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hi all

im new to fish keeping and i need some advise, i recently purchased an elite 60 liter tank and i plan for it to be a planted tank with micro gravel substrate, bog wood and a bubble wall and stock it with small shoaling communal fish.

ok so 1st question is i plan to have 2 filters in it 1: a basic sponge filter (air pump) and 2: a smart internal filer that does 600L/H, so is this to much filtration and or will it create to much current in my tank?

2nd question: what are the best/easiest plants to have in it? (i don't really like the plants that need to be weighted/tied down)

3rd: the fish im planing on getting are ether:

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harlequin rasbora OR neon rainbowfish OR (?zebra danio?) x5

Top/Mid:
rummynose tetra OR ember tetra x5

Mid/Bottom:
cherry barb OR any other mid/bottom barbs x5

Bottom:
dainty cory OR pygmy cory x5

ok so that would be 20 small fish, what do u recommend i get or are there better fish ive not listed and are the numbers ok?


Sorry for the long questions but id greatly appreciate any advise u may have for me.

thanks
 

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just back from my LFS and ive decided against gourami they r just a little to big for me as i said, i think im definatly getting the harlequins and the cories so it comes down to cherry barbs or rummynose tetras or both. ive also found out that my tap water is VERY acidic can i use bottled still water to nutrify it?
 

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its the highest it can go on the api test kit, think its 7.5 or 7.6 and strangely there was no reaction to the ammonia test the water stayed clear :$ don't no what happend there lol (water from my 12 liter gold fish tank, not related to my 60liter btw)

yeah cherry barbs are nice but i read that they can be a bit nippy?
 

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oh no it was the LFS that did the tests, ive done a 25% water change so i hope that would help and ill get it tested again net week, anyways lets get back on topic,my 60l tank: as i said i wona use micro gravel (2-3mm) im thinking 6kg should be enough for a nice substrate for the plants? (its a 60x30cm tank if any1 wants to do the calculations) and im prity much gona get all the plants in the beginner guide on the main page. any suggestions?
 

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just got some ph test strips and my tap water is 7ph and my small 12liter tank is about 8ph, 6-8 would be around neutral ph so i think im ok with 50% tap/50% bottled water (treated with safe water of course) for my 60liter tank.

i think ur all right that 4 shoals might be to much so i might do this:

6x harlequin rasbora
6X cherry bard OR rummynose
6x dainty corys

so instead of 20 fish in 4 shoals its 18fish in 3 shoals, would this be more acceptable?
 

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yeah using the 1inch rule u should get 15-16 fish max in a 60liter but with over filtering and plants u could get more shoaling fish in there happily i would think. and cause im trying to get fish that like different levels of water should help also but im just guessing there.
 
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