. I will drop an osmocote tab under root feeders. With a quality C02 system and dry ferts you aren't going to have any problems.
This is going to be a killer set up. All first rate stuff. If you have any more plant purchases I can tell you that Herns and Burr are first rate guys... Strungout... and another guy that sells Buces 5 for like $35... they are usually my go to. I'm sure there are many others, but I check with them first if I want something.
Totally up in the air about fish or are you narrowing it down any?
DHL is awful... I find myself calling Amazon or sellers and asking specifically about shipping methods now. It it's something I want / need I will pretty much demand Priority. What's funny is it's normally less than $1 more... DHL and UPS are atrocious.. I can't count the number of times they have lost things... like my IPhone 8 plus just a couple months ago..Still waiting on the light. Was supposed to be here today according to tracking but when DHL gets involved...all bets are off. I wanted to use it over my 11g I scaped today to upgrade the 7g I have shrimp in now...then on Christmas I'm supposed to get a Finnex 24/7 for the 11g and the sbreef will get put away to wait for the 32g setup.