Hey everyone, really bizarre plan in my head, and I have no idea if there is an obscure thread somewhere that might have all the answers I need, so I figured I would ask here.
I would really love to have something like neon tetras, or guppies, or something along those lines in this project, but I know it is a very strange situation, and my only possibility may end up being a betta, or possibly shrimp or something like that.
The actual scenario would be making somewhat of a very small scale pond, so although it would be a small water volume, it would be shallow with alot of surface area, and a large swimming space horizontally.
I plan to set up a really ambitious and probably impossible project in a 20 gallon tank(possibly a large tank if I find one before I start, but the 20 gallon I have seems like a good starting point) and part of the project will be basicaly making a miniature pond in the tank.
It will probably be at least half, and probably no more than 4/5ths of the surface area of the tank, and the pond will be somewhere from 4-7 inches deep, but spanning a large portion of the tanks bottom.
I'm not sure exactly what the gallon volume of the space would be yet, but it when I have that part figured out, probably in the next week or so I can give more specifics, but I figure this would be a good starting point.
The pond would have a decent current, I would have a pump in the back corner, and have the pump return to the other side of the tank into a small mock river, to give it a nice flow, water movement, and I would be including the filtering elements in the river section, basically making the river into a filter for the pond it empties into.
Like I said, I would absolutely love to have either neon tetras, or rosy red minnows, or fancy guppies, or possibly
shrimp, or some combination.
I know the water volume would be lower than would be normally required, but I don't know if the over-filtration, and the extra large horizontal swimming area would make it a possibility.
I also don't have any experience with guppies minnows or tetras, so I don't know if one of them would be better for the medium to high current I would be creating.
I would love any help on this, as in my head it seems like it would all work well, but I'm also inexperienced, so I don't know if there are things I'm missing. I figure if there are not suitable fish in my desires for this, I will either do a single betta, or see how some of my ghost shrimp do in it, but as I said(probably too many times by now lol) I would love to have something colorful and in a decent number as neon tetras or fancy guppies to really make this come alive.