It's been over four years since I set up my last aquarium, and since then my Dad has taken over the hobby. He had some discus and other cichlids in a couple of 46 gallon bow fronts, but has quit the hobby after his heater went on the fritz and killed his expensive discus tank... so guess who got his setups for free?
Starting off, I'm doing a 46 gallon bow front.. already starting the plants and a few fish, and I am even considering doing discus again!
Here's my list--
8x Rummynose Tetra
2x German Blue Ram (paired)
7x Spotfin Corys
Pygmy Chain Sword
Lighting: 1x Catalina Aquarium T5HO
Filtration: Fluval 405
CO2: Pressurized + inline diffusion
Substrate: Gravel + Eco Complete
Fertilization: Flourish + Root Tabs
I plan on grabbing some Cardinal tetras (8-10) this weekend, along with a few more plants (vals, crypts,.. I have a whole list haha). The discus won't go in for a while, since I'm still not even sure if I'm going to add them. If my calculations are correct, I'd be just slightly overstocked with my list + cardinals + 4 discus... which would be compensated by the extra filtration (Fluval 405 on a 46 gallon) and the plants.
Since I hope to add discus if my budget allows me, I am planning my fish/plants for the higher temperature the discus prefer. I plan to heavily plant and provide plenty of hiding space for the Rams and other fish.
I'm gonna upload pictures soon! (once I get more plants, hopefully!)