Originally Posted by michael15
So with this fish tank some many things are going to leave. First thing to go is my rainbow colored gravel I will remove that. secondly is the plants for those i am going with java fern, java moss, hornwart, dwarf sagittaria, anubias and amzon sword. thirdly is the fish I have an idea on most of the fish i want and those are 8 ron vio tetras, 8 harlquin rasbora, 10 khuli loaches and a bristle nose pleco. Now for the questions
1. What is the best dirt to use?
2. Will i need to recycle my tank when i add the dirt?
3. Is their a special pair of scissors to trim the plants back?
4. When is the best time to trim the plants back?
5. Will this to many fish to go into the tank?
6. which one of these fish makes the best center piece fish to top off my tank
The Bolivian ram, Kribensis, Dwarf gourami, or African butterfly fish?
I'll try to answer in order here to help you along.
1. No clue. Wait for a couple others to chime in as I've seen a few that folks are pretty happy with.
2. More than likely a recycling period will be needed.
3. Any will do IMO
. As long as they are sharp. There are a few brands that can be found that are specific for aquarium use but I don't think it's absolutely necessary.
4. Any time you see die off or they are just getting out of control.
5. Sorry but I don't feel what you've suggested above is ideal. The Tetras and Rasboras yes, but no on the Loaches and Pleco. IMO
they need bigger tanks.
6. As a centerpiece, the only one I saw listed would be the DG as being fit for that size tank. The others all need a much bigger tank IMO
As jglover pointed out, filtration. And plants are great in keeping a good system going but as mentioned, an excellent WC
routine is a must !!! The one thing I didn't see above is lighting. That will need to be addressed at some point for the needs of the plants.
Edit : The African Butterfly is a notorious jumper so a tight fitting top is a requirement. The volume of plants, besides lighting, may also need a fert and co2
supply as well.