75g Planted Apisto/Ram Community Tank - Update 5/24/20 - Progress!
The bug has bitten me again and I'm looking to start another tank (don't tell the wife!). I have a 200g mixed reef system and a 75g planted rainbowfish tank, but still need one more, and I've always loved the apistogramma sp. and German rams, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.
I'm looking for inspiration, as well as advice/thoughts/opinions on my design ideas. I'm hoping to have a pair of rams, a pair or two of apistos, and then a community of dither fish. Additionally, I'd like the rams/apistos to have a slight chance at raising their fry - which I realize will also limit the other community fish I can have. Pencilfish, cories and guppies come to mind, but open to other suggestions.
As for the build, I plan to use the following:
75g glass tank - 48"
CO2 reactor with 10# bottle and regulator
4 bulb HO - 48"
I plan to drill the tank and install a modular marine overflow, and will drill two additional holes in the back for the return lines. Initial thought is to install diy PVC spray bars painted black connected by bulkhead adapter to these holes.
This tank will be high-tech, and I do have some extra module space on my Apex controller that I can use to monitor pH/temp if necessary.
Mix of hardwood and stone - caves for spawning. Stone suggestions?
Substrate - Plant-friendly... Again, suggestions?
Fish Must Haves:
Apistos 1-2 pair - any species suggestions?
German Blue Ram - 1 pair
Crypts/Anubias/maybe a few stem plants for color.
As mentioned previously - I'm in the planning stages and would love feedback on potential livestock and hardscape inclusions, as well as any pitfalls that I may have overlooked thus far.
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Last edited by ProndFarms; 05-25-2020 at 12:33 AM.