It is a moderately/heavily planted tank and is understocked. That is why there are no nitrates. I do water changes every week or two. Rarely I have gone
I think it depends on what you want to grow, how much growth you want, and how much work you are willing to put into the soil. I have had tanks with
I have heard some people really like those rapids canisters. I haven't ever used one, but if I had a small tank like you and didn't want a HOB I would
All of my canisters are set up the same way; mechanical on top mechanical/ biological in the middle, and biological on bottom. No need to replace media
I love eco complete, in my opinion you can't beat it for a natural look--different sized grains throughout and doesn't cloud every time you touch it.