My 5ft South American Biotope

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  1. Q89

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    So I sold all my fish I had in the tank. Scrubbed it clean, and now I have a empty aquarium.

    I always wanted to do a proper biotope, so I thought this is my opportunity to do it.

    So where to start?

    The tank is 1500x500x700 (LxBxW) with the water level at 600.
    filtration: 2x 1000l/h canisters.
    light: not sure yet? Maybe a light unit or DIY with 4 T5's.
    Heat: 2x 250w.
    Substrate: Will be using pfp capped with pool filter sand.
    Thinking of getting pressurized CO2 later on.

    Stock list will be as follow:
    10 Angelfish
    10 Panda Corydoras
    20 Lemon Tetras
    I wanted to go for 20 Cardinal Tetras, but they really expensive here.
    I still need to take some pics of the tank, will upload them ASAP

    So any advice or comments are very welcome.
     
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  3. Vis

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    I haven't seen lemon tetras in ages. Really do like them.
    What type of angels, I hope wild type or something close.
     
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    @Vis, not sure about the angels, What is closer to the wild ones?
     
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    Don't you mean 5ft?
     
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    lol i think you right!
     
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    Yip, I noticed it afterwards!
     
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    Hey ppl,

    I have been really busy, so the setup did not get real far.

    I added the substrate, some wood and two of the plants that was still left from the previous setup.

    Will take some pics if the water has cleared.
     
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    if you're not running pressurized co2, maybe only get 2 max.. thats way too much lighting for a tank without proper co2..
     
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    Oh and lemon tetra's eat fragile plants :)

    *edit* oops im thinking of red eye tetras...
     
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    I'm thinking of getting CO2 at a later stage, so I thought I'll get the 4 T5's and only run two of the four till I get the CO2.
     
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    that'll work :)
     
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    Hallo ppl,

    So I am still not sure about the lighting setup.

    As I said, I have a 5ft tank. Now I just want to know if anyone can tell me what lights I should get.

    I will be getting T5 lights, but what types? 10000K or 6500K.

    And if possible can one of the moderators or admin or whoever can change the 4ft in my title to 5ft?

    Thanx!!
     
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    well, what i have in my tank is 2x10000k tubes and 2 sylvania growlux tubes (they look pinkish)

    the red in the tube is good for red plant growth..

    i'd suggest getting 2x6500k daylights and 2 plant tubes such as growlux sylvania

    i just chose 10000k because its brighter visually.. but i know that the 65000k tubes have a better spectrum for the plants..oh and they cheaper than 10000k.

    try get Phillips of osram tubes for the 10000k or 6500k
     
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    Hey ppl,

    So I was thinking about the LS again and I came to a conclusion on what I want.

    The main attraction will be Angels, and for the other fish I was thinking about Dwarf Cichlids and Corydoras.

    Now I just need your advise, how many of each should I get, and any advise on what Dwarf Cichlids and Corydoras would best go with the Angels would be great.

    Thanx,
    Q
     
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    Dwarf Cichlids... My most favourite of all the fish on this planet!!

    Any Dwarf Cichlid will go well with Angels and Cories. To be brutally hones, it's up to you. Chose your favourite ones. But try chosing ones that will remain in the lower portion of the tank, so they don't disturb the Angels or the angels wont disturb them if breeding occurs. Dwarfs will usually lay their eggs in a cave of sorts, but Angels spawn in the open, and they get super aggro when they spawn, so make sure you have enough hiding places like caves, and such for the Dwarfs.

    I used to keep loads of Dwarf Cichlids. My favourite ones were the Apistogramma agassizi (tefe Blue), which I now believe are being reclassified. As well as Apistogramma macmasteri. I also had A. trifasciata, which were absolutely wonderful community tank fish!

    PS: Only keep 1 male of each species. They will fight otherwise.

    There really is so much choice out there.
     
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    Where's the pictures? :p
     
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    As far as the Corydoras go, you'll want to keep them in schools. I really think, per species, you should have a bare minimum of 4 per school for them to be really happy. While fish from different species will still school, they'll be most comfortable within groups of their own kind. Besides that, it'll increase the chances of them breeding in your tank.

    For something really interesting though, get schools of several species to occupy your tank - they'll roam your tank bottom en masse :)
     
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    As @SalmonAfrica says, I have several filocks (Albino, Bronze, Schwartzii, Pandas and Peppered) - ranging from 4 to 8 per school in my 1000L. They are always on the hunt and look amazing together (they tend to stick to their "brotherhood" - especially the albinos for some reason).
     
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