I am moving soon, and am in the planning stages of an "American" tank titled Americana
, oddly enough. I am looking for feedback and advice.
I will be taking down my 20T tank; most of the plants in there are American, and so are the inhabitants. Here is a pic of that tank:
I live in Tennessee, so I am getting a rimless tank from Glass Cages in Nashville...90ish gallons (48"x18"x24").
This will be topless, with a suspended T5 fixture.
Pressurized CO2 w/reactor and controller.
Rena XP4 filter.
Going with out of tap water: 4 kH, 6gH pH around 7.
All the bells and whistles.
I am going for an open look.
Sand substrate with lots of open areas. No foreground/carpet plants.
There will be two large clusters of plants/driftwood/rocks.
One larger cluster in the back right corner with Vals, Potamogeton gayi, and various red stem plants (see below). This cluster will be framing an area of tall, twisted driftwood with mosses and various grassy-type plants (especially Juncus repens).
There will be a smaller, lower cluster of plants and driftwood in the middle/front towards the left of the tank at the 'rule of thirds' spot. There will be lower, smaller stems and grasses here (stuff like Heteranthera zosterfolia, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Bacopa australis, Hemianthus micranthemoides, and Lobelia cardinalis 'Small Form') with some Ludwigia ovalis for some color and some riccia.
I would like some help with the stocking list. Please feel free to comment on compatibility, and suggest other south/central american cichlids that are non-aggressive and plant friendly. No german rams; too finicky.
6x Bolivian Rams for sure (have two currently)
4x Flag Acara (have one currently)
2x (pair) Keyhole cichlids
(will these be ok? any others? ideas? maybe one more species? apistos?)
4x American Flag Fish (currently have two - great algae eaters and beautiful too! only $1.99 here!)
any others? ideas? keep in mind this is an open tank... jumpers are a no-no
?x Neons. I currently have 4.
?x Endler's Live bearer (currently have 5 in another tank. will these become cichlid food?)
?x Swordtails (orange)
These numbers are flexible, depending on the stock list / bioload
A school of some black and white corys, 12 or so, not sure which species yet.
4 plecos, probably bulldog and bristlenose.
(any others which are American or cosmopolitan that fit with my scheme? I especially need help with mosses. What are the N/C/S American mosses? I know Fissendens is , but no others...)
"Grasses" (not all are grasses, I know, but are grass-like in appearance):
Vallisneria gigantea 'red'
Stem plants for reds and green accent plants:
Alternanthera reineckii 'rosaefolia'
Lobelia cardinalis 'Small Form'
Ludwigia repens (from my backyard...literally)