06-14-2008, 09:32 AM
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Ok, it is now a moral imperative that I get my hands on a shoal of Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki. Could fish get any cuter than that???
I'm thinking if I have the dwarf loaches that nixing the RTBS is a good idea? I don't have my heart set on one, so that's ok. Also, I'd be ok with pulling the three males out of my rosy barbs if breeding becomes an issues.
I really love the look of the red-tailed rasboras, plus it seems like they are a less common fish, which I think is fun.
As far as water flow goes, I'm probably only going to go with the amount of flow generated by the Emperor 200 that I currently have on the 28 gallon. The tank I'm looking at is a 30 high, so that should give enough low/no current space for the sidthimunki to be comfortable. Something I noticed in the 28 is that if the water level drops below the edge of the filter output the current is increased significantly. I may set this tank up with water level an inch or so below the filter output intentionally to take advantage of that effect. This one will *NOT* be going in my bedroom (running water at night, bad idea).
Now, for substrate, would it work to have some kind of plant friendly substrate like flourite under a thin layer of round pebbles with some sand on top? I think the pebbles and sand would be appreciated by the bottom dwellers and it simulates the river bottom look well. Otherwise, I could just stick with potted plants. The only problem with sticking to potted plants is that I think it will keep me from having the well planted look that I am going for. Otherwise, would a mix of sand and flourite work? I think that would also simulate the river bottom look well, especially with some rounded rocks scattered here and there.
Oh I love this part! The planning stages are so much fun. It's so satisfying when all the research and work turns into a beautiful habitat.