Large peaceful fish for planted tank.
Hello dear hobbyists.
I've been keeping a 15 gallons tank ,fully planted with carpet and all for about a year now, housing some tetras, 3 guppy males and shrimps + 2ottos.
Also have a nano with a Betta and Otto's .
It's been going well , everything is ok and thriving. Dosing ferts for plants and liquid co2.
Now, I just found a very good deal for a 150 cm by 50 by 50.
I been studying and lurking around the web for various tank setups, fish species and what each group likes in terms of tank setup.
For me , it's always fully planted tanks that makes my heart beat a little faster each time I see a new setup.
So I plan to scape it with carpet, maybe not fully , I won't mind some bare substrate in the front ,green and red plants and possibly a big arch assembled together from oak and beech driftwood that I collected and prepared myself for the past year.
And now the fish . This is where I need your help.
Since I only had small tanks, I have no experience with large fish , what I know is from reading and studying scarcely on the web.
I know that angels , discus can do well in planted tanks, but my wife doesn't really like angels, altum angels are ok,but one Orinoco altum costs as much as the tank itself here in eastern europe, so it's a no no for me.
What we both like in terms of large fish are the chiclids, African large ones as well as US breeds.
What I would like is a fish that meets the following criteria:
-Be at least 6-7 inches at adulthood . Even bigger ,like 12-15 inches , as I won't keep but 4-5 maximum.
-non aggressive with smaller fish breeds, like tetras,barbs, cyprinids,rainbows,non-agressive labirinth, or killi fish.
-Not aggressive with plants (I know most chiclids are)
In short we look for a large display fish in the tank , similar with a large chiclid but for planted tank, that tolerates small tank mates.
As i said, I don't mind having to leave bare gravel at the front of the tank if the fish requires it.
Don't think that I will fill the aquarium with plants , only along the rear side , I will have some stem plants, maybe a couple large Anubias, some red plants ,Vallisneria , etc and for carpet ,eleocharis parvula or HC.
Thank you for your time, and have a good day.