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Old 01-25-2015, 08:22 PM   #1
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Nano tank stocking and questions


I'm new to this forum and Nano tanks. I previously had a 130L tank for 4 years, so I'm not completely new to fish keeping, but I had to sell it when my daughter was born.

As a result I needed something smaller and have just bought a 12"x12"x12" ( the quoted spec is 22L/5 gallon) Nano tank.

I've put black quartz substrate in it and while I'm doing a fishless cycle I've been marking a Java moss "tree", see attached photo.

I like Galaxy and Chilli Rasbora and would ideally like some dwarf Otos and shrimp but I'm nervous about water quality with such a small tank. The LFS have suggested the following:

6x Galaxy Rasbora
6x Chili Rasbora
2-3x Otos or 1 pleco
4-5x shrimps

I have the following questions:

1) It sounds like the fish above would make the tank overstocked so I'm tempted to go for the above without the Chilis. Any thoughts?

2) I want to make it look like a natural countryside scene (something like this so thought I might put use some dwarf hairgrass for grass clumps and moss on the substrate to resemble ferns. I'd like something different to what's on the tree and was thinking about flame or christmas moss, are there any recommendations for moss types?

3) I'd also like some rock clusters to break the grass up and bought some "ocean rock" that looked nice. However, I live in a hard water area with a pH of 8 so do not want a pH any higher. Will the "ocean rock" push the pH up? What other light coloured rock could I use that'd not affect the pH?

4) Do you have any other advice?

Many thanks for your help.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:42 PM   #2
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I would just do a single school of fish maybe 8 and the shrimp. The pleco would not be a good idea in a tank that small.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:49 PM   #3
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Ya, 14-15 fish, even small ones, could be pushing it, especially with the stock filter and low plant level you have. A single larger school of fish would look good, and otos are always fun.If you want a little more fish variaty though you could look at other small fish that aren't schooling, like bumblebee gobies or scarlet badis. They are fine on their own and small enough to fit in the tank and not mess with the rasboras.
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Old Yesterday, 03:57 AM   #4
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Great, thanks so much for your help!

Do you think the following would be too much:

6-8x galaxy rasbora
1x Pygmy gourami
2x oto
4-5x shrimp

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