First of all, hello everyone. This will be my first post outside of the introduction forum. So thank you for any help and advice.
Ok, so it has been roughly 4 years since I had a tank up and running. I had on in highschool for a number of years and it did very well, but my move to college didn't allow me to keep it so unfortunately I had to sell off the tank. Now that I have settled down again and a LFS is opening in my area, literally next door to my house I was thinking of starting a tank up again whenever it opens.
What I have:
29 gal tank and all the filtration equipment necessary for it.
an appropriated sized heater (may need a new one)
An air pump/bubbler
What I was thinking:
I'd like to do a planted tank with a sand substrate for a more natural look. I've also heard that sand is a little easier to clean and some of the fish I am considering would benefit from it from what I have read. I remember seeing "moss balls" at a fish store in college and thought they were really cool. I would like to do a few of those, but other then that I'm kind of a dunce with what aquarium plants would be good for the fish I want.
Speaking of fish:
These are the species and numbers of each that I was thinking for the tank. I love gouramis, as if that wasn't evident from my user name haha, so I definitely want to build a tank around some. So this is what I came up with:
- 4 honey gouramis
- 5-6 kuhli loaches
- 1 zig zag eel
- 2-3 golden wonder killifish
- 1 siamese algae eater (however I am very unsure of this one because it will get bigger then the other fish, so ottos may be another option?)
What I would like to know is if this might be too many fish for the tank, again its only 29 gal. I tried to keep it varies with bottom level fish, mid swimmers, and the killifish who tend to stay at the surface. I love catfish but I think I am limited with what I could do with them because of floor space on the tank and their size. I would love some suggestions for other fish that might work in the tank or be better for it. Again any advice will be greatly appreciated, thank you!