Just bought an awesome 29 gal hex tank... So pumped to get this stocked! Waiting a week or two depending on how fast cycling goes...
My 55 gallon has been set up with plants since 2011 and currently there is a constant new addition or two of red cherry barb babies, usually after a largish water change. Harlequin rasboras are doing fantastic, too!
So many plants that I was going to give some to a friend I go to college with for his tank, but now that I have this new one I believe I'll just be putting them in it!
My 55 gal is a JUNGLE so this is good
ANYWAYS. Mom wants guppies in this new tank... our water is too soft though and lower pH, I'll be using some kind of white sand (Where can I get this/what kind...? Pool filter sand??), and for plants duckweed and Java fern, some anubias, and I might as well cut out some Vals from my 55 gal while I'm at it because in the last two months they have put out "root shooters" and spread like wildfire.
To raise the pH and hardness for guppies, I'm going to be using Shells from the ocean... I've heard mixed opinions about this and I'll see how it goes for myself.
I'll be trying for a pH around 8.
Any tank mate suggestions for guppies, that also like this pH? Probably no other livebearers..
And how would an all-male group go?
If I have to have males and females I would love a fish that would eat the fry, yet not the adults....
Final parameters should be 7.5-8.5 pH, and if only guppies a temp of 75-78 degrees F. I will be able to tweak the temperature some to accommodate other fish, within the guppies' preferences.
Also note that being hexagonal, it is a taller tank.
Thanks for any help or suggestions!