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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-01-2003, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all,

I'm currently planning to retrofit of my existing reef setup in favour of a planted aquarium. I'm looking for suggestions / ideas / changes / comments as to what I should stock my tank. My goal or inspiration is to create a more open styled environment similar to the tank pictures included below.

Here are the specs.

110 Gallon Tank (5' long) drilled to sump.
VHO Lighting: 2x140 watt, 1x110 watt - Probably going with URI AquaSuns. This gives me ~3.5 wpg of VHO lighting.
Substrate: Onyx or a mix (still researching)
Co2 enhanced
UV Sterilizer will be available
Filter: Canister filter media placed in sump and overflow.

Fish selection: to keep it low stocked and have schooling fish. Maximum size of fish must be less then ~5-6" at adult. So far I'm thinking...

- Rummynose Tetra or Cardinal Tetra's (~20)
- Sterba Cory Cats (4)
- Clown Pleco (1)
- Zebra Pleco (1)

Any other suggestions? Maybe two mid water fish.

Plants: (still researching)

- Glossostigma elatinoides
- Riccia fluitan




All help welcomed!
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If your sump/overflow is open to the air, you might want to do something else to avoid CO2 loss.

I'd also cram in the fish, Festus! One inch per gallon means nothing in a well planted tank. With few fish, (or maybe even with a lot of fish), you'll probably end up having to add nitrate once things going. The more fish you have, the less nitrate you'll need to add. In a well planted tank, you can pretty much just plop all the fish in (within reason, of course). The plants will take up the ammonia directly, without waiting for bacteria to convert it to nitrite and then nitrate.

You might consider some rainbows - any kind shouldn't bother the plants. Dwarf neon blue's are really pretty and get about 2 inches long max. Other species can get to be 3 or 4 inches long but remain mild tempered. Rainbows are happiest in groups of 6 or more of the same species. Also, make sure the Plecos you get won't grow too big. The big ones can do damage to your plants. Lots of folks here like the brushy nosed Pleco.

Good luck!

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