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My 55 gallon low tech journal

A friend of mine needed space in her spare room so her mother could move in. The fact that I was willing to come get it immediately netted me a free 55gallon and an iron stand, so I'm going to turn it into a planted tank. I am somewhat experienced with planted tanks but I have never done anything over 20g so I'm open to advice. The tank will be low tech, here is what I am thinking.

Equipment:

Tank-55g (48x12x21)
Filter - either an Ehiem 2217 or and Ehiem ECCO 2234
Lights - planning on a 48" Nova Extreme X2 T5HO but I'm open to suggestions
Substrate - Eco complete

Flora:

Still putting a list together

Fauna:

Cardinal Tetra x12
Rummynose Tetra x12
GBR x2

This is where I need some help, I am looking for suggestions on bottom level fish. I would also like to keep a farlowella or two would they work with the dwarf cichlids? And lastly could I keep a trio of Apistogramma in the same tank with GBRs?

Thanks in advance. I will post a complete plant list and probably some pics later this evening.
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Alright, I got together a complete plant list.

Fauna:

Ludwigia Broadleaf
Blyxa Auberti
Sagittaria Subulata
Wisteria
Cryptocoryne Wendtii
Cryptocoryne Retrospiralis
Flame Moss
Dwarf Hairgrass

Here is a diagram of what I am thinking for the aquascape.



Here is a picture of the tank.



I have the tank set up and running now with some extra plants and a few fish I am growing out.
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I had a plan for this tank, but I decided I wanted something that looked nice and is easy to take care of so I went a little different direction. I ended up using some Cryptocoryne Wendtii, Cryptocoryne Balansae, and Java Fern windelov that I had in another tank. I also went out and purchased some giant hairgrass. Now I am just going to let the tank grow in for a few months before making any major changes.



The final accounting is as follows.

Flora:
Giant Hairgrass
Cryptocoryne Wendtii
Cryptocoryne Balansa
Java Fern windelov

Fauna:
12x Cardinal Tetra
6x Rummynose Tetra
2x Apistogramma panduro
3x Hypancistrus Contradens
1x Hypostomus sp L138
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