Join Date: May 2012
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Considering a planted tank, had a few quick Q's.
Hey everyone, new to the forum and have been reading the FAQ's and related resources for the past few days. I've been toying with starting a large planted tank for some time now, and now that some of my fish are outgrowing their current 60g environment, I figured now was as good a time as any to get a bigger tank (90 or 110g) and begin my foray into the planted world.
The first thing I'm trying to figure out is what is the best filter system to use. I have a less than ideal situation in that my tank sits on a large countertop / breakfast bar type thing in my kitchen, roughly 55" wide by 45" deep. There is nowhere to put a canister filter, so my only options are a HOB or underwater filter. I've been recommended the Fluval U4 for this task, as HOBs will create too much water movement for the plants to thrive. Considering my limitations, is the U4 the best I can do for the tank? If not, I'd love to learn about better alternatives.
The second issue is stocking the tank. I would love to keep some of the fish I currently have which include German Blue Rams, Albino Corys, Killis, a Rainbow Shark, a common Pleco, and a Pink Tailed Chalceus. However every planted tank I've seen seems to feature tiny fish and algae eaters so I'm wondering how something like a Pink Tailed Chalceus (which can get up to 10in) would fare in a planted tank. Probably not too well, the thing is crazy skittish. Anyways, I guess my question is, should I give up on the idea of keeping my current community or is there a way to make it work?
I'm going to continue reading the forums and educating myself on the basics of preparing and caring for a planted tank, but these two questions are pretty subjective and was hoping to get some feedback before making any purchasing decisions. Thanks all!