Hello everyone! I have posted a few times in other peoples threads but this is my first thread. I currently have a 10 gal that is pretty much over stocked, many thanks to the clueless LFS. I have been keeping up with PWCs, about once a week (10%) but I think it's time to upgrade. This tank is fully setup and has been running for almost 2 years.
Did my taxes last night and I'm getting back a decent return so I thought, what better time to upgrade :) Now, into my real questions... I will provide some general information on my current tank and inhabitants.
1 Male Guppy
2 Diamond Tetras
4 Neon Tetras
2 Albino Corys
1 Synodontis Eupterus (main reason for upgrade)
The tank has all fake plants, but I do have two lily bulbs that I just recently added. They have not begun to grow roots yet. In my new setup I would like to consider doing some low light/zero maintenance plants.
Now as far as the new tank, I know I want to use a sand substrate (sick of my multi-colored gravel). People have told me that using inert quartz sand that is used in Pool Filters would work as a substrate. I will be adding driftwood pieces and some blue slate caves. The tank I plan on getting is a 30 gallon long (36x12x16) To my real questions:
1.) What filter should I go with that is sand friendly? (other forums have recommended aquaclear 50) What about canisters?
2.) Is one 110 watt heater good enough? I'm just thinking one end would be warm and the other colder....
3.) Any stocking recommendations? I want to bump up the number of diamonds and neons, also the cories.
Thanks for any and all input!