First-time planted tank here, after many years of marine and more traditional fish-centric tanks, including propagating corals and breeding rainbows, tetras, and easy stuff like that. Now I'm much more interested in the final aesthetics of the aquarium. I'll no doubt wind up breeding whatever creatures (shrimp, fish) I wind up with, but I aim to stock the tank all at once and am aiming for a balanced and calming tank above all else. It is the focus and centerpiece of our home-office, which sees it's share of stress! The original plan (a year ago!) was to go shrimp only, but I've decided to see what happens with nano-fish and shrimp, neither of which I have any experience with! I started a journal a year ago https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...n-iwagumi.html
, and have been enjoying a rock garden for 12 months, but finally planted 2 weeks ago, and will be stocking with fish next week. This week I added 6 Ottos and a dozen ghost shrimp.
I'm thinking about 3 schools of nano fish right now. I would like them to mix as little as possible, and I'm not looking for distractions (cardinal tetras), but rather something slightly more subtle, and nothing that draws too much attention to itself over any other aspect of the tank. The 180 gallon is 72"x24"x24'. I'd also consider just 2 schools. Again, I have no experience in the practicalities of either the plants or the animals, I just know what I'd like the end result to be:
1) Top level schoolers
2) Mid-bottom level schoolers
3) Shoaling/territorial bottom level group
For #3, I had considered Galaxy Rasboras, but they look like they may be all over the place! A pair of Blue Ram's would be ideal for #3, but of course this will be a shrimp tank too!
So, what I have now is:
50-60 Emerald Eye Rasboras for the top level
50-60 Ember Tetras for the mid-bottom level (the color focus of the scape?)
20-30 Pork Chop Rasboras as a wild card - providing randomness(?)
A few species of shrimp, hopefully reproducing
Any feedback is appreciated !