I'm fairly new to any serious fish keeping. I'm helping my parents set up a new tank as a housewarming gift. I get the fun of the design and the setup without having yet another tank! They would like a 50-65 gallon tank, and they want angelfish. I'm thinking:
4-6 angelfish (of some sort, I know they come in different varieties)
10ish cardinal tetras (to cover the schooling fish)
1-2 corydoras? (for clean up duty, I know they don't eat algae but plecos seem...tempermental)
I would also like some live plants, but I'm going to stick to easy keepers that won't need CO2 or fancy fertilization. Dad has 125 gallon saltwater tank now, and plenty of experience with both fresh and saltwater tropical tanks, but he wants something easy
. For plants, I was going to go with: Taxiphyllum barbieri
- Java moss (it's doing so well, tied to driftwood in my 8 gallon tank) Hemianthus micranthemoides
- pearlgrass or hairgrass (I don't know about this, but it looks like an easy foreground plant)
or Eleocharis parvula
- Dwarf hairgrass (another one I don't know well...it looks like an easy keeper) Vallisneria
sp. - Don't know the common name, but I have americana
in my 8 gallon, it makes an easy background plant
What do you think? As far as fish go, my dad has kept angels before (though all of my tanks just have guppies in them - they are so easy
) but I don't know anything about most freshwater fish. What about easy keeping foreground plants? Am I trying to put too many fish in the tank??
If you're still reading, sorry for the novel, wanted you to have the relevant details! Thanks!