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Kurious 02-25-2012 12:59 PM

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!

Byron 02-25-2012 01:46 PM

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.

Kurious 02-25-2012 02:00 PM

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...

Byron 02-25-2012 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kurious (Post 993542)
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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