Hey everyone - came back from holiday to a pleasant surprise. Stuff is really growing. I finally put some fish in there (ten neon tetras, to start).
Am going to get more fish ... maybe another 10-20 tetras, some cory cats of a sort and one other fish or two. Wanted to give these ten a try for a while and make sure I didn't have any drama (like I did with the plants the first few months
-- which now seems to be resolved).
I also am going to try and get a nice big reddish plant for the back right corner which is now empty.
Thanks for looking.
Any thoughts on plants or fish?
And what do you do when you have too many plants?! Never thought I would see the day!
I too have recently reached the point where it's getting harder and harder to find a place to plant new cuttings. Amd it would be a shame to just throw them away...maybe another tank in the near future? Also, you've got a great HC carpet going there, I wish mine looked as nice, but it is plagued with hair algae, can't pick it out of all those tiny leaves!
A suggestion I have for a red plant in the back corner is Alternathera reineckii. It is an easy to grow stem plant with really strong red leaves with pinkinsh undersides. I bought just a few weak looking stems from a chain pet shop a few months back and now I've got dense bunches growing in multiple tanks. Look up some pictures to see it, but its even nicer in person. Would really add a great contrast to all the nice bright greens you've got going on in there.
As for fish, to anyone looking for a school of tetras to keep in their planted tank, I always recommend Harlequin rasboras. If you haven't kept them before, that's definitely a species to consider. They may be kind of small and skinny at the store, but if you get healthy stock and feed them well, they'll quickly fill out and color up. Though, they don't have the "flash" of neons and cardinals, They do have a nice unique pattern with a silvery body and black triangle on each side with reddish-orange coming in at the fins.. A more subtle beauty and a very elegant looking fish in my opinion, and they really show off their very best coloration in a planted tank. If y0u can't tell, I like these guys..
For a larger specimen fish, you might consider some of the larger gouramis, either a pair of Pearls or one of the various color variations of the Three-spot gourami (gold, blue, opaline). They would spend most of their time near the top of the tank, and with the tetras occupying the middle areas and a school of corys at the bottom, it would make for a balanced system visually.
Anyway, great tank, really nice plant growth. I've enjoyed watching it develop and look forward to continuing to do so...