Originally Posted by Bluewind
Red:Soil with Loaches? Wouldn't they make a mess? And what about digging? It's why I've been looking into sands. My blubs are mini spiral 40w replacements. They are energy smart so theyonly use 10w.Getting plants locally is a pain but I met the owner of one pet store who said he might be able to order plants for me as long as they are in his cataloge. It's why I need sugestions for plants that would work in my tank.
Byron: Great to see you! I'm always happy to see you post in my thread. I will look into the ferts. What plants would be good for the other water levels? I want a NPT feel to it as female bettas do better with less open area.
I'm still looking for substrate suggestions if anyone has any. I would also like some help with my stocking if anyone is familiar with betta and kuhli loach bioload. I'm ot sure about how many I should have of each and rather or not I should include Otos.
My kindle is black and white and can only load certain pages so yall giving me a direction to look in is EXTREAMLY helpful! Thank you :D
Thank you for the nice words.
I don't think redchigh nor I caught on with the loaches previously, but with kuhlii I would definitely have plain sand. Course, if you don't mind the mess, there is not other problem as the loaches could worm their way through it unless it compacted tight.
CFL bulbs sound fine.
Given you want floating plants for the bettas, I would do crypts down below, and/or Java Fern. These would be more close to the natural, if that is something you'd prefer; otherwise Anubias could work too. And Java Moss or similar mosses on wood. And some chunks of wood or branches would also be ideal, again natural habitat plus a spot for all these wood-loving plants to grow.
As this is a 20g long, the depth top to bottom is not great so with floating plants esp Water Sprite and the others on the bottom, the space is filled. For fish, five kuhlii is good, for the fish and in the tank. Betta sororities I know nothing about so one of the Betta experts will be able to help with suitable numbers.
In case you're wondering about thick planting and sand, below is my former 10g with play sand and the plants were so thick you couldn't move your hand in the tank. I had small fish in there, some can be seen.