I recently purchased an all in one set up from Marineland, 55gal, Penguin Bio Wheel 350, heater, LED
lights, the whole 9. I set everything up as far as gravel, a slate rock cave and tavern i designed and let the tank run empty for 3 days to de-gas. I then added 4 Serpae Tetras as the person at the LFS
said they were hardy fish and good to start cycling, my gf who wanted to surprise me got me some additional fish, 2 pictus cats and 2 cory cats (albino and spotted). I'm huge on reading so i've been researching anything and everything, from websites, magazines, and picking peoples brains at the LFS
. I have a few questions.
Eventually down the road i would like to have a saltwater set up.
1. I was curious to know what Canister filter could be used for salt and fresh. I have been reading on the Eheim filters and they look pretty good. I like the technology that goes with them (LED
display and electronics). Also is it possible to have a filter that is just way too much for tank, (ie. filter is rated for 160gal but using it on 55gal)
2. I'm going to be putting some Malaysian driftwood into my tank, I've boiled it for about 2 hours, changing the water as i boiled it, and it is now soaking in dechlorinated water. How long should i soak it for best results, i know im always gonna have the tannins leach out. Also is there any media i can use to aid in filtering it out?
3. I would also like to add some live plants, what are some "beginner" plants so to say? I'd like some taller ones in the back and gradually get smaller toward the front.
4. Would it be wise to get a powerhead to create more water circulation?
I would really appreciate any input, don't feel inclined to answer everything. I welcome all opinions.