Yesterday I bought a 5.5 gallon, marineland penguin 100 filter, marineland stealth 50 visi-therm, gravel, cleaned and set it up. Today I bought 2 more anubias nana and some brazilian pennywort.
This evening I added Zeus and he seems incredibly happy! He loves the current. He will do 15 or 20 minutes in it, then take a nap under a leaf, then go back to the current. I had to add a deflector on the filter outlet and add some sponge to the inlet. He was getting blown around the tank at first.
Zeus loving the new digs!
I am not going to cycle the tank, since he is already in it. I will do weekly 100% water changes. After about 4-5 months the bio wheel on the filter will be cycled regardless of the full water changes. At tha point I will probably add 3 cories or 6 cherry shrimp. Yes it's overstocked, but I'll be on top of it, and it will be densly planted by then