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Trying to artificially maintain a PH does not often end well, unless you plan on using a mixture of tap and RO water. I would just go with your tap water and plan around that.
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Originally Posted by Deadstroke174 View Post
Branded is meant to be Banded dwarf loach I presume...and rather than this species in so large a tank with the Botia kubotai I wold suggest Botia striata. Both of these are peaceful (not all loaches are); the possible fin nipping mentioned in the profile would only likely occur if you had fish like angels with them. The barbs will be fine. You might want to lessen the number of both loaches though, 6 B. kubotai and perhaps 8 B. striata?
You could reverse the tanks. Angelfish etc in the 125g, barbs etc in the 55g? Angelfish do grow to 6 inches with 8-inch fins and 6 would I think look more "natural" in the larger space.
Plants. Echinodorus (the larger species, a couple are in our profiles) in the angel tank. Pygmy chain sword on the substrate. That could be fairly simple; we often like to have too many plant species and trouble ensues. Fewer plant species tends to enlarge the space visually, and angels cruising among the tall swords is a beautiful sight.
Black Phantom is fine with angels; I wold also consider one of the red related species, Hyphessobrycon bentosi or H. rosaceous for some colour. If you go with these in the 125, you have more space for larger shoals and these fish definitely are better the more there are.
I agree with previous comments on the "algae" fish. Don't get fish just for this, it sholdn't be necessary. But if you like a species that happens to eat algae, fine. Someone mentioned the whiptail catfish, they will eat common green algae. A small group of oto cats in the angelfish tank would be nice, they will keep the sword leaves clean. Remember that almost all of these algae fish only eat common green algae.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Last edited by Byron; 02-16-2012 at 06:58 PM.
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