Originally Posted by bpm2000
As for the puffers/shrimp, I had read of a few (luck?) people having made it work. I guess it would be better to not take the risk and waste the money on shrimp (my last tank was a marine nano-reef for my mantis shrimp, so I've had my fill of crazy shrimp for a bit!). The tank is first and foremost a puffer tank so they will still be in there - guess I'll go with otos or something for algae control. As for the hardscape, there will be a driftwood stumpish looking thing in there that I plan on scaping around.
tekknoschtev: seen your tank a few times now across different boards - looks great!
With 6 fish, how is the bioload? I am thinking of 1 oto, maybe 2, but is 3 doing well in there? Do you have to supplement them with wafers or veggies?
Well, depends on what kind of shrimp you are talking. Ghost shrimp kinda look good, and sometimes survive. I had one mysteriously appear (i think it was a hictch hiker on a plant of mine) and its been in there for about 3 weeks now with no problem. More expensive shrimp might not be worth the risk. I have heard people keep amano shrimp with luck consistently.
The bioload is pretty good. I have a Whisper Powerfilter 2 or 3 on it, and it works great. It gets a 50% water change ever to every-other week, maybe that helps. The tank other than water changes and feeding is pretty self-sufficient. The most important thing to consider is that puffers are messy, and dont over feed. I think by not overfeeding I have been keeping the bioload in check.
Ottos, I have been told, are better in groups. I havent had to suppliment veggies, but I do have a small/baby Pleco in there to combat the hair algae, and its doing its job great. Once the hair algae is gone, so is the pleco, off to a better tank.
Thanks for the compliments on the tank. The aquascaping is never really done, infact im going to replace the blank black back of the tank with a Java Moss wall, and im getting some form of anubias for the piece of driftwood on the right.