I'm switching my tanks/stock around in prep for the coming academic year.
The goal for the year: to successfully breed two species that are NOT livebearers, but still keep it easy on my part.
- by easy breeding, I mean I do not want to raise killies/rainbows/anabantoids- although I will once I'm out of college, with an income, with more space than my little apartment!
- The fish should be easy to sell locally or on TPT.
- I would like for one tank to be sub-tropical, so save $$ by not using a heater.
I have some livestock right now, but I'll leave them out of this post.....
I will NOT upgrade light fixtures or substrates.
"Display" tanks are in the living room for guests to admire. They should look pretty
First, water conditions!
ph 8.2-8.6 (yes it's high), very hard water.
Available substrates for empty tanks
: play sand (it's cheap) and natural pea gravel/river gravel
Available tanks- all have heater, basic light, HOB filter.
- empty 5g
- empty 5g without a hood/light.
- DISPLAY- empty 10g
- DISPLAY 20g high- about to be re-scaped with sand/boulders/river stone/moss (like a stream)
- DISPLAY 29g- eco-complete, heavily planted with crypts/anubias/vals, lots of driftwood
- empty 29g
My original plan was for the planted 29g to hold a pretty, peaceful community.
The stream style 20gH can hold a longfin WCMM colony
- no heater!
- WCMMs are very easy to breed
--- can use one of the 5gs as a spawning tank, 10g or 29g for a growout tank?
Or, I just thought that I have never kept kribensis cichlids before. And since they are so interesting, maybe a pair can go in the planted tank and the babies can grow out in the empty 29g?
And I've always wanted a pet crayfish..... 10g?
Or should a 29g be devoted to RCS and nano fish?!
Oh noes! What to do?