Picked up a used tank off craigslist last week. Long story short, it's actually a Juwel aquarium from europe and is 240 liters or ~58 gallons.
I've always had a 20g tank around the house with a couple molly's, some cory's and a few tetras, but I'm looking at doing a planted setup with the new tank (my first). I'll be starting off with 80 watts (Fixture that came with the tank), and depending on how things look bumping it up to a 110-130w compact fluorescent light.
I was hoping to do a carpet of dwarf baby tears, and throw in some java fern(Microsorum pteropus)
, anubias, and a marimo ball - just because i think they're cool. Probably some other stuff depending on what else i can find from my local fish stores.
Here's my current thoughts on fish though.
2-3 oto's for algae maintenance
8 ghost schrimp or red cherries if i can get them for a good price
6 x-ray tetras
possibly another school of tetras
For fish I'm considering. (I'm pretty sure i won't have room for everything, and may change my mind but this is what i'm thinking of)
2 dwarf gourami's
3 blue ram's
3 bolivian ram's
2 Boesemani rainbows - I don't now how well they would do with only 2 considering they school.
Is this going to be too heavy a fish load for the size of the tank?
Also, I've read that those plants should be okay with a lower light, non CO2 setup but being new to planted tanks any thoughts are welcome.