Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
Advice needed with stocking / shrimp / colony size
New to the hobby this will be first tank. I am slowly gathering everything I need and will be setting up in the next little bit.
tank size = 75g
lighting = finnex planted plus
filter = eheim pro 3 2075
heater = eheim jager (not sure of size yet, probably 300W+)
substrate = MG organic with some sort of topper
Tank will be fully aquascaped and and heavily planted. I am not planning on running c02.
Once up and running I would like to start the tank with cardinal tetras (a large school, unsure of number) I also plan to keep oto catfish (probably 6-10, I am aware they like to be in schools) I also would love to establish a colony of red cherry shrimp. Showcase / centerpiece fish I plan / want to keep would be Cichlid rams (prolly 4?! 2 males / 2 females) and darf gourami (4, 1 male and 3 females to avoid bullying)
I am aware the larger centerpiece fish will likely eat the shrimp. But I am wondering if I get enough shrimp and with breeding they might be able to sustain their numbers? I will have lots on cover and such.
Is my stocking list / idea sound like it can be accomplished?
If you were to add to this, what fish would you choose and why?
Will the oto's and shrimp fight for food?
Thanks in advanced,