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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-01-2011, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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My Vision (so far)....thoughts?

Okay all, I am tired of reading and learning about the functional aspect of planted tanks, ie. filtration, lighting, substrate, etc, which is why i am writing this thread strictly about the aesthetics and communal relationships of a planted tanks inhabitants. I have a 55 gallon tank which i will be planting and designing in a few weeks. Here is a list of some of the fish i would like to keep....

School of approx. 25 Red Finned Tetras
School of 5 cory cats
1 Bristlenose Pleco
1 Siamese Algea Eater
Malaysian Trumpet Snails
MAYBE a few Boesemani Rainbows

What do you guys think of this idea so far?? I would like a nice centerpiece fish but cannot afford Discus and am not a huge fan of angels. Any other suggestions? Or just suggestions as far as fish that definitely enjoy and complement the planted atmosphere? Thanks.
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I'd toss a few amano shrimp in there as well to help cleanup.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-01-2011, 12:36 PM
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In practical terms:
Less is alway better, species that co-exist in nature do better together in captivity.

"Aesthetics" is in the eye of the beholder. I appreciate the Japanese and Dutch styles but, I'm more a realistic/bio type person. After it's all said, you are the one that's going to look at it so, please yourself 1st.
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Originally Posted by epiphany View Post
I'd toss a few amano shrimp in there as well to help cleanup.
If the Red Fin Tetras are the ones also called Columbian Tetra or Columbian Red-Fin, then I'd be cautious about putting amanos in with them.

Anyway, your list as written sounds nice. I almost suggested swapping out the SAE for a cool loach but then remembered MTS (snails) are on the list. Any particular reason for the SAE and the Bristlenose other than algae benefits? I think Bosemani Rainbows would be good as a center piece group and probably not prone to getting their fins nipped by the Red-Fins. If you look for a centerpiece fish, look for something that can deal with larger, nippy tetras if you're wanting the red-fins!
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