I am starting to really enjoy my planted tank now, and its great to see such wonderful growth and the fish loving their new surroundings.
However, I also happen to have a 6' x 2' x 2' tank containing:
1) 4 silver dollars (these are the metynnis ones)
2) rainbow barbs (look like tinfoils but their colours is more subtle and have a lovely silvery sheen)
3) 3 synodontis decorus
4) synodontis occelifer (17 years old!)
5) pseudocanthicus areaus (goldy pleco, can grow quite large)
6) synodonis angelicus
my question is that I wonder if it is possible, if cost was no object, to house the above in a large planted aquarium? Or are they best left alone in a sparse fish only aquarium? I can afford a 12' x 2' x 4' (4' wide, not height since my door is only 27"
) acrylic aquarium for them if possible, I just need to know if anyone has done this kind of thing and if the planted aquarium is the best kind of environment to give them. I know some of you would tell me to sell them off, but I've become too attached to them and I consider it unethical to ignore my responsibility.
my specific questions are:
1) will a planted aquarium give them enough oxygen?
2) silver dollars and the barbs are plant eaters but I would assume that if they are placed in a densely planted tank the growth will compensate?
3) will a planted tank be healthier for them?