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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I just wanted to share my tank and get some advice if I do anything wrong.

Thanks in advance
The plan


Ludwigia repens


The start of a hairgrass field.



The melting Java fern


Moneywort+Didiplis


Rotala Indica


Looking down the tank


Full tank shot


My helper


The tank was planted last night, unfortunately I don't think the hairgrass is going to make it.
A little background about the tank:
160 watt lights
Fluorite and sand with flourish root tabs added
DIY Co2
2-2213 Ehimns
 

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Oh, the Yellow Lap is just home for the holidays from my office, thus the water level was lowered to improvise a bubbler to add aeration.
 

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This is the assortment, a late X-mas present by my wife.
8 pots of Dwarf Hairgrass
1 bunch Moneywort
1 bunch of Rotala indica
1 bunch Ludwigia needleleaf
1 bunch Ludwigia repens
1 bunch Didiplis
2 Anubias nana
3 Java fern
Its also why there is no skin on the tank stand as well. I thought I had to get the tank going sooner than I was planning, but a shipping dept. is still on holiday I think as she has not received a shipping date yet.

As far as fauna goes I am thinking Apistogramma cacatuoides. I fell in love with them while in Hawaii but didn't have time to get them before I came back to the mainland.
 

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Sweet tank, but yyou probly won't have white sand showing long.
Apistos rule, and OF is my favorite. They breed even in hard, alkaline water.
I have a pair of orange flash and a pair of double reds.
Here's my orange flash male-
 

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Nice so far. 55g is a PITA to scape, that's why I gave up before and stuffed it with moss:icon_mrgr once everything is out of my 55g I will be scaping it finally... Remember to use the height one of the best 55g tanks I've seen used it great bu having a bunch of swords in the back:D .

The apistos will LOVE the sand!

What other fish are going in there? corries ottos?

-Andrew

Oh also, what is light HD lighting? I have the same ones over my tank and are great, just keep those unless you really need more light, but at just under 4 wpg with all four lit, Thats a bunch of light!
 

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What other fish are going in there? corries ottos?

-Andrew
I've been planning on a sorta species only tank but with all my tanks I have the standard clean up crew.
Starting with 5 ottos, 2 panda cories, and we will see if shrimp will survive with in the tank.
 

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also one thing that you might need to think about is to keep the fish size small like 5-8 inches. the sand makes it sort of hard to clean if you have
bigger fish.
 

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Apistogramma cacatuoides only reach 2"- 4" in size. As of right now, I am only stocking it with 3 of them " 1 male and 2 females".
 

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Get more than 2 cories...they like groups and are usually more timid when you keep them in small pairs or trios. I'd get atleast 6...its a 55g, so you have room for alot of them. :D
 

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Update

flikr fuzzed on my pics
 

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Is your cat winking, or does it have 1 eye?
(totally off subject!)
 

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I knew someone would ask so i decided to get it over with now.
 

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LOL he's the cat that we found on our honeymoon. The three toe per foot, one eyed kitten that wouldn't leave my wife alone at the beach. :icon_mrgr

Flikr fuzzed on me, Ill repost the pics while I update
 
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