Intro #2, The Coherent Version
[Below is a more coherent introduction — an email request to an aquarium supplier. I am set on the Umbra as my first tank; solutions are most welcome…! ]
Kindly help me configure and purchase: #1 a filtration system and #2 a temperature control system / lighting for a 1.8 gallon freshwater tank, to provide a healthy, sustainable environment for 2-3 fish, and one snail.
I know small tanks are a challenge, but it is doable, and I have the time for upkeep and study. : - )
Fish / plants / substrate to be ordered *only* after the environment is right. I have in mind one showy, colorful fish (e.g., betta or similar); 1-2+ hardy fish (e.g., cardinal tetras); plus a snail.
My preference is as open and minimalist interior as possible, and still be healthy (e.g., fewer, not more plants; isolated substrate, *some* open floor space; minimal objects). Boring with little detail is okay, as long as the fish are well cared for, with enough plant matter.
My goal is to build the landscape, condition the water, and test the systems before any fish arrive. I will be happy if the fish are happy!