So it's always been a bit of a dream of mine to have a planted tank. My Fishy is feeling kind of down and, barring diseases, I'm hoping a bigger tank with more organics might make him feel better.
I'm going to make a checklist of things to get along the way as my way of planning everything. I might also put the prices as a mental note, cause I'll be buying a little here and there out of every paycheck.
I'm totally new to all of this, so please, if you have tips or suggestions, feel free to share! I could really use some ideas for a couple items.
[ $59.99 ] 20 Gallon Long tank - maybe?
[ $39.99 ] 20 Gallon Long Aquarium stand - this one
will probably put tank on the bottom though, I'd be worried my giant 75 dog would run into it and knock it over. Maybe will add another tank with some other fish in the future to the top one?
[ $20.99 ] Heater - Hydor 100w Submersible
[ ] Filter - ?? Suggestions please!
[ ] Pump - ??
[ ] Lightbulbs - ?? HELP?
[ ] Organic potting soil - no idea? I could use some suggestions! Preferably something I could buy online or at a pretty common store, i.e. Wal-Mart or Lowe's Hardware.
[ $19.99 ] Cap - This maybe?
[ ] Hard scrape - I'm not really sure.. I like the look of Chollo wood, but there's some nice driftwood on Aquabid.
[ ] Naja grass
[ ] H. corymbosa
[ ] Rotala indica
[ ] Echinodorus bleheri
[ ] Microsorium pteropus
[ ] Vesicularia dubyana
[ ] Limnobium laevigatum
Maybe some additional livestock? Snails or shrimp? What would be good for a planted tank?
Also, what's a good procedure for making sure plants/scrape is safe for the tank?