First, I'm new to this forum, and it has provided me with infinitely more aquarium knowledge than I had previously known.
I have a 30gal setup with a beach area up top, so the water volume is a tad lower than most. The water is very very slightly salty, around 1.002 specific gravity with marine (not aquarium) salt.
Tank has been setup for about 3 months.
Moderatly to heavily planted.
Substrate consists of variously-sized small pebbles, and heavily washed, then boiled, silica or, "play sand".
Filter setup is my own design of "mini-sump" it's a
- 2.5g tank with 2 main chambers
- 200gph return pump
- normal rough filter mesh
- Fluval-brand bio-filter media mixed with seachem-brand bio-filter media
- 10 mature Platies, a couple babies, that i'm not sure what to do with yet.
- 1 Betta
- 4 fiddler crabs
I recently got a Black Kuhlii Loach from a local PetSmart store. After my attempted acclimation to the new tank, I let him roam free; only to find it dead an hour or two later.
I found the Loach in the grasps of my only male Fiddler crab, as he tried to devour it!
I'm not sure if it was a stress issue, or if the loach tried to hide in the same spot as the crab and was attacked.
I really like Loaches, and would like to have 4-5 in my tank. Would it be wise to setup my spare 10gal tank for fiddler crabs and a few small fish?