My Second Tank, First Time With Real.plants

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by suku_patel_22, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. suku_patel_22New MemberMember

    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.

    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?)

    Some pics



  2. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    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

  3. suku_patel_22New MemberMember

    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.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 22, 2017
  4. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    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
  5. suku_patel_22New MemberMember

    I currently have
    8 cardinal tetras
    4 double sword tail
    7 guppies (5 females)
    4 Amano Shrimps
    1 BN Pleco.

    I am observing that my Java Fern is dying off. Anubias and crypt seem to be doing fine.

    My water temperature is around 26 to 27 degree Celsius.

    Is fertilizers required? If yes what? Should I add Seachem Flourish and Flourish Excel?
  6. Lance0414Well Known MemberMember

    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.
  7. suku_patel_22New MemberMember

    Nah, nothing is blocking the ferns
  8. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    The bolivian rams need 76 or under. 77 and 78 would stress them out.
  9. Lance0414Well Known MemberMember

    My Bolivians are in 80'F with the BN pleco and is doing well(even trying to breed but the EBA will not let them have his rock).
  10. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Sometimes you can't tell if their stressed out until they live shorter than normal.

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