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Would my tank fit the description? - Fast moving, oxygen rich water

I'm looking at a different types of fish... and some are described as fish that like fast moving, and oxygen rich water(kukli, alligator loaches, otos..etc).

Would a 55 gallon tank with two AC70 filters, java moss, and java fern be considered to have fast moving, oxygen rich water? Or do all these fish require the extra equipment(airstone/bubblers, powerheads...etc)?

Or would such a tank be good for those that require slow moving water(asian stone mini catfish)?
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Hmmm, Hara jerdoni, aka stone cats, anchor cats etc. are hillstream species as well. Powerheads are going to be your best bet here. Sluggish, meandering stream species would be like rasboras, danios, tetras, barbs. Also, moss doesn't do much to oxygenate like macrophytes.

Stock lightly and carry a big filter. - I don't have aquariums. I have ecosystems in a glass box. - Hygrophilaholic and hoarder of Anubias.
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Also, moss doesn't do much to oxygenate
What about java fern and dwarf anubias? I plan to have some patches here and there.
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Such slow growers they do not contribute much to water purification either. Java and Anubias MAY suffice for a low-tech IF your ENTIRE tank is COVERED with it.. as in not much room for open swimming... either way you are going to be primarily relying on your filter and WCs for water quality with these plants.

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Hillstream species seem to do best when the water movement is about 20 times the tank volume per hour.
Ditto the suggestion above: The filters may be helpful, but I would add a power head to this tank.

Combine the filters and power heads so they help each other, not create turbulence.

The water moving across the surface adds oxygen. Anything you can do to enhance this flow will help.

Here is a simple way to see what the water is doing at different levels:
Start with a stick or dowel that is longer than the height of the tank.
Tie thread along the stick, perhaps 3-4" apart, leaving the ends several inches long.
Stick this in the tank with the filters and power heads running and see if they are helping each other (pretty much all the strings going the same way) or if they are fighting each other.
Another way is to drop some slowly sinking food, or flakes in the water. Watch what it does.

http://www.loaches.com/articles/hill...-the-fast-lane
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