I am new to the forum and would consider my self a noobie in the fishkeeping world!
I have had a 150l tank for about 2 years now. For the past year i have been looking after discus
using a 300l external filter, submerged heater and attempted to keep some java fern ( Not very experienced ). Keeping discus
i am very aware of my water parameters and it has if anything made me more knowledgeable than i would be if i was to keep other fish.
I have enjoyed my journey in the fish keeping world and have decided to upgrade to a 350L tank. Obviously i have done a hell of a lot of research and won't be changing over until the new tank has been setup and fully cycled. But before i even think about cycling my tank i would love to get some advice in what i am trying to achieve.
I would like plants as they are a great asset to the tank providing oxygenation, compete with algae, absorb nitrates and fish love them. So i would like to start with plants such as anubias which require no substrate however i would like to lay some substrate in place for additional plants to be added in the future.
The questions i would like to ask:
Would a submerged flow pump be a good way to create flow to distribute the injected co2 around the tank or would that create oxygen which would let the co2 escape or is it even necessary to do this in this size tank? If this is an option i have chosen a pump in the equipment section below, would this be adequate?
What is a good substrate to be added under sand (Ideally i would like to create a sort of uneven terrain)?
With the lighting mentioned in the equipment below would that be sufficient or too much?
Equipment for the new tank so far:
Juwel Rio 300 (Tank)
2x T5 Lights with reflectors
2x T8 Lights with reflectors
Oase Bio Master 600
co2 injection ( not yet purchased )
2 x 25kg Silver Sand
Aqua Medic EcoDrift 4.0 (Was the pump i had in mind for water flow)
Any additional suggestions would be appreciated as i am very open to advice and criticism! I look forward to your responses and would love to keep everyone updated on my new project.