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Loach/Planted tank

well I am new to planted tanks so after a bit of research I am giving it a go.
Link to pictures-- http://photobucket.com/albums/y88/ne...=tanksmall.jpg
The tank is a 40 gallon low (breeder?) with a HOB filter that has the intake for it on the other end of the tank. You can see the sponge for it on the lower left side. Hopefully the Java fern will block it from view soon.
My other filter is a fluval 204 that also has the intake on the left side. So the flow to the tank is a half way strong right to left flow. With river sand covering the bottom the "junk" stays ontop of the sand and flows towards the left. It makes the tank easier to clean. The whole flow from one side to the other is kinda like a river tank but without the super fast flow.
I do have a black background for it but I just moved so one step at a time;-)
I used local river sand and mixed a bit of terralit in with it when putting in the plants.
The rocks from Lake Superior are to match my Botia kubotai's.

Fish are--3 kubotai (polka dot loaches), 4 Botia striata (zebra loaches), 1 Dario loach, 1 SAE and 4 hatchet fish.
Plants are--java fern, dwarf sag, java moss, thick val (not doing so well) and thinner val (doing super), various Anubias, various crypts.

Light at 2.5 watt and just started the store bought CO2. I don't dose too often as I want a low labour tank but I do use both Leaf Zone and Plant Gro.
I really like how the right side is higher than the middle and am thinking of doing that to the left too and having the dwarf sag in the lower middle. I will move the left rock structure over alittle more to the left to block the sponge. I am also going to put some java fern on the drift wood when I get the time.
The photo was taken right after I put the take back together so it is now alittle different.
any advice/feed back welcome.
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I really like how the right side is higher than the middle and am thinking of doing that to the left too and having the dwarf sag in the lower middle.
I also like the island the driftwood arch. Nicely done.

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I'm a sucker for loaches and planted tank, so far I haven't been able to keep both in the same tank. Looks like you're doing great, kudos to you!

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I'm a sucker for loaches and planted tank, so far I haven't been able to keep both in the same tank. Looks like you're doing great, kudos to you!
from the looks of things I'd venture a guess that clowns have something to do with it?!
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Awesome loaches... thanks for sharing. Make my Yoyos look kinda plain


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thanks everyone:-)
I love the way Yo-yos look when they are mature.
I had one but it got way too nippy for everyone.
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from the looks of things I'd venture a guess that clowns have something to do with it?!

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I like your loaches, and your rock piles are unique. Very nice!!


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not all those loaches are in the same tank.
I think my big dario would finish off my small very mellow histronica.
That tiny guy is in another tank with my sids, which I am going to change into a 20 or 40 gallon long.
I will do the same thing as I have done in this tank. The intake for the filters will be at the other side of the tank, creating a good cross flow.
I think I will make it really multi layered. Going from high, down steps to the lowest level. This will really allow all the junk to go to the lowest part of the tank and make clean up easy.
PLUS--I really like the way it looks
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I love the way Yo-yos look when they are mature.
I had one but it got way too nippy for everyone.
Yeah they definitely need to be in groups. I have 3 and they mostly play around with each other.


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I LOVE LOACHES!!!! I am SO jealous! Makes me almost want to get another tank just to have some loaches besides my Khulies.

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maybe we should start a "Loach Pimp Club"
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