If anyone has been following my posts, you know I'm getting a 50G soon. (I'm exited!)
I want to check and double check everything before I decide on fish because I don't want to change my mind after I buy things. :)
I think I've decided my 50 gallon will be a southeast asian biotope.
(I was playing around with South American, but everyone does that. :p I'll convert my 5 gallon into a tiny south america biotope.)
It will be soil-substrate with about 1-1.5 inches of sand on top. (Would the loaches go through to the soil layer? Even if they did, I don't see what the huge problem would be. Sure, a little cloud. There's eventually not going to be a filter in it, so wouldn't the cloud just settle?
Anyways, with southeast asian, the plant front is pretty simple. The two that stuck out are Hairgrass and Crypts. Crypts have a lot of variety, so that's all I need. 5-8 varieties and some hairgrass, driftwood, and done.
My question is about the fish...
I'd like rasboras and loaches.
I'd really like coolies, but I since they get so big I guess I'll find smaller loaches. Would definately like a group of 4-5. (Maybe more, I'd like activity on the bottom.)
I'd like 2 or 3 rasbora species, and perhaps a honey gourami later on.
Are glass catfish schooling or could I just get 2-3 and make them my centerpiece fish (instead of the gourami)?
I'd also like a variety of sizes and colors- I like the spotted rasbora. I assume about 8 of those.
What would you suggest?
Also, (I doubt it but it's worth a shot) could a Betta go in that tank too, or would the rasboras nip it to death?
I'm hoping this is a long discussion, since I'm not going to even think about buying fish for a couple months. (soil takes a lot longer to establish a balance.)
No, I don't even have the tank yet. Just planning.