Hi everyone! I'm in the process of considering getting back into aquariums and looking to jump back into the nano world with a Mr. Aqua 6.5. I still have my Current Satellite Freshwater + which I plan to use on it until I order the Plus PRO, but I've run into some stand stills in ideas that I wanted to run by some people to see if I could get some input.
One of my main concerns when it comes to nano's is thermal consistency. Before with Power Compact lighting, which I was using years ago, I had to worry about the little setups overheating, but now with LED's I find it's harder to keep the tanks warm due to ambient temps from lighting. That said I'd like to find a heating solution that not only fits but doesn't take up space. My only real option is inline heating to get a clean look. I plan on running a Finnex 360 canister, so running a Hydor inline made sense, but I was unsure if it would be overkill for a 6.5 gal since they are rated for 28 gallons. I'm also unsure if this should be connected to the input of the filter or the output. I'm thinking the output to keep particles of stuff from building up, even though I'm probably going to run a prefilter.
I'm considering trying to hide a much of the hardware as possible so lily pipes on the canister filter are a long term goal as well as an inline CO2 diffuser. I'm use to the U.P. Aqua or Do! Aqua diffusers which just connect via airline from the regulator so inline diffusers are new for me to setup. Again, like the inline heater, I'm un sure if I should put this on the input our output of the filter. I've run CO2 through the intake of a canister filter before so the impeller assisted in diffusing as well as the gas passing through the media, but I'm not sure if that's healthy for the pump let alone the buildup of gas being healthy for the anaerobic bacteria that lives in the filter. Since I moved I've somehow miss placed my 20lb tank so I'm considering either moving to a smaller option of the disposable cartridges since it would be a more compact setup. I do understand that the 12g/20g cartridges do expel gas fairly quick, as well have a higher overall cost, but I'm interested in seeing if this is a more manageable setup.
Anyone have any takes on those hardware questions?
The longterm goal with the setup is to have medium to high light requirement plants. To give you a mental picture I'm going for a lush foreground carpet of UG, S. Repens patch (not really light dependent from my experience) and a patch of L. Mauritania. I have a nice small piece of drift wood that I'd like to attach some Anubias Nana "petite" to as well as a fill in the rear of it with Windelov Java Fern. Right now it sounds very green and I plan to add some stem plants in the rear to add some reds as well as an accent with a tiger lotus.