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I'm in the process of planning a 75gal tank, low tech, walstad. I think the term is black water? Dimmed light, not a lot of water flow, lots of hiding places, and lots of leaf litter and drift wood for soft water. I'll be adding RCS, scuds, black worms, blood worms, and mixed snails. It will have swords, vals, ferns, tons of crypts, and a moss carpet. I've always loved small fish in big tanks. So that is what this tank is for.
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German blue ram
Licorice gourami
Clown killifish
Threadfin rainbow
Please critique my plan!!! ; D

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Your plan looks good to me. Only issue I would see is the ram might eat your shrimp and snails. If you have enough hiding places for the shrimp this should be minimal and snails reproduce quick enough it shouldn't be a problem but you will have snail shells everywhere. All this is hit or miss based on the ram you get. Hopefully it will go for the stuff like blood worms and black worms first.

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Get rid of the ram or the shrimp and snails. If you don't, nature will do it for you.

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I had thought of that too. So I was planning on adding the shrimp, snails, and worms first. Let the build up a colony for a few months. Then add only a small group of rams, 6 maybe. It will have lots of plants, lots of moss, and I was going to make a dozen or so small caves for the shrimp. If you still think it won't work, I'll replace the rams with somthing.
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A+B=C
A. Shrimp are born to be fish food.
B. The Ram has a big enough mouth for the shrimp to fit in.
C. Oops...
The black worms are just that...and stay that way.
The Blood worms are fly larva and turn into flies.

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One thing to note is because of the ram's your temperature of your tank will have to be 80 degrees are more. All the other fish would be ok at a lower temp. I have had Threadfin rainbow for well over 2 years in soft water and no add salt so they will work great very easy and peaceful fish. How about another kind of cichlid like cocktoo's. I keep mine at about 76 degrees and that works well with cory's. What about bottom fish?
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Apistos would love that environment.

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I would suggest some bottom feeder types as they would love the litter and spend their day stirring and sorting. Very fun to watch activity. A group of albino cories?
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Interested in your plan.
Consider tubifex too. They will turn around your soil.


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Ok, so no blood worms and no German rams. If I'm correct, cockatoos are a type of apisto? Right? I've never kept them before, but I'm sure you guys will help me! I have thought of corys, but I couldn't decide what type.

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I go with a color which contrasts with the bottom so they show a bit more when choosing cories as they all tend to act the same.
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^ I should have done that with one of my 10g tanks. I used river rocks and panda cories and sometimes they blend in to well and are hard to find.

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apistos, baby
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Do you accept ad hominem critiques?
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