I have tried to select plants & fish from the brasilian river basin. I would appreciate any advice or opinions on equipment, fauna & flora selection, & on the placement/aquascaping.
55g (48"L x 13"W x 21"H)
2ea 65 watt CF @ 6500K (84CRI) (supposedly same as 500 watts?)
2 ea 15 watt "aquarium plant" bulbs
HOB mechanical filter w/ bio screen (for 75g)
canister filter - undecided on filter media - Peat?
wet/dry (behind background, small 1 gal in tank)
1 - Zebra Pleco
6 - Zebra Angels
6 - otocinclus
3 - blood heart tetras
1 - blue ram
5 = cory cat (not sure on these)
I'm planning on using 4" fluorite as a substrate, & as you can see from the pic, it is almost a potted environment.
AFA the second pic, will the vesiculara give a good "climbing vine" appearance for the higher roots?
Any suggestions for #3? I'd like it to hang down over the cave entrance a little to help provide some shelter for the fish that like to hide.
Here is a view from a few steps back. Black sand will be used for the lower floor areas.
The back wall/background is next & will hopefully look like a crumbling rock wall. It will protrude towards the roots to hide the heater,filters, etc. Water circulation is plumbed under/through the foam rocks (hidden).
Have I made a decent plant selection? Any of those that have really difficult upkeeps? Sufficient lighting? I am making a co2 injector/reactor out of a nalgene bottle & a small powerhead (supplied by DIY CO2 generator). I am not sure on the co2 amount that I will need however...
Am I setting myself up for a PH crash with the soft water & adding co2?
Sorry for the long post...