I am setting up my second tank 200litres/55gal and looking for stocking ideas.
The tank is for my son who is partially sighted (and unable to speak/sign - so he can't help with decisions).
Key thing is that the fish need to be reasonably large (4-8"), quite slow moving, mostly solid bold colours and against a high contrast against the backdrop/plants for him to see them.
We discovered that he liked fish by watching him entranced by 5-6 Blood Parrots in 300g tank with a dark blue background. We replicated this as well as we could with a blue b/g and golden mollies/platies in a 10g and for the last 10 months he has spent +30 mins a day with his face against the glass. I know he can also see and track the red bellied piranhas at the LFS
(they contrast against a dark b/g and cruise around pretty slowly).
suggested 5-6 Angels and they are beautiful - so it is a tempting option.
I am also tempted by the idea something along the lines of a specimen or two with a species that schools quite tightly.
Anyway I am open to suggestions as I would rather track down the right fish and plants than rush it for whatever LFS
has in stock this week.
I don't want complex maintenance (my 10 gal
is no problem so hoping 55gal will be safe to leave with wife/daughter etc when I travel with work etc - usually only a week or 10 days). Local water is a little hard here in London, but have been doing ok with the 10g once we got a stable stock/water and tweaked the conditioner qty (lost a few Platies in first 3 months then switched to Mollies and since then all has been good).
Lastly I like the plants and decor almost as much as the fish so want to make sure I have all three perfectly complimenting each other and a design that makes those fish really stand out.
Thank you for taking the time to read all this.