Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Where the devil went down to!
South American tank suggestions?
Whats up everyone. Ok here is whats on my mind, Going to make my 240g a South American themed tank. Here is what I was thinking, I think I want tetra's, it be cool to have my rummy's schooling in a 8' tank. I'm not looking to do Oscars, Discus, or Convicts. (have done all three looking for something diff.) I really like my old black water tank's, and thinking of making this a Black water tank as well. so Here is my rambling thoughts.
I thought about Geophagus cichlids. But I don't think they would be good in a Dirted tank. How ever I am not sure if I am Dirting the entire tank but it will be Dirted for my Swords. Anyone have these cichlids, can you tell me your experience with them.
I think my theme will be a flooded Forest. So leaf litter, Amazon swords, maybe some amazon chain sword, or other type of carpet plant. (S/A plant.) A lot of Driftwood. and I might do a 3d background of a eroding soil (ish) river bank with roots and all. still debating that. will have Amazon frog bite as my canopy plant. So the tank will be a subdue lighting. Low light tank.
On to the stocking. I have no idea what i want. I know I do not want Big fish. unless the Geo's would be ok in a dirted tank ( i doubt they would tho) So I am thinking of hatchets and rummy's, Maybe Black skirts. And Maybe a 3rd school of tetra. (numbers Are another thing I need to consider) Catfish I was thinking of would be Cory's, My bristlenose, and my whiptail. (I would love to have a school of pictus, but I don't know if they be good or not) also thinking of the Porthole Catfish Dianema longibarbis). Maybe you have some other Suggestions.
For the Center piece fish, I was thinking Angels, about 6 or 8. But If I could get a odd ball Center piece fish, that maybe rare, or hard to find, or whatever, and that will be good with tetra's I would go that route first. So maybe if you can suggest some good centerpiece fish. (please no rams I have rams now and Love them but they will stay in my 75. I don't want them in this tank. Besides I want my center piece fish to be larger then the Rams.
If there is anyhting else you might think would work in this tank. Please tell me. As I have a hard time making up my mind when it comes to this tank. Was also thinking of apisto's as well but based on the catfish stocking, it may be to many bottom dwellers.
So please give me your idea's, Also if your wondering on my filtration I am running a 60g plywood sump (because i had all the supply's to make one.) with a constant drip system.
one last question/thought; I haven't decided on if I am going to dirt the entire tank, and make it a heavily planted tank. or if I am only going to dirt section where i want My amazon swords and chain swords and other root feeding plants to grow. (the reason I dirt all my tanks. Its better for me than root tabs.) But Again What would you do? please give me your thoughts.
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