Hello, (First post)
I'm starting a tank, and could use some help. I'm pretty experienced with fish-only tanks, even though I haven't had one running for several years, but I'm new to planting. I've done quite a bit of research on plants and fish, but I'd love some feedback and guidance. I'll put my questions in blue.
Here's what I have: There are two different setups
37gal Hex tank - this one i'll set up first, I think.
Secondnature whisper filter - sufficient?
18 inch single bulb light fixture -sufficient? If so, what type of bulb should I use?
supplies for water testing
Rena XP4 filter - sufficient?
36 inch single bulb light fixture -sufficient? If so, what type of bulb should I use?
supplies for water testing.
Here's what I want to put in the first tank:
Anubias - not sure which. Should I be looking for a specific type ?
Amazon and Oriental Swords - I had these on my list, but crossed them off, and I can't remember why. Any reason not to use these?
I would also like a couple floating plants, but could use some help picking them out. Any guidance on how to plant these?
I was thinking driftwood and terra cotta to attach the moss to, but lost on the rest I need suggestions on substrate
. (Something low maintenance.)
I'm planning to choose one of the stocking schemes from Boruchowitz' Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums, so my most like choices are:
- 6-16 White clouds for cycling - do I NEED to cycle with fish if I plan on planting first and leaving it for a couple weeks?
- 6-8 gold barbs
- 8-15 rasboras
- 1-2 PAIR dwarf gouramis Thoughts about that combination of plants and fish in the 37 gallon hex?
Would I be better of using the 46 gallon bowfront for that?
( I was think of using that for a couple stingrays, but one thing at a time )
Last question about the fish part. I would like to add some shrimp to my stocking scheme, but I'm not sure which ones, or even if they are suitable for the setup. Are they? If so, what kind?
I've read around the forums and stickies before registering, but I didn't find anything that addresses my specific questions. Any help or guidance is appreciated.
Last note - I've been looking to buy new tanks for a while now, and I got three in the last 3 days. Now i just need to get starting putting things in them!