I just bought a 20 gallon tank and a stand, after reading for a while, I've decided to start a project; an amazon biotope.
For starters, this will be my first fish tank in years.
Would anyone like to give me some advice? I tried to get some from the pet stores in my area but they just tried to sell me the most expensive equipment and wouldn't give me many details on the fish I pointed out, so I went home to read about some of the fish in the store and found out the store employee was trying to sell me fish that grow to be 16"! I made it clear that I had a 20 gallon tank but they tried to sell me unsuitable fish anyway.
Right now, I have one 15w 8000k full spectrum day light that came with the tank's cover, a Penguin Bio-Wheel 150 filtration system and a 100 watt submersible heater that sticks to the side of the tank.
What I've decided to do is start with plants and what I would like to know is if the light that I have now is suitable for plant life? Also, is gravel good or would sand be better for this type of biotope? How high should gravel/sand be in the tank to grow a variation of plants? How should I get the water prepared for introducing plants? What type of water testing kits will I need?
The plants I have in mind are,
I would like to use the as a center piece. The question I have is if this plant is growing to large for a tank that is only 16.5" high? If not, is flowering of the plant possible if I fill the water up to around 12-14" allowing it to grow up above the surface of the water?
I am open to suggestions and wondering how many different plants I should or could put in here?Once I have the plants setup and healthy; I would like to introduce some fish, although I won't be getting some for quiet sometime, I would like to begin to research some of the fish species from the amazon in the meantime. By the time I am ready to get the fish for my aquarium, I'd like to know everything about them.
If you took the time to read this, thank you!
If you take the time to reply to this, please be gentle and use plain language with me. I am not to savvy to the aqua-tongue you may be speaking in yet!