I just LOVE the simplicity of FW
. It is so easier than SW
and I can leave just about anybody to care for the tank if I am gone or something. Just extreemly simple and low maintince, looking forward to it actually.
I want to prevent as many things as I can if I go to FW
. Like in SW
I should have gotten a Phosphate remover, but never thought of it. Could have prevented this cyano
outbreak. If you get my drift.
SO! Now what do I need? Everything from sand to lighting.
What I currently have:
30 gallon hex tank (Its a taller tank, was thinking "angels")
72 Watts (I thought it was 2x32 but its actually 2x36, sig is wrong) of CF
lighting. I remember something like 2 WPG
for plants. So somewhere along 3 WPG
(Pretty darn close, actual water volume after stuff is added will be less) will be more than I need. I currently have an Actinic and 10,000K bulb, I will have to get rid of those and get two 6500K (Everyone agree with this?)
A Whisper 20 filer. Great little filter, works fine. This will do me for the filter I think.
100 Watt Stainless Steel Thermostat Controlled heater. I love this thing, love stainless steel. I love the idea you set it to a TEMPERATURE rather than a NOTCH.
I think that is about all I have equipment wise that I will need for FW
(The rest is SW
stuff). Obviously I need a FW
test kit, food, etc.
. I was thinking of getting this setup:
Does 20 gallons, but in my previous experiances 20 gallon stuff normally does a 30 gallon tank. What kind of CO2
systems do you guys prefer (Cheap ones
Substrate. I seem to recall being told NOT to use sand. What shall I use? I really dont want to go for the cheezy blue gravel look again....
Here is a link to these peoples substrates:
Ups and downs of each substrate?
Driftwood. Any places to buy driftwood online? How do you guys aquascape FW
aquariums? What kind of plan would you think would work well with my tank? Current pics at www.zactrades.com/gallery
I will try lookin at fish, seeing what I like out there and see if they are all compatible and let you know.
I just havent been in the FW
ballpark so long I just cant remember what all I need. Suggestions welcome, I would like to make this work!