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[APD] repost: southeast asian biotype
I'm still putting together the pieces for the 29 gallon tank I mentioned before, here's a summery of my plan
Livestock: 3 glass cats, 11 harlequin rasboras, 2 yoyo loaches, 5 siamensis algae eaters, and about 20 Neocaridina denticulata (red cherry shrimp).
Filtration: Eheim 2213 canister
Light: 2 x 55 watt 6700K cf
Substrate: 3" deep Fluorite Red with thin underlayer of Flora Base/peat/mulm
Planed water chemistry:
KH: 3-4 dKH
Other: DIY yeast CO2 generator with a DIY external reactor on the canister's intake. Flourish comprehensive plant supplement, and possibly Tetra Blackwater extract to soften/acidify and darken the water (I'm still unsure of what other supplements I'll need for optimum plant growth)
OK, so you noticed there are no plants in that summery right? Well that's because I realized recently that the anubius, bacopa, microsword, and other plants I had originally been attracted to were all from different parts of the world. On the other hand, I also realized that all the fish I had chosen were from southeast Asia (with the exception of the yoyos, which are quite similar to the endemic zebra loach, and from not far off my "map"). This led me to the idea of doing a sort of Southeast Asian biotype. Anyhow, this is the plant selection I'm now contemplating starting with: Barclaya longifolia and/or Aponogenton crispus as back ground, Hygrophila polysperma and maybe some Rotala indica for more height and some bushiness, Microsorium pteropus "wendelov" and Java moss all over the rock and driftwood, various Cryps for everywhere, and Blyxa japonica and Marsilea crenata as my foreground. That seems like it will fill up a 29 gal pretty well, don't you think?
So you can see I'm at least trying for a S.E. Asian biotype, albeit a loosely defined one. This is my first true planted aquarium, and when I do something, I always try to do it "all the way". So, any thoughts on plant selection and/or fish stock?
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