I'm a little worried about algae because I don't have any fast growing stem plants in there yet. I placed some crypt balansae in the left rear bordered by some red/bronze crypt wendtii. Crypt spiralis went in the right rear corner bordered by some smaller assorted green crypts. My driftwood went just offcenter and has some petite nana stuck in it. A large clump of narrow leaf Java Fern made the trip from FL. as well and is in there too. That's about it for now. The only fish I wound up bringing with me were a few female endlers to help populate the aquarium. The females had been around males back in FL. so I should be seeing some little ones pretty soon.
I'm unsure of what other plants to put in my tank or how to scape it. I've always been able to grow the plants and create jungles in my aquariums but I've never had much of an eye for the initial design. Any ideas out there? I have several more pieces of driftwood I can use if needed and I know how to use the Swap n Shop forum to find more plants
What about fish? I would love to try something new. I've had rams, kribs, angels, assorted tetras, bushy plecs, appistos, and others already. I'm up for something new this time around.
Fish I've been contemplating:
Blood Jewels (Hemichromis lifalilli) - maybe too aggresive for a 50 gal ?
Dwarf croaking gouramis (Trichopsis pumila)
Chessboard cichlid (Crenicara filamentosa) - I'd have to keep VERY soft water which would be an issue with CO2 maintenance.
African Butterfly cichlid (Anomalochromis thomasi)
Pelvicachromis other than the standard pulcher
Unusual Platty species - maybe highfins or some wild strains
I'm very open to hearing scaping or fish selection ideas. All thoughts are welcome.
Thanks for looking.
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