RE: [UniQuaria] Help setting up 55 gal Amazon tank
Sand would be more correct for an amazon setup than gravel, provided the
filter inlets aren't too close to it. You can still use the flourite with
it. Silver Sand is ideal and you can even use playpit sand.
You would be better off keeping angels in a group & five would be ideal.
Gouramis are asian, not south american, so if you want to be biotypically
correct leave them out. Larger characins would be better such as emporer
tetras or rummy nosed.
Corydoras are best kept in groups so get five or six of the same species for
really nice shoaling activity.
Try and keep to a small plec such as a bristlenose as they don't grow too
If you want a nice planted tank then don't use an undergravel filter, the
plants don't like the water movement around their roots, besides it won't
work with sand.
>From: Paula Lysinger <goldhillcollies@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [UniQuaria] Help setting up 55 gal Amazon tank
>Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2005 08:44:34 -0800 (PST)
>Hi everyone - I'm new to the group and haven't posted yet (but have
>already got a lot of good info!) and I'd like to ask your opinion/help on
>setting up a new 55 gal Amazon tank. I bought the tank as a package deal
>and the components are all the PetSmart brand, 'Topfin'. I have no idea as
>to the quality of the filter or heater but the salesperson told me they
>were comparable to brand name items. Will these be OK or should I think
>I want a planted tank...am thinking of using fluorite with a little gravel
>as a substrate. As for plants, I'm open to suggestions but definitely want
>to try and stay with plants that share the same requirements as the fish
>such as lighting, pH, water softness, etc. I want angel fish - can I have
>just a pair or would 5 be better? Would 5 be too many for a community tank?
>I'd also like some dwarf gouramis, large schooling tetras, corys (is more
>than 1 better?) and a plecostamus.
>Is a UGF neccessary or if not, would it make enough difference to consider
>using one? How about using peat in the substrate? What is the recommended
>lighting for this type of set up? DH would like a frog or turtle in there -
>is that out of the question?
>Sorry for all the questions but I'm still unclear on a number of things
>(obviously!) and I want to take my time and set up this community
>correctly. Any and all answers/suggestions are appreciated!
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