Following a raging case of Cyanobacteria in my first tank, likely brought on by some poor plant choices, I am going to start with a new tank. And yes, I tried killing the Cyanobacteria and failed.
So, the new tank is 29 gallons, long. It came with an Aqua-tech 20-40 filter, though I also have a Penguin Biowheel 200. I need a new biowheel if I am going to use that filter. Any thoughts on what would be a good choice with regards to my filters? (I have a healthy tank with which to seed some media, by the way.)
Plants and decor:
I want plants, but don't want to mess with CO2
. I have T5 HO
lights. I was thinking of java moss and java ferns. Is there anything else you can recommend?
For substrate, I have used gravel in my tanks up until now, but want to try sand, preferably dark sand. In part, this is because I am madly in love with cories and want to give them sand to play in. I also love the look of sand.
I like the look of driftwood, etc and I really like a natural looking environment. Currently, I have nothing, because I will have to toss my driftwood.
My tap water is pretty decent, if a bit acidic. It comes out at 6.0 and stays that way if left in a bucket over night. In my tanks, it's about 6.5.
I really want cories of some variety. I am not too keen on greens or bronzes, and I don't want something that will outgrow the tank as I have no current plans to go bigger. I do want something I can keep in a group of about 6, so their combined size can't overwhelm the tank either.
Other than that, I am stumped. I have three neons because my LFS
convinced me to start with them once I had completed my fish less cycle for my 20 gallon. I am annoyed at myself for giving in, because I never had any plans to stock neons. I find them a bit boring. I could try re-homing them as there are always people on the UsedVic list asking for freshwater fish.
Not a big fan of orange. Unsure about live bearers as, again, I don't want to outgrow my set up. My interest in chiclids is restricted to admiring other people's fish. I don't want them for me.
A big part of why I am trying to come up with a stocking plan now is that I want to make a set up that fits the fish I want, rather than make something pretty and then try to figure out what to put in it.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions that you might have!