Hello, Iam new to aquatic plants.
Iam thinking of setting up an aquarium with a pair of 3 stripe mud turtles(They don't harm plants, nor are t hey clumsy, they are slow bottom walkers), maybe a doz. mosquito fish, and a pair of either pearl gourami or bitterlings. SO Please hear me out.
Iam trying to look for sturdy, beautiful, easy to keep plants. I dont want them to be messy and all over the joint. I tried anachris a couple of times, they were all over the place. The temperature of the water will be 75degrees on one end and 79degrees in the other. See it has to be warmer on one side and cooler to the other. Because turtles need it for better digestion of their foods and various other reasons. The tank wont be filled half way. It will be almost to the top. More of like 1/4 of t he water will be empty. Like Iam going to glue something in a corner so the turtles can dry dock if they want. Iam going to glue two small pieces of PVC pipes on the back for resting places and hiding places.
I would l ike plants that would cover the back, the middle, and the lower portion. You know?
Mud turtles and musk turtles are generally clean turtles. Compared to the other turtle species they are generally clean. I have kept the common eastern m usk turtle, they never attacked plants, same goes for razor backs. The tank Im thinking of buying is a 46bow front. Iam going to be using a good light for the plants. but I would like it to be low-tech. As in I dont want to go through the trouble of getting a CO2. Im getting a plant substrate, sea chem plant ferts, and a plant light but thatd be it. I also would like to add a bubble wall in the back to keep a sort of flow. I would like to use a "hang on back filter" Since they kinda seem nifty(shape is kinda cool) and they have this flow thing that goes in the water. Or sometihng of the sort. I noticed that fish tanks dont really need carbon. As long as you keep up with water changes, replace sponge every week or two. Then it should be fine. Also
Here is another stock of fish I was thinking just in case:
buenos aires tetras
I just want to set the perfect tank. I currently have another turtle. But with her, she being a strong swimmer. She messes up a nything you put in the tank. So there is no hope for a "beautiful" tank. xD Iam planing on making the water acidic because I hear acidic water prevents fungus infections in fish and turtles. I dont worry that the turtle WOULD get it. But I worry about the fish. I was also thinking maybe adding small cleaner shrimps to make sure that the tank is kept clean and such.
If anyone could pl ease help me that would be wonderful