Hi guys, I'm setting up a new tank and had a few questions.
I've never had a tank with very many (if any) live plants as I've always had more aggressive fish who like to rip them out and eat/destroy them. This week I'm setting up a new tank, it's 40-55g (I'll post exact size later when I get a chance to measure) and I would like it to be heavily planted with some fish I've always liked but never had because I didn't want them to be food.
I was hoping to have some corys and cherry shrimp - doing the hardscape today and was planning on leaving a large section of the tank floor unplanted & with nice sand for the corys.
I also wanted pseudomugil rainbows (forktails I think are the common name?) which I've always liked but have heard can be a little rambunctious and hyper for some tankmates.
And german blue rams! I've always ALWAYS wanted a pair of rams, but they are just too gentle for the tanks I've had in the past. A few concerns here - are the pseudomugils going to scare them? Also, from what I've read rams like warm water while most plants, corys and pseudomugils like cooler water.
Can I make this tank work? I'd rather know sooner than later so I can better plan my hardscape for the species who will call my tank home.
If I can't have happy rams, I'd rather have another species that will be happy as opposed to nervous stressed rams. I'm open to suggestions :)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I haven't done a tank in a few years so I'm a little rusty!