Okay I currently have threee 55g tanks. 2 are being used by turtles and one is empty. Iam thinking of setting up an amazon style tank(though some specimens won tbe from there).
I have two 405 fluval canisters. I also have a hang on the back thats supposed to be good, but Iam upgrading it to the highest hang on back filter that you guys recommend(I need help with that). so if you could recommend me a hang on back filter thatd be great.
But here is what I have. I have sand(small grained), I have a fluval heater(supposed to be the most accurate heater.)
I have some "cichlid salts and minerals" and some powder product called "cichlid salt".
I know an angel fish is a cichlid of a sort. Which is what I want to add to my tank. Here is what Id like:
-2 Sex paired angel fish(one black, and one natural or one blushing and one black. Idk yet. Probably natural one and black though).
-6 to 12 cory cats(clean up crew)
- 10 to 20 neons
- 2 to 3 snails
-2 razor back musk turtles(they're clean and like deeper waters).
I may upgrade to a 75g, but I think the bioload should be enough since the other tanks have "messy" turtles in there and its still pretty clean. Only thing is I want to take the phosphates out since this may harm the shells of the turtle. The temps I want em to run up to 72 or 82(Higher temps are better imo)
I have 4 air pumps that are rated each for 100gallons. So yeah.
I want to use live plants in this tank mixed in with some fakes but Id love to have:
-Duckweed(I want something that floats. So if not duckweed recommend me other plants that are durable. I want clean plants. No mess you know like getting stuck to filters).
-Moss balls(Idk I just like their looks).
Basically long leafed plants for the back and middle range plants for the middle and things that cover the ground for the front. I know petco sells babys tears and alot of assorted plants.
Id like tips on what is the best place to buy fish. I can buy online so that is good. I probably asked this a long time ago but basically no one even replied to it. So Iam hoping people will take a gander at it and reply.
Though Iam thinking of getting the turtles first and then wait till I get a 75g to set up the fish. In any case here are the types of turtles Iam thinking of(though Iam only going for ONE pair of the following):
-A pair of razor backs( sternotherus carionatus- I love their spots and they love deep water)
-A pair of 3 stripped mud turtles(kinostern-they stay pretty small 3inches) and they have really nice colors.
-A pair of common musk turtles(sternotherus odoratus)
As for non- muds or musks. I also have in mind of:
Texas map turtle(males stay 3inches).
Again Iam only thinking 1 pair of turtles(females possibly), 1 sex paired of angel fish(id love to get them atleast around 3-4inches big already).
-A small group of neon tetras or any fish that comes from the amazons and would do well in a planted tank.
-A small group of corydoras
I was thinking instead of the snails Id get 1 shovel nose catfish(the one that is extremely thin and is brown colored and has a long nose. Its body is very long and thin).
I am also wanting to know opinion on which are the best hang on the back filters.
Also how do you keep water plants alive? I keep getting told alot of stuff. I did manage to find for sale a few plant C02 diffusers and "plant foods" Idk if thats needed. Please bear in mind I only keep goldfish in a 75g(a trio). So I dont remember much about other fish. As for fish foods I am thinking of feeding them:
Flakes(Idk what brand yet)
Sinking pellets for the cories(Id get two kinds.. Carnivore pellets and spirulina waffers)
and sometimes Id give live insects but id freeze or boil the insects first prior to killing parasites.
Or I could give it the diet Iam aiming to give my turtles which is something called "Gelatin suspensions" which contains:
-30% mollusks(snails and clams)
-20%Insects(crickets, earthworms, waxworms, pheonix worms, etc)
-20% Whole fish(freshwater fish of course)
-15% Veggies and fruit(kale, apple, carrots, squash, and whatever I can find that doesnt contain enzymes).
Then Id mix it in with vitamin powder(3scoops) then calcium with D3(3scoops-tbsp)
1Cuttle bone for grit and crunch. Then id put it on the blender and liquify it. Then Id mix it with flavorless, tastless gelatin and put it in the freezer. As for the fish, mollusks and insects Id boil them for 5minutes. Or I could just put the mix in a pot and boil it for 5mins while stirring and mixing another scoop of vitamins and calcium(boiling eats away those or so my parents said). So then id have a home made meal for the turtle and the fish is that good for the fish?