G'Day to you all.
I'm 67 retired since June 14. We recently did the downsize and sold the house to move into an apartment. I kept a 55 & 75 gal
aquarium years ago but moved and never bothered to set them up again. We always had a dog and cats and don't feel like we would like to keep them while living in an apartment. Just doesn't seem right to me. So I'm looking to start up a tank again.
Space will not allow a big tank, so here are the specs I would like to work with:
40 gallon tall tank L 30" x H 22" x W 12" and I'll have to spring for a furniture grade stand because the wife won't like a metal stand.
I already have a Rena XP2 filter system new. AAP-Rena Filstar Aquarium Filter | XP1 & XP2 & XP3 & XP4 | Parts
No decision made on heater yet.
Substrate - minimum amount, 1 layer of larger 3/4" polished pebbles just to cover the bottom.
No live plants but some artificial plants for one corner farthest away from the filter.
Fish desired, school of ~15 Serpae Tetra, 2 Discus both of which I have kept before and have experience with. Plus a cat and a pleco with a couple of other community type fish but not to over crowd.
Lighting; I can see much has changed while researching the hobby. Most particularly lighting options. I am on a retired budget but I think I can spring for a BeamsWork or Finnex LED
system. But that's where all my questions begin.
How am I doing so far. What else should I know or haven't thought of. I look forward to scouring the forum pages and any comments for advice.
Thank you ......Bill