Sound like a good plan. For lights the 12" coralife fixture is o.k. I think there is one that is like 36w if I can remember. But the best lights for a pico would be Evil's par 38 LED lamp. Cuc doesn't really doesn't matter. I would skip on the cleaner shrimp unless you really want it. Peppermints do more and they are less expensive. But you have to realize pico's are hard to keep stable. You can't let it sit. Keep up on water changes and don't over feed, and you should be good.
Thanks for the lighting suggestions, I'll check em out
I have 2 cleaners in my 55gal, but all they do is hide in the back, so I thought maybe if I put one in a smaller tank, I would see him more. But yeah, Idk if I really want to put him in there, more bio load :/
Yes, that's why instead of moding an AC, I'm going to make the DIY fuge with a food container, I'm going to get a huge one so that should add some water volume (not much though.I know) It's my first pico so I'm just going to see how it goes, take it slow, and get a good schedule of water changes set up. Even though I'm only with the tank every other week, I will usually come over 1-2 times a week to take care of it. (I do this when I'm at my mom's house and my tanks are at my dad's house) Also, on water changes, I plan to do one right before I leave, one when I come over probably in the middle of the week, then one right after I come back. So that's 3 water changes in about a week, so I'm hoping that will be enough to keep this tank stable. Also, just in case, I'm only going with more hardier corals/fish.
I'm going to try my best to keep this tank stable, and if I can't, then I'll take it down