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Setting up new tank
I am thinking about setting up a new tank and going for a more
unified look than my current mishmash of fish and plants. In
particular, I'm thinking that I'll have a large driftwood piece
with lots of bolbitis, and anubias nana covering the substrate.
1. Is there any reason to use anything but plain sand with these
plants? Obviously the bolbitis is not going to care, but would
anubias do better (or worse?) with some laterite/flourite/
2. Due to neatness constraints, I think I'll probably use an
Eclipse hood, so the lighting is going to be on the low side.
That is in part why I am planning to use anubias. Any other
good low-growing "ground covers" for a low light tank?
3. I'm not planning to supplement CO2, again because the lower
light levels will probably be the limiting factor for the
4. Should I deliberately harden my soft (GH 1-2, KH 1-2, pH
6.8-7.0) water for these plants? Add a little crushed coral?
5. The feature fish will be a school of cherry barbs. Any
suggestions for a good compliment to these?