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Advice for stocking a new 50-65 gallon planted tank
Old 01-21-2010, 04:41 PM   #11
 
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I was hoping to try to emulate the look (if not the exact species) of submerged forests, with the thin pieces of driftwood like roots and plenty of live plants, lots of vertical dimension. I haven't picked up anything for my hardscape yet, but it's in the back of my head. I was even planling to avoid a hood system so I could have the flexibility to do an open top.
That would be ideal for angels and their companions (corys, tetras...). This is along the lines of my 90g flooded Amazon forest tank, in the photos. I haven't yet found any thin branches in the stores, but I have a few thicker tree stumps.

Open top aquaria can be interesting; there are several plants that will readily grow above the water, and if the water level was low enough it could be a nice aquascape. I have never gone this way because I have fish that will readily jump out, and I'm not prepared to lose them. Several times I've had to retrieve flying hatches during feeding, and I have to be especially observant during water changes. Which reminds me, I believe angels will jump, I'm sure I've come across that...others may be able to confirm or deny.

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Old 01-21-2010, 05:10 PM   #12
 
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Years ago I had 4 angels in my 55gal tank. They all started out together as babies. When they got older, two of them paired up to spawn. The spawning pair then started to pick on 1 of the other two angels until it eventually died. Then they started to pick on the last one until it died. Then the two spawned. I tried to provide places for them to hide but a 55 for 4 angels just wasn't enough space once they got territorial.

I've only ever seen them jump when the tank was half full during a water change. They didn't jump very high.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:53 AM   #13
 
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That would be ideal for angels and their companions (corys, tetras...). This is along the lines of my 90g flooded Amazon forest tank, in the photos. I haven't yet found any thin branches in the stores, but I have a few thicker tree stumps.

Open top aquaria can be interesting; there are several plants that will readily grow above the water, and if the water level was low enough it could be a nice aquascape. I have never gone this way because I have fish that will readily jump out, and I'm not prepared to lose them. Several times I've had to retrieve flying hatches during feeding, and I have to be especially observant during water changes. Which reminds me, I believe angels will jump, I'm sure I've come across that...others may be able to confirm or deny.

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I started this whole process of designing and researching with the idea of replicating that system as closely as I could, while still having easy keepers. I haven't had much luck finding thin branches yet either. It looks like you can order them online, at fairly reasonable prices, but as with everything ordered online you have to be careful. I'll definently want to stick to sites that show you the EXACT piece you are buying.

Your 90g is beautiful, I looked at it after your first post! It gives me hope that CO2 injection isn't so vital as I thought at first. I'm told good lighting is the most important thing. I love floating plants, amazon frogbit in particular.

We had a trigger fish jump out of my Dad's 125g saltwater tank, while we weren't at home. It was a pretty awful thing to come home to. I'll look into that with the angels, who are looking increasingly difficult to keep. Another reason I keep guppies, who are tough as nails. When I set up my first tank, Dad told me to get fish I couldn't tell apart so that I wouldn't name them, and be upset when I lost them. Of course I promptly named all my guppies, but it was a nice thought!

You give great advice, Byron!
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