New member from here hailing from Tulsa. Found the site while browsing ideas for a new 20g Tall Aquarium. A little (rather long) history...
We started our first Aquarium for our daughter when she was 4. it is a 10 gallon that had a few artificial plants for decoration, 3 White Cloud Minnows, 3 blood fin Tetras, and one (unknown) Pleco which was about 2.5" long. The tank stayed in relatively good health for beginners with everything staying healthy for nearly 6 years! Our first death was our pleco then slowly the rest started passing over a few months. They all looked completely healthy and stayed active until they died.
This tank has stayed empty for several months due to me being away on business etc. A good friend of mine has a 45g and has been having a ton of Dalmatian Molly babies, and got me kicked started to getting back up and running. The 10g was looking like a pond with about 10% of its water remaining. With its filter dried out and not having been running for so long I cleaned it a bit, filled it up, and did 90% water changes over a couple days and changed the substrate to Floramax (suggested by my friend for live planting). The tanks runs a TopFin HOB
20g pump, a whisper 10 pump with a round disk air stone, and we just installed a 100w heater (previously didn't use one as we keep our home at a constant temp year around). Heater added to keep the temp higher than it is without to promote better health for wildlife and the plants. It is currently unplanted but has a few potted plants hanging out until i figure out what to do with it.
The 20g Tall tank is brand new and was just filled last night. It has a AC70 HOB
pump (which I think is too much...please advise), a 150w heater, and a whisper 20 airpump (will be installing air wands tomorrow. This tank also has FloraMax as a substrate, which i hate now because it so cloudy even after rinsing. Also doesn't help that i am currently planting it, so i constantly kick up the muck (much like lake diving). Not sure if i like all of the plants we got at petsmart (limited selection).
Not entirely sure how i want to aquascape either of these so i will be asking advice soon. I just wanted to get something planted now, to help with cycling. We also have zero idea on what wildlife we will end up with (other than dalmatian mollies), so look for questions there too.
Look forward to reading the great advice here and seeing what you are all doing.