So I have a 10 gallon planted tank, which currently has 1 female german blue ram and 2 harlequin rasboras (the other rasboras past away a while ago).
The ram is not very colorful and I think it would be best to get rid of her so she has a bigger tank and possibly a mate. With this is mind I feel like I want to try something else out with different fish I haven't had before. I have decided to try out a SE Asian Biotope and have some questions...
First off what is the habitat like in this area?
I was planning to focus on smaller species maybe micro rasboras and small gouramis, and from what I heard the region has a low ph with soft water and has leaves littering the bottom with driftwood and vegetation such as cryptocorynes, dwarf hairgrass, and blyxa japonica. The water is also blackwater Is this correct? Would I want to replicate it with indian almond leaves? I also heard that oak tree leaves would be okay to include in the tank. Is that true?
Also what would be other plant species that are native to this area, and what type and how many fish would I want in this setup to really replicate their natural environment?
I'm sure I will have more questions in the future, but I hope I can get some good answers on here. I plan to obtain my information through this thread and then start posting pictures and progress of the tank as it develops so it tracks the whole journey of this tank from the beginning stocking and setup choices.
Enjoy and thanks for the help!