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03-10-2014, 02:31 PM #1Banned Guppy
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Stocking strategy for a shallow aquarium
So I picked up an aquarium that is 36" L, 18" H, 21.5" D. At the time I picked it up at the guy's place I figured since I drove all the way there I should buy and instead of walking away. Now that I have some time thinking I do think a taller but less deep set up might be better. $ spent and water is cycling so I think I am going to stick with it. With that said what is a good stocking strategy. Since it is shallow may be I should stock fish that like to stay up top and also bottom dweller but skip the middle swimmers? Or at least go with two levels instead of three? In my 25 G I have a female betta, 2 patties, 4 corys and 5 cardinal tetras. With this bigger tank I am thinking some Plecos (excuse my spelling I am new to the game), some angel fish (wife likes them), big belly Mollys, and something else. I have a 200W heater and a Aqauclear 110.
Oh also deciding between sand or small white gravel. With sand it's harder to clean cuz the syphon will suck up sand when cleaning. It does look cool with the white same. May be small light color gravel is best? I have some rock decors and will buy some live plants.
03-10-2014, 02:38 PM #2
That's a nice size tank, 60g. With the exception of angelfish, or other tall fish, the footprint is more important than the height. You could stock with most any sort of tetra and a good size group of suitable loaches or cory for the bottom.
My personal preference is sand. If you get a larger grain it won't get sucked up the siphon, at least not to badly. If you choose gravel, get a type that is smooth and natural in color.
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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03-11-2014, 09:21 AM #3