Hi again, you asked about heaters, water and plants.
I have never used RO water, so won’t interfere with
’s advice there.
Regarding temperature, I would still advise a thermometer and a heater in any tank, even in steady temperatures like yours. There are several reasons.
Common sense dictates that a tank sitting in a 75 degree room is going to sit at 75 degrees, doesn’t it? But that 75 degrees is the air temp. The tank could be a few degrees lower (air circulation or position by window or under aircon unit) could be causing evaporation which causes cooling (just as air on wet skin has a cooling effect).
Alternatively, the pump and light and position of tank (maybe near a heater?) may well raise the temp by a few degrees. Depends on circs and heat output of lights, of course!
So basically that was a long winded way of saying that your tank may (or may not) be at a different temp than your room’s air temp. Which may (or may not) be comfortable for the inhabitants.
Sorry if that looks like a lecture! 😉
As for plants... (a favourite topic of mine haha!) you can always buy online if you can’t find something locally. Though I don’t know which country you are in. I am in the UK where we are lucky to have wide plant choices and rapid post. I’ve stopped buying from anyone who doesn’t guarantee their plants are snail free.
I also tend to buy plants by mooching around the online stores, picking one I think is pretty and will suit the tank. Then I google it, find care sheets and care vids, and decide if it REALLY suits the tank... hours of fun. But then I am weird. Once decided, I investigate size and cost. And how fast growing...
Would you like a big leafy centrepiece?
Or would you like to continue the delicate fine-leaved theme you have in most of the tank?
Hark at me. I sound like an interior decorator! 😉
: 70litre mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, 2 nerites, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
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