Join Date: May 2017
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Help Needed (and appreciated!!)
Hello folks! I have been lurking about the forums for quite some time, reading posts and journals, and finally decided to register and get some advice from you seasoned planted tank veterans! Having said that, this is my first official post on the planted tank forums!! (I actually created this post in the low tech forum a couple weeks ago, but only got one response on it. I'm reposting it here in the general forum in the hopes that I get some more input.).
I am relatively new to planted tanks. I currently have a 5 gallon planted betta tank (home to my boy, Big Blue) as well as a planted 29 gallon community tank. Neither of these tanks had any real thought put in to them - i kinda just saw plants at the LFS that I thought looked nice and then threw them in the tanks. The good news is, I haven't killed any of the plants yet. They don't look as nice as some of the tanks I have seen on this site, but the fish are happy so that's the most important thing to me
I am putting together a new tank, and have been a bit more meticulous on my fish and plant choices. I am doing a very loose variation of a South East Asia theme (I don't want to call it a biotope, because it isn't). Rather than a specific habitat (ie: backwater stream/brackish mangrove/fast flowing river etc etc....) I am basically choosing pants and fish that can be found in any habitat of SE Asia, so it will be more of a mash up of a SE Asia community tank I guess??
I would love to get some input from you all, in regards to my low-tech set up. I basically want to know how you all feel about my plant choices for a relatively deep, non-CO2 tank. Anything I should get rid of, or something else you might suggest that might be a good addition? My only requirement is that the plants originate in SE Asia (basically Myanmar and SE, including the Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Sumatra etc). I haven't set the tank up yet, as I still don't have all of the necessary equipment, but here is what I am planning (items in black are items I already have, red font indicates items I still need to purchase):
Tank: 62(ish) gallon (36WX22HX18D)
Filter: Penn-Plax Cascade 1200
Lighting: Fluval Fresh and Plant 2.0
Heaters: 2 x Eheim jaeger 200W (the tank is in my basement and its pretty cold down there)
Substrate: Seachem Fluorite Red (Approx. 2.5")
Ferts: Do I need them? I'm assuming I should probably add some kind of ferts.......
Hardscape: Malaysian driftwood-type stuff as well as some river rock, something to make some caves for the loaches and gudgeons to hide in)
Livestock (I kinda have my heart set on these so I'm hoping not to change them)
20-25 Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio margaritatus)
3 Pearl Gourami (Trichogaster leerii)
6-8 Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)
6-8 Peacock Gudgeon (Tateurndina ocellicauda)
1 Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus siamensis)
My original plan was to have more SAE, but after more research I have heard that they get pretty aggressive at larger sizes, so I dropped it down to 1. Any other suggestions for algae control? Im open to pretty much anything, as long as it comes from SE Asia and won't get huge!
Plants (all to be purchased - I'm open to suggestions) - I will not be planting all of these, they are just some possibilities I have found.
Onion Plant (Crinum thaianum)
Giant Hygrophila (Hygrophila corymbosa)
Broadleaf Giant Stricta (Hygrophilia corymbosa 'Globra')
Red Tiger Lotus (Nymphaea lotus var. rubra)
Giant Vallisneria (Vallisneria gigantica)
Lawn Marsh Pennywort (Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides)
Twisted Vallisneria/Dwarf Vallisneria (Vallisneria tortifolia)
Giant Sagittaria (Sagittaria platyphylla)
Dwarf Ambuila (Limnophila sessiliflora)
Please let me know what you guys think, I am really excited to get this tank up and running! Will be a while before I can get all of my livestock in though
Thanks in advance!