I'm new to this site and as well I am trying to introduce myself back into a Freshwater tank. I will try to be as quick and to the point on my past experience as well as what I have now taken interest in...
Previous experience with 55 Fresh and 65 Saltwater 4+ years ado. Sold tanks due to job relocate.
I live in an apartment now and decided to buy a Betta and put it in 2 gallon unfiltered bowl. That lasted less than a week because I felt bad for him so I bought a 3G filtered tank and moved him in there. That lasted 3 weeks and after reading so many conflicting stories about tank size, I bought a 12G Fluval Edge!
I was advised by PetsMart that cory cats would go well with a betta, so I bought 2 white CC. I find now will need a LOT more swimming room as they grow (currently only 3/4".) So I plan to take them back. I want to do a couple African Dwarf Frogs because I read they do well with Bettas and a fully live planted aquascape tank but I am at the final stages of cycle since getting the 12G Edge.
Where my tank sits on my pass through bar leaves a slight imbalance to the water height which allows full tank in front and about 1/4" lower water in the back half allowing breathing room for my Betta and Cory's in which they are thriving and get along very happy with each other.
1.) I want to keep my Betta. He's the whole reason I started this again. He loves having the Corys as his tankmates but if I have to take them back would African Dwarf Frogs be another choice and how many? (if I keep the water level below top glass of course)
2.) I really would like to do a total live plant aquascape but need the right lighting. Tank stock lights have the 40+led lights and 3 moonlights with 7600k. Total 6 watts. I was looking at adding a single Innovative Skkye single LED 10000K 9watt or 6500K 6W with 120 lumens per watt. Is this too much? Will it grow algae? I could use any money saving advice on lighting needs if possible! :)
3.) I added Black Tahitian Carib Sea Super Natural sand as substrate with a couple Anubias
, and banana plants again on the advice of PetsMart and out of a ridiculous desperation to get my Betta in a proper environment before I thoroughly researched what my ultimate goals were going to be! I want to add more plants and create a really cool modern underwater freshwater display. Will this substrate be sufficient??
Thank you very much for any advice you can give me..