What kind of rams are u doing?Hello all! I had a 29 gallon tank with only fish years ago and I am looking to begin my first planted fish tank. I want to do things right as I get back into the hobby. I am looking at getting a 55 gallon tank and want to do a combination of low-tech plants and fish. I love the look of natural tanks, as if you were looking at a cutout of nature itself. I've been doing a lot of research but I'd love to get some advice and opinions on some start-up options. Here is what I had in mind so far:
Fish (introduced over time)
- 55 gallon tank w/ glass canopy
- Fluval 407 canister filter
- Eheim Jager 300w heater
- Hygger Advanced Full Spectrum Light (42W 48-54")
I'm using AqAdvisor to get an idea of number and it looks like I could safely have around 40 fish which is awesome (heavier on the Tetras of course).
- Tetra (neon, cardinal, green fire)
- Dwarf Chain Loach
- Clown Killifish
- Amano Shrimp (or smaller if I don't get the Rams)
- Dwarf Gourami
- Stiphodon Goby
Here is where I am looking for help:
Here are a couple of tanks I consider to be really nice:
- Is this a reasonable setup?
- What kind of substrate would you recommend for a natural look but also good for plants and maybe some bottom-dwellers (including the Stiphodon Goby). I'm thinking fine sand with some smooth pebbles mixed in. I'm nervous about fine sand with it getting caught up in the filter or looking to much like a reef tank with non-reef fish (but I could certainly be wrong on both fronts there, I don't have any experience).
- For this combo of fish and plants how "full" should I make the hardscaping?
- What kind of aquascaping stones do you like?
- Anything else?
Bolivian is Altispinosa rams would be fine but regular rams live a a higher temperature than the other fish you listed.