| | Re: Rebirth of 180g tank
Aaron, good to see you! Hmmmm.
My only experience so far with the ADA stuff is with Amazonia II. That stuff was real soft. I have all this old Eco Complete that's been in there for four years. It holds up great and looks nice, but I'm sure it's basically inert at this point. It would surely make a nice cap for a mineralized base though.
Yeah, I need to do something different with the fish. I'm split between making it a specimen-type tank for a few larger fish like discus or angels (maybe...... altums?), or a single school of something nice with a few little character fish that don't breed like rabbits. I like the denisoni barbs, but they don't really school all that well IME. I love the stupid Pelvichachromis t. 'Moliwe' but a half dozen turn into fifty in the blink of an eye.
Probably I'll go for the subdued look with a nice school of rummies (already established), harlequins, praecox 'bows, or maybe even one of the newer, smaller W. African tetras. I do love the congos though - what fantastic fish!
30 harlequins with about 100 amano shrimp, 18 Corry hastatus and a dozen Sidthimunkis would be pretty cool. I like C. siamensis but once they get big they just eat fish food. Maybe a few oto's too.
What do you think about light? I have the 4X39W T-5's Tek's. That gives a little less than 1 wpg. Think that would be enough to grow crypts, anubias, ferns, and such? I might want to keep one or two little patches of sturdy stemmies. It would be easy enough to add another bank of T-5s. I really don't see using the 150W MH's any more.