i just got a 20 gallon used for $50 - tank, filter, heater, and hood.
i want to do it right this time. i currently have a 10 gallon with a few plants. i just set up diy co2 yesterday and it is working wonderfully so far. but, i hate the look of the design.
i am planning to use rocks instead of driftwood and the terracotta pot that is in my 10 now. i am going to use garnet schist.
i am also planning to use potting soil under a layer of gravel. i was hoping to make a carpet with java moss over the gravel. will this work? how can i do it?
so, other than micro nutrients and macro nutrients and co2 what else do i need for the set up? i won't get the tank until the 24th.
also, can you suggest some fish to put in the tank? i think i am going to keep the 10 up and running with the tiger shrimp and the betta. i was thinking i might like some fish that stick to the bottom of the tank and maybe some small, flashy-looking schooling fish. i am not too keen neons.
any suggestions are really welcomed!
oh, i have another question, it is probably a silly one. the garnet schist that i am going to get is right next to the ocean. the rocks are covered in salt. i am planning to boil the rocks and then rinse them in h2o2 before they go into the tank. will this get rid of all the salt? there is no way the rocks can soak the salt up, right? i don't think that there is any way but a friend of mine said that he doesn't think that the salt will all come off. i just don't understand how a rock can soak up salt.