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Old 06-14-2019, 04:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm getting ready to build a paludarium and I'm a little stuck with what to stock with. The water feature is going to be somewhat shallow, dimensions are 5'L x 24"D x 12"H. Planting may be sparse as only the front 6-8" will have direct light. The back will open, but under a "floating island", probably just driftwood and rocks back there and maybe anubias or fern assuming any light gets through. Kuhli loaches are one of my favorites and absolutely going in. I wanted a school of Denison Barbs, but after doing some research, it may not be appropriate. The main problem being water changes and the minimal water height. Any other fun schooling fish that would do well in a shallow water tank?
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I'm getting ready to build a paludarium and I'm a little stuck with what to stock with. The water feature is going to be somewhat shallow, dimensions are 5'L x 24"D x 12"H. Planting may be sparse as only the front 6-8" will have direct light. The back will open, but under a "floating island", probably just driftwood and rocks back there and maybe anubias or fern assuming any light gets through. Kuhli loaches are one of my favorites and absolutely going in. I wanted a school of Denison Barbs, but after doing some research, it may not be appropriate. The main problem being water changes and the minimal water height. Any other fun schooling fish that would do well in a shallow water tank?
The Denison barbs are not appropriate, no. These fish can reach over four inches, are very active schoolers, and need a tank that is larger not only in lenghth, but heighth and depth.
What are your water parameters: KH/ GH and TDS? Ph is a lesser concern.
Will it have a heater?
Filter, air-stone?
How much space will be from the top of rim of tank and water line?
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12" is the height of a standard ten gallon. So any schooling fish suitable for that size tank would be fine in yours, and perhaps some slightly larger species.
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Perhaps a variety of Corydoras that tend to stay small? "Salt and Pepper" Corydoras (Corydoras habrosus) are on the small side. Max length is 1.4 inches. They are super cute and have a lot of personality. They tend to stay on the bottom, are very active, constantly rooting in the substrate with their barbels. They also coast up and down the glass from time to time and interact with each other. They definitely like being near each other. I'd keep a group of no less than 4, with 6+ being more ideal.
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In the process of building the tank so not sure what the water params will be. My tap water is very hard and I've had trouble growing most plants. I plan on using mostly RO/DI with a little tap mixed in. I was planning about 80/20 RO to tap, but I'll have to play with that and see where the happy medium is for hardness and ph. No heater as I live in the Tampa Bay area, room temp is 74-78 depending on time of year, mostly 78 as we barely get any kind of winter down here. Probably going to use a couple smaller filters as I don't want a heavy current, just enough to keep a decent flow going but not bother smaller fish species. Looking at approx 24" from the top glass to the water line.
White Clouds and Danios have always been a playful species for me. I'm also looking around at some of the micro species, Galaxy Rasbora, Emerald Rasbora.
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