I'm just getting back into the hobby after about an 8-year hiatus and now we have the wonderful internet info resource. :)
I just purchased a 65 gallon tank, plan on planting it up well and having rocks and wood with all kinds of hidey holes. The substrate I got is like a bit bigger than sand, almost like a sand/gravel mix/hybrid and some flourite. Got an external canister filter (eheim 2217) and just a strip light for now. Need to look up more about lighting this week, and do more plant research.
So now... the fish.
I love dwarf cichlids and am a sucker for kuhli loaches, gobies, and other fish like ropes or eels, however I know that neither of the latter are fit for a new tank with small fish.
Here's my tentative plan. I'm completely open to feedback and suggestion, how many etc. I should say that in Portland we have an amazing LFS (Home
) with very healthy fish so this does help with sensitive fish. We have soft water and the pH is generally neutral-ish. I have not yet tested my tap.
- 2 Rams - I have maybe been talked into the Bolivian - they are supposedly more hardy, however the Blues in my store are very healthy, and they are my first love so I may give them a try as I loved them before.
- 2 Apistogramma of some sort (Cockatoo are supposed to be good with Rams - & as I say I am drawn to dwarf cichlids - others I should be considering?)
- 5? Clown killifish - stay at the top, less likely to eat my other fish than other killis. I need to ask killie folks more probably. Otherwise, marbled hatchetfish for top swimmers instead.
- 6? Forktail rainbows
- 6? Cardinal tetras or Silver tip tetras - leaning toward cardinals for the color and a contrast to the other school of rainbows.
- 2 Peacock gudgeons
- 3-5 kuhli loaches
- 1-2 Rhinogobius goby/ies - need to ask the store about them - we'll see what they say.
I looove chocolate gouramis however keep reading how delicate they are. Again, my LFS has two types and they look great, one is the Vaillant variety. Anyone here have experience with them in a community tank?
I also love elephant noses but have to do more research on them. I know they would also need to be put in once the tank is well-established, and I know they need a variety of live food.