I have been away from the hobby for about 15 years. At one point I was up to a 700 litre tank but while my fish stayed healthy I had no success with plants (unless you count algae...). Anyway after all this time the bug has bitten again and I have an open top 30cm cube coming my way.
My goal is an unheated richly planted tank with a couple of interesting critters. If possible I want to regulate the water chemistry through plant growth supplemented by a simple sponge filter and regular water changes. I have bought a 13 watt LED
clip on light which also has a moonlight feature.
I have bought these in-vitro plants together with aquatic soil and dark gravel:
Eleocharis acicularis 'Mini'
Helanthium tenellum 'Green'
I am doing a dry start (except for the Salvinia of course) and after a few weeks when filling the tank I will add one stem plant, possibly a Rotala.
My ideas for wildlife are more vague. I would like possibly 3 amano shrimps as they don't reproduce, and some small fish. I have looked at Dario but think they are too delicate. Other ones I have considered are pygmy sunfish and endler livebearers.
I would appreciate any advice or suggestions. I'm sure I have already made a ton of mistakes!