Tank Redo

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    Hi everyone!

    So I've decided to redo my 120l tank. I've been saving up for it this last few months and I'm now about ready to start..

    I'll be getting a new light for this tank as my current light is way too small. I think it's only 5 or 10W.

    I want to do more plants,been thinking vallis, crypts, Amazon swords etc, but I want to keep it low tech and simple.

    Any suggestions of nice plants to get would be great, and also stocking ideas? I do currently have some fish in there that I'm keeping (3black neons, 4head and tail light tetras, 2guppies, 2SAE , 1 oto, 2 albino cories and 1banjo catfish) I was thinking of adding some rams.

    Also I have a 30l tank that now has no fish, just some snails. Any suggestions as to what I could use it for (other than a sump)?
    @David Kusner is it too small for a little puffer?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Puffers fish becomes massive!!

    Go for anything low tech, Ludwigia repens, water wisteria as you said vallies, cripts, amazon's, anubias, java fern, java moss BUT GO DO YOUR RESEARCH AND FIND WHAT EACH PLANT NEEDS MOST

    See photos for list of easy plants

    EDIT: these plants arent necessarily low light plants, they just easy plants

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    You could do a dwarf puffer tank for the 30L with khuli loaches.
     
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    Oh that’s exciting! Yes vallis (gives height quickly and spreads), swords, crypts, java fern. All nice looking easy low tech plants. Ludwigia repens is a very easy and rewarding stem plant to add. One can make a beautiful scape just with them and pool filter sand (very affordable, you can get it at a pool maintenance store, rinse it thoroughly in running water).

    Ito stocking perhaps first build up your school sizes ie 2 more ottos, a couple more black neons and head&tails and then add other things.

    I've shared this one before in another thread - I think it looks beautiful, simple, and easy.
     
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    @TetraJacques I have learned the hard way what happens when you just buy plants without researching them, research in anything aquarium related is definitely key! They lists you have there,is that from an app? If so what app is it? Looks very helpful!

    @Kiaan26 I have read that many puffer prefer briney or saltwater, so would that not be an issue with lulu loaches?
     
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    Dwarf puffers are full freshwater and the loaches keep to the bottom and hide alot. So the puffers don't bother them.
     
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    @A new day that does look nice! I do like the idea of having it planted somewhat dense on the sides and or back, and then open in the front for the fish to swim around!
     
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    Cool yes as long as it’s freshwater puffers and not brackish water. And as long as your filter is khuli loach safe, I’ve lost some of mine in the filter in the first 3 days :(
     
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    I mainly use sponge filters so they're safe for the loaches. And I keep them with me dwarf puffer and they help eat any left over blood worms. The only other filter I used is an internal filter for my humpback puffer.
     
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    A dwarf puffer & khuli loach tank sounds like a great idea to me. I’ve never kept puffers but like them, and I love my khuli loach!
     
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    @Kiaan26 sounds good! I'll do some homework on them tomorrow. Are these puffers quite difficult to keep in terms of water parameter sensitivity and just general care?

    @A new day sorry to hear! I do recall you mentioned that in one of your other posts.. I'll definitely make sure it's khuli safe if I go for them! I've also been keeping up with that other thread you started about the scale inspiration,that's been very helpful!

    Just another question, does anyone know of good stores around gauteng for plants? Betterweather and mcmerwe seem to be out of stock on many of their plants last time I checked
     
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    I find that once a puffer gets settled in to your tanks parameters they're pretty hardy. Also I do between 25% to 50% water changes on all my tanks and they all have live plants.

    The hardest thing with puffers for me was getting them to reliable eat frozen foods.
     
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    App is called Aqua quide on playstore
     
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    @Kiaan26 Do you feed them anything other than frozen foods?
     
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    Just downloaded it! It's quite a nice app!
     
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    My dwarf puffers loved live mosquito larvae. But one ate small snails only and the other one only ate bloodworms.
    My humpback puffer was used to eating live fish so I've been training him to eat frozen fish and mussel.
     
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    You can get the app called aquarium as well. Also very helpful
     
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    For some scaping inspiration you can get aquascape design
     
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    @Kiaan26 so it seems it just depends on their preferences.. Good to know!

    @TetraJacques I'll go have a look at those too!
     
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    I suggest that if you have to option to view them in person before you get them ask to see them get feed and get the ones that are eagerly eating.
     
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