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Old 02-25-2012, 12:59 PM   #1
 
Fish-friendly hardscape idea...

After getting some good feedback on this forum from Byron and others, I've made some adjustments to my 40g re-scape plans that I hope are more fish-friendly. I like the simple hardscape (DW & rock only) of the Aquarium Design Group examples on their site, but with a compromise so fish will not be too stressed in the "minimalist" environment.

I think a minnow-type fish, either White Clouds or rasboras for the large, main school and a school of 5 cories TBD.

Filter: 75g HOB
Substrate: tan fine grained gravel and a few river rocks
Tank Background: either dark gray or taupe
Driftwood: Northern Catalpa. This is classified as a deciduous hardwood that is slightly soft, but very rot resistant. There are lots of it around here and the branches have the look of mini-Manzanita (very densely angled and interesting). I have a few 30" dried pieces that I found that are soaking. Not leaching/darkening the bucket water after 4 days and of bark not softening much. Almost thinking I should not scrape bark off to let help soften or darken tank water? We'll see if leaching increases over the next week...
Plants: Frogbit to give fish some cover and shade
Light: 1 55w, 6400K compact fl.

Opinions? Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
 
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I have alreadys read that bark should be removed from wood, so I'll pass that along.

If you're looking for fish suggestions, mentioning the GH and pH will help us.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
 
Sorry. I have tested and pH is 7.5. This GH level is from the city water report: 147ppm. I have had good success with rummies, neons and harlequins in the past...
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:49 PM   #4
 
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Sorry. I have tested and pH is 7.5. This GH level is from the city water report: 147ppm. I have had good success with rummies, neons and harlequins in the past...
That's good, roughly 8 dGH. Depending upon the KH, the pH may lower as the tank matures.
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