Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Washington, DC area
1st attempt at a planned 55gal - Natural Look
Attempting my 1st planned 55gal, natural look tank. I have a substrate of 70% Eco-Comlete with black inert aquarium sand mixed in.
Decoration includes three pieces of aquarium-safe wood. One is from my old tank I had to break down for a long move six months ago. It is unlikely to add tannins to the tank water. The other two are new.
I have several medium sized zebra-striped rocks and several smaller plain white rocks specifically to tie Anubis to.
I recently moved to just outside DC in Silver Spring, MD. There are several aquarium stores near me, but I have serious concerns about getting any livestock, and therefore plants on the same water system, from them.
Driving to Glen Burnie, MD - 50+ min away - just outside Baltimore. The store is House of Tropicals. I scoped it out last week when I bought wood and rocks. I didn't have time to look at the fish, but did take a quick glance through the plants. There seemed to be a large selection, well-labeled, and priced competitively with the basic research I've done.
I am fairly new to a planted tank, but I know enough to know I need low-medium light plants that do not require a CO2 set-up.
Before I list what I have in mind plant-wise, I think I should give my planned stocking scheme - subject to future tweaking, of course.
I'd REALLY appreciate wisdom/comments of any sort at any point, especially on fish and plant selections and desigh.
9 Julii Corydoras
12 neon tetras
12 rummy-nose tetras
8 (?) long-fun gold danios
1 Opaline Guarami
5 Anubis tied to rocks with appropriate string/fishing line
3 Crypts for shady areas
Christmas moss (vesicularia montagnei) for wall?
Fissidens splachnobryoides -carpet
Plagiomnium affine - spill over
Swords- corners and walls
Plagiomnium Trichomanes bunches
Indian Almond leaves
Here's a pic with the tank filled with water and substrate, wood, and rocks in place. I don't care for the background and will be changing it at some point, probably for one that makes it look like the tank is underwater and has ripples printed on the top.