Hi everybody! I am setting up my 50g tank again that has been sitting for a year mostly completely empty! I am planning to buy an Eheim 2215 (or 2217 we'll see) canister filter.
I have been thinking recently what I will stock in the tank! I been looking at rainbow fish and I really really like them! They seem beautiful and also very peaceful -- I don't really like mean fish. They also seem like they would fit my water conditions.
What I have considered thus far is:
I also really like Red Cherry Shrimp! I feel like they will make my tank more interesting, especially if they have their own little population going!
I may only get 1 angel, so that would leave room for changes, but I'm fairly sure I would like at least 1.
I am wondering if you can mix and match rainbow fish? I would love 3 red irian and 3 boesemani! Although, I notice that they are different genus (that is the first word in a scientific name right?) so they are even more unrelated than some other varieties of rainbowfish! Also, it sounds like they require different temperatures.
Currently, without a heater, the temperature is about 78.8 degrees. I'd need to test the pH, but I know it is around ~8. Average tap water in my town is 8.1 according to the water report. I'll have to dig through some boxes (we moved) to find my test kit... but I know I have hard water.
If anyone has other suggestions let me know :D! Thanks!
Also, I intend to have live plants. But I want the plants to be fairly "low tech." Right now I have the plants that survived just sitting there for over a year - java fern, crypt, and anubias, so I assume those are easy and plan to keep those xD