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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-21-2012, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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hey everybody new to the forums here and wanted to ask a few questions about the tank i just set up. it's a 75 gallon with a few amazon swords, some anubis, java moss, and some starter bulbs from petsmart. the substrate is half sand half gravel. i believe lighting is two 34 whatt flourecent tubes and i have a 300 gph filter. for fish i have 10 neon tetras, 1 male betta, 3 german blue rams, 1 bolivian ram, 1 dojo loach, 3 clown loaches, 1 pleco, and 1 bn pleco. my main question is if i have to many fish in the tank at the moment. i do plan on removing the pleco when he becomes to large for the tank which will be a little while he is only about 3 inches now. also what are some good plants to get that would grow to the top to provide some shade. i was also wondering if adding driftwood would hurt my rams and their water requirments.
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Im a big fan of Jungle Vals, once they get established they really shoot up to the surface pretty easily and have great ground cover. Thats if your not keeping anything with high light demands under it. I have three Rams in my tank with plenty of Driftwood, without any problems. Just make sure you soak the driftwood in a bucket or something for a week or so.
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How about Brazilian Pennywort? You can keep it as a short bush, allow to grow to the surface and/or allow to drape across the top of the tank as a floater. It has big round light green leaves with tufts of roots coming from each leaf node and looks sort of oriental when allowed to do its thing. Easy to pull up and replant if desired too.

Bristlenose pleco [bn?] is fine in the tank but the clown loaches will grow far too large in time. Just have to get a larger tank when that happens, right?

Without the loaches you could double the size of the tetra school and add a platoon of corydoras. Without the pleco you could add a school of otos.

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ya i know the clowns will get to large but that is several years down the road and by then i will either have a larger tank or will find a good home for them. the pleco will be rehomed as soon as he becomes to large. thank you all for the plant suggestions, does anyone know where i could get these in the memphis area or online?
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