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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-01-2006, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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55 stocking w/ 'tope idea

55gal Long Tank. It was formally a SW, but it has been donated to me, and i'm setting it up as FW. Cleaning it out now...lots of crusty things to scrape off

Setting up a Hawaii Biotope. Shallow, moderate current streams with brackish tolerant flora/fauna. Mostly native gobies and introduced bait and ornimental fish that now thrive in the wild.

Plants: Parrots Feather, Hornswort/Coonstail and Creeping Rush

Stock: 6 (2m, 4f) swordtails, 5 gobies, 6 bronze corries, 1 dojo loach, 1 rainbow

Other biotope fish would include Green (Tiger) Barbs, Bristlenose Pleco, Mollies, Platies, and Guppies.

Hardscape - palm fronds, cocnut husks, river stones, sand

Questions: Pair of Rainbows required or will it be okay alone? Is the dojo okay alone? I also want some shrimp, with the dojo make a meal out of them?

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rainbows are schooling fish. The males won't be nearly as colorful without the presence of females to display to. I would get more then one, probably more like 3-5.
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Wow dude, I had no idea we had THAT many fish on the loose!

I knew about plecos, cichlids, and the various livebearers. No idea cories, rainbows or barbs had gotten on the loose!

As far as plants go I'd suggest trying out Bacopa monnieri which is both native, and would probably do well in this set up. Also, sometimes you can find domestically cultured Marsilea villosa at Home Depot.

Also, there are native species of Taxiphyllums that will grow aquatically (After a lot of searching, I actually found a few places where they grew aquatically in Hawaii Kai). I also found Nano moss growing wild. No idea if any of these mosses will survive the salt though.

Good luck!
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