I have had 5-40 gallon aquariums each with filters from internal to external to canister. I keep T5 lighting over most of my tanks, except for saltwater which i use LED.
Get the equipment you know works. You're going to end up wasting money buying the alternative and eventually the equipment you wanted in the first place.
Archer Fish, German Blue Ram, Pigeon Blood Discus, Blue Delta Guppy, Green Cobra Guppy, Peppered Cory Cat, Sterba's Cory, False Julii Cory Cat, Sarasa Comet, True Rummynose Tetra, Cardinal Tetra, X-Ray Pristella Tetra, Neon Tetra Jumbo, Madagascan Rainbow, Electric Yellow Cichlid, Betta - Male, Super Delta Betta, Halfmoon Betta, Betta - Female, Copper Butterfly Betta, Longear Sunfish, Clown Loach, Bushy Nose Pleco L-144, Kuhli Loach, Blue Gourami, Chocolate Lyretail Panchax Killifish, Scarlet Gem Badis, Silver Zebra Angel, Bumble Bee Goby, Mono, Red Eye Tetra, Figure 8 Puffer
Corals-jasmine Polyps, Radioactive dragon eye polyps, Red eagle polyps, Yellow Polyps, Birds nest, Hammer polyps, Frogspawn, Encrusting acropora, Candycane, Favites braincoral,
Mushroom coral, Saltwater plants-Mermaids fan, Red grape, turtle grass, Red mangrove, Sargassum, Ulva, caulerpa prolifer, caulerpa racemosa, caulerpa setularoideFreshwater Plants- Everything
What we imagine in our minds, becomes our world.
I've been a avid collector for over 10 years and now i work for my masters towards Marine Biology. I prefer scaping with dutch aquariums however i do have a few river specific biotopes.
When you see signs of stress in your fish, you can then take steps to identify the source of that stress and then to resolve it before it becomes a major issue.
If you're looking for a unique way to stock your new tank, give freshwater shrimp a try.
If your fish is suffering, you may want to consider euthanasia as an option to humanely end his pain.