Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
5 angelfish- get juveniles, let them pair up. End up with one mated pair, return the others to the store, or set up another tank.
1-3 dwarf apistos (cockatoo, other peaceful) One male, one female, or look into the ones that will breed as a colony. Apistos are not any more peaceful than Angels. When they are breeding, claiming territory, protecting eggs and young they can get quite aggressive.
school of 8-10 larger tetras (not sure which - rummy nose, lemon) Get them large enough so the Angels cannot eat them. Angel fish can eat large Neon Tetras. So that eliminates RN, and probably Lemons. Look into the taller ones like Diamonds or Bleeding Hearts. These are good at the warmer temperatures that Angels like. Do not get Serpae Tetras.
hatchet fish or glass fish or leaf fish Hatchets are good in a covered tank. Glass Catfish are nice, in a group. Indian Glass Fish are brackish water fish. Leaf Fish is a dedicated predator that will eat the smaller fish.
3 cory cat Cories do better in groups of at least 6, but they do not respect the territory of the Apistos. The Cories may eat Apisto eggs at night, when the Apistos might not be so vigilant.
3 oto. Nice little guys, and they can hide quite well from most predatory fish.
Courtland: Better to start your own thread, but drop checker always has 4dKH water + enough pH indicator so you can read it. Has nothing to do with what GH, KH, or pH the tank is.