Hello all. Have read a lot here, understood some, enjoyed most but now I have questions of my own as you have nearly fried my brain with all the wonderful help and information.
I will pick up my tank this week along with the necessary equipment and hopefully be starting a cycle by the weekend.
The tank dimensions are 60" long 19" wide and 20" deep. I have typed these numbers into a gallon converter and it comes out to 88 gallons. My guess is there was some issue in the measurements but I am planning on using them for my fish stocking as the smaller numbers will be conservative in any case in choosing fish numbers and equipment capacity.
I have a tentative stocking plan and wanted to get some general comments about the viability of my selections.
1 x Medium size Pleco such as a clown pleco or equivalent
1 x Long Nose Raphael catfish aka Chocolate catfish
4 x Zebra Danio
4 x Flame Dwarf Gouramis
4 x Neon Blue Gouramis
4 x Cory cats in the 4" category as adults
8 x Cardinal Tetras
3 x Kuhli Loaches
This should leave me some flexibility and if I understand the bio load of the appropriate fishes, I should still have some room. If that is the case, please feel free to offer advice. I have 2 concerns about the stocking plan. One is I might have too many Gouramis. The second is I might have too many bottom feeders. The only non-negotiable fish on the list are the Pleco and the Raphael catfish.
It is my intention to initially have a sand substrate using pool filter sand. The main piece of equipment that I am concerned about is choosing the appropriate canister filter for this stocking and if I decide to go with 2 filters rather than one, do their capacities add or do they both have to be able to do 100 gallons each?
At the moment I am undecided about plants.
Your help and comments are appreciated very much.