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    Ok, well many of you know that i have been trying for a planted tank for atleast some time now. [atleast a year] along with that i never really ahd the right stuff for the plants to grow. Today was the day i broke and i went to buy everything. So, i got Eco-complete planted substrate along with some flourish and root tabs. I figured this was the perfect timing wit hthe mis-hap of ruining the water quality. So i re-located my fish to My grandparents jsut for a while until the plants arrive and get to take root soo my fish are unable to dig them up. Anyway i will be asking plenty of question and i would love to hear suggestions about plant placement because, The tanks I see on here are very amazing.

    This is what my tank looked like:

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    Stocking: I really want a schooling tank of a whole bunch of different colored fish and big schools. Anyone wnat to help me out. I mean like tetras and stuff. PS there will be a Pearl Gourami and an Angelfish. Oh it is a 55.

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    Harlequin rasboras compliment plants pretty nicely, I think. Placement would probably depend on what kind of plants you're looking at.

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    What body shape do you prefer for tetras? They come in so many varieties! There's the torpedo-shaped ones, like the bloodfin or rummynose. There's thicker-bodied ones like serpae, lemon, black phantom. I'm sure if you just pick a color you like you can find a tetra to match

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    Reds, yellows, and oranges will really stand out against plants since they are warm colors. Reds will stand out the most. Blue fish also stand out well because blue is a rarer color to find in fish. What fish are you going to keep from your old stock? That would help us narrow some species down for you.

    Do you have any plants in mind yet?
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    Basically it is anyplant that will thrive in 2wpg and eco complete substrate with flourish every 4 days. Now i ahve a pearl gourami and an angelfish with a an organge circle on its head along with a white body. I dont really care what shape the tetras are in. Rummynose are hard to find here but would love to have them.

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    Rummynose are a great fish . Even in a big group they school together 60-70% of the time. Most of your other schooling fish will only be in tight groups about 40-50% of the time. If you can get some, I would recommend it but if they're hard to find than it may not work out.

    I'm not sure if you want to add to any of your bigger fish, but I would personally do two more pearls in a 55. Just make sure you either have all females or a male and 2 females. I would be iffy about adding more angels just because of aggression issues or in if they breed they may become territorial.

    School wise I would look to some of these fish:cherry barb, harlequin rasbora, dwarf neon rainbowfish, silver/common hatchetfish, platies, green fire tetra, emperor tetra, diamond tetra, penguin tetra

    Bottom dwellers: Sterbai cory, burmese border loach, peppered cory, trilineatus cory, agassizi cory, adolfo cory

    Disclaimer: some of these fish have different ph needs, so a little research may be needed to see if they fit your tank of course:)

    Plant wise, I would definitely add a grass plant. Corkscrew vals, jungle vals, giant hairgrass,crypt spiralis, crypt retrospiralis something along those lines. The vals and crypts would probably do better under the lighting you have. These plants can get big, but you can either let the excess leaf float on the surface and provide cover or trim them so they only reach the top. Trimming the leaves doesn't do much damage to the plant. Java fern would also be nice. Tiger lotus is a nice red plant that can grow in lower lights, just make sure to trim any leaves that reach the surface, otherwise it will stop producing leaves that stay underwater. Anacharis, brazilian penywort, giant hygro, water sprite, guppy grass, and hornwort, are all great stem plants for lower light. Crypt lucens, crypt wenditti, almost all anubius, most aponogeton, and banana plant are some nice larger leafed plants that would do well with your lighting as well.

    Sorry to give you such a read lol. What type of flourish did you get? Some plants do not like Flourish Excel.
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    I think if you have a lush green background, a couple large schools of long-finned serpaes and black phantoms would look absolutely spectacular.





    But it is your choice... lol you may be helping me build my next tank!

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    I might think about hatchet fish, and the congo tetras. What i am worried about is that this tank will also house 1 angelfish. It is a shortfinned one. (doesnt have long flowing fins.) my Pearl gourami and a m and F betta. Can we base of of that.

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    The fish I listed were picked because they are not know for nipping fins since i knew that would be an issue with the angelfish. The list also includes species that will be too big for the angel to eat.
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