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Although I haven't been that long on this forum, I always wanted to ask the famous stocking question. So here goes!
What could I possibly add to this tank?
The reason why I selected this tank for the question is that it is a complete oddball for me as it has no plants. The tank is situated in my basement in a very quiet location.
- Open 8.5 gallon/32,4 liters shallow tank
- 24 inch / 60 cm in length, 12 inch/30 cm deep, 7 inch/18 cm height
The temp has dropped to 17 Celcius / 62-63 Fahrenheit minimum during winter nights and 23 Celcius / 73-74 Fahrenheit during summer days. I am willing to attach a canister filter with integrated heater and crank up the minimum to 21 Celcius / 70 Fahrenheit, but that's about it.
Water conditions are still soft water but haven't measured in a long while. Based on my tapwater specs and around 60 tap : 40 RO water ratio, as well as the leaves and botanicals, I guesstimate around 5 GH and 6 PH. Depending on species, I will measure my parameters and could alter this slightly by changing the tap : RO ratio. That would not be a problem.
Currently a small Eheim internal corner filter and no lights. I borrowed the Twinstar light unit just to take an image. I was thinking of adding two LED spotlights on both sides. The one I could position above the filter outlet will create a great rippling effect. The LEDs will be controlled by dimmers.
So what fish could I add?
I strongly prefer species-only tanks, but if very compatible and fitting the tank, I am willing to add a second species. But although the footprint is decent, it is still only 8.5 gallon, so I lean strongly towards species-only.
The tank offers a great environment for Caridina shrimp. Depending on fish species, I might add a dozen from any of my other tanks.
Last note: it is an open tank. Fish that disperse or forage sometimes above the water line are obviously out of the question.
Last note after the last one: I have a species in mind. Curious to see if others come up with the same one.