My Second Tank, First Time With Real.plants

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Hello everyone,
This is my first post on this forum.

I initially started with a very small 37L tank, and had various fishes. However I always wanted a larger tank.

I finally decided to upgrade my setup.

Equipment
Tank: Boyu EA 80. 32 x 16 x 22 inches (LxBxH). Its 148L, approx 40 gallons.
Filter: Boyu Overhead filter that came with tank, rated for 740L/hr and Eheim Classic 350 canister filter rated 620L/hr
Lights: Default lights with Boyu, 20wx2 tubes
Substrate: Ada La Plata 16Kg.
Decoration: A big driftwood, will add some lava rocks later
Background: Plain black

Fishes while the tank settles down
10 Cardinal tetras
2 Albino brislenose

Planned Fishes to be added later
6 German Blue Ram
4 or 5 big colourful Fishes(Do i have any other option to Discus?)


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Hi and welcome to fishlore!

2 BN plecos is a lot and they would prefer cooler water to the rest of the fish you want. How about a clown pleco instead?
Rams can be territorial especially if they pair so just doing 2 may be best to prevent fighting.
Discus would need a bigger tank.

How about this stocking
10 Cardinal tetras
1 Clown pleco
2 German Blue Ram
12 Kuhli loaches
1 Angelfish
 
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Hi and welcome to fishlore!

2 BN plecos is a lot and they would prefer cooler water to the rest of the fish you want. How about a clown pleco instead?
Rams can be territorial especially if they pair so just doing 2 may be best to prevent fighting.
Discus would need a bigger tank.

How about this stocking
10 Cardinal tetras
1 Clown pleco
2 German Blue Ram
12 Kuhli loaches
1 Angelfish
Thanks, I'll check those fish out and let you know my views. What about dwarf gouramis?

Sorry, didn't like the Kuhli loaches. I (to be read as "my wife") want some medium sized colourful fishes, that aren't gold fish.
 
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A dwarf gourami would prefer cooler water to the rest of the fish in the stocking I listed but you could do this instead
1 DG
1 BN pleco
2 Bolivian rams
10 Panda cories
10 Neon tetras

Edit: In the stocking I suggested the kuhlis could be swapped for 8-10 sterbai, albino or bronze cories
 

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I think BNs are ok in heated tanks(mines in 80'F and doing well). How about:
10-14 Cardinal Tetras
1 BN Pleco or Clown Pleco
10-12 Bronze or Sterbai Cories
2-3 Bolivian Rams(if 3 make sure all are females or it will be a mess)
1 Rainbow Cichlid
76-78'F would do good for this stock.
No fertilizers should be needed, but is the Java Fern under another plant or something else that could block the light from it, that is the problem i had until i moved it.
 

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I think BNs are ok in heated tanks(mines in 80'F and doing well). How about:
10-14 Cardinal Tetras
1 BN Pleco or Clown Pleco
10-12 Bronze or Sterbai Cories
2-3 Bolivian Rams(if 3 make sure all are females or it will be a mess)
1 Rainbow Cichlid
76-78'F would do good for this stock.
No fertilizers should be needed, but is the Java Fern under another plant or something else that could block the light from it, that is the problem i had until i moved it.
The bolivian rams need 76 or under. 77 and 78 would stress them out.
 
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