I have started to toy with the idea of putting together tank with multis or some other small shell dweller. This would be brand new for me, I have only ever kept new world fish but I think this would be a cool addition and their behavior is so unique. I'm thinking a 20g but would love folks thoughts. I have 33g but it has 2 decent sized chips in a corner and I'm nervous about that.
Here is a tank that I have had set-up for over 10 years. It is a 24" x 24" x 12" rimless (approximately 30 gallons). I have changed the fish species several times over the years but the driftwood and plants have been growing since I set it up.
The giant peace lily is hydroponic and attached to the driftwood a decade ago. Its roots and the roots of the philodendron vines remove the nitrogen and nutrients from the water and I have never had an algae problem...fingers crossed! There are also several varieties of Tilisandia air plants including xerographica and tectorum. Submerged are crypts, anubias bartieri, and bartieri petite.
Right now I have 13 lamprologus ocellatus yellow, 6 green neons, and a breeding trio of F2 super red longfin ancistrus. Temperature 80F, 10 hour photoperiod 6500k LED, Fluval 207 canister filter that I clean every 6 months. 1/3 water change weekly with straight tap water.
If you have any questions about submerged plants, emersed plants, hydroponics or ripariums please feel free to reach out...comments and concerns are welcome as well.
Here are some YouTube links to some of my videos on this tank.