I have rainbows with my angelfish and am going to rehome the rainbows to my sons tank. And I only have 4 in a 55 gallon with my angel.
Rainbows are very fast, very active fish and angels are laid back and slow moving. Infact, all the fish you have selected are fast movers......rainbows, roseline sharks, congo tetras. I would leave the angels out of this mix simply due to all this fast activity around them.
Remember, too, that 90 gallons is the same footprint as a 75. Lengthwise, it doesn't take long for a fish to go from one end to the other in a 48" length tank. Especially those fast movers.
With this being an office tank, I would go the easy route myself. Since this tank is at your work and your time is limited for playing around with plants and all the trimming, taking care of algae, etc, I would toss in lots of branchy wood, some rocks and make this a fancy goldfish tank or fill it with tetra's.
And make sure this tank is set up near a water source. The last thing you need at work is hauling buckets of water. You must have a good boss. Most would not like getting stuck with the electricity bill for an employee to have a large fish tank.
Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 07-01-2012 at 01:36 PM.
Thanks for the tip Fishies' Mom. Some how, I managed to get the black background up and kitty and dog hair free. Not sure how that happened but one has to get lucky sometime :o) Of course, I don't have my led lights or water in the tank yet - who knows what might show up once she's all lit up. Fingers crossed because once I get this tank in it's final resting place, there will be no moving it.
Originally Posted by Fishies' Mom
me too! thanks for bumping me.
Originally Posted by ScottishFish
Well, change of plans. I was planning to start fishless cycling this week but have made the tough decision to postpone until early August.
So many have suggested that I attempt some live plants that I think I might do it on a limited basis ... so, even though I'm postponing the cycle for a month, could I still fill my tank now, get the filters going and start my plants growing? Or in absence of fish to provide fertilizer, would it be pointless?
Either way, couple of questions about plants.
again, I need low maintenance. low light. no co2
Recap: 90 gal FW. UGF with twin power heads + 1200 Cascade canister. aquarium stone substrate. 1- 3 ft LED lighting strip.
I know my live plant choices are minimal. Thanks to someone's suggestion, I'm thinking of a plant wall - using walmart craft mesh - moss, fern and Anubis. So I think I'm set and know what I want to do there.
Also, I have a beautiful big piece of driftwood with many long arms. I was wondering about tying plants to some of the arms but do no know what would be the best choices. Could someone give me some suggestions?
I may try setting a few potted plants into the substrate and would also appreciate some suggestions.
Also would like suggestions for floating plants.
Oh - here is a list I found that would be suitable plants for beginners but I don't know which ones would go where -
Ceratopteris thalictroides (Water Sprite)
Hygrophilla angustifolia (Willow Leaf Hygrophilla)
Hygrophilla difformis (Water Wisteria)
Hygrophilla polysperma (Small Leafed Hygrophilla)
Vesicularia dubyana (Java Moss)
Other sturdy plant species:
Anubias barteri (Anubias)
Echinodorus Bleheri (Common Sword plant)
Limnophila sp. (Ambulia)
Microsorum pteropus (Java Fern)
Valisneria spiralis (Valisneria)
Depending on what kind of fish you have will be the difference in what plants you get.....or none at all. You mentioned severums but some will uproot plants so if you wanted those, then I would suggest plants attached to driftwood like the java fern or anubias.
The Hygrophilla angustifolia you mentioned is one fast growing bad boy. That plant just goes nuts and is a great plant (IMO). It actuallys grows to the waters surface and draps over like an umbrella and almost makes up for not having floating plants. It spreads and gives you lots of plants and does not need bright lights or CO2 to go bananas.
You could have some swords on one end of the tank, that hygro on the other end and the anubias or java fern attached to the driftwood. Another that will do OK for you would be Crypts. I started with 3 and now must have dozens. That looks cool planted around the driftwood.
You can certainly have angels if you want angels. I just would not have them with rainbowfish again in a 48" tank. You can definately have a mated pair of angelfish but only a mated pair will get along. Of course you will also have spawns if you have mates. You can have one if you don't want the spawning going on.
Yes, I LOVE my blood parrots! They love a family unit and are fine with larger tetra's. Many fish I have not had but of all those I have had, they are my absolute favorites. (And they can not spawn and have babies!!) Spawn yes, but no babies! yeaaaaaaaa
You can plant your tank whenever you want to.
thanks again for the great advice on both the plants and fish.
I'm going to take a closer look at the Blood Parrots. They seem very appealing and personable. And I had a thought. Maybe I could move my colombian tetras out of my 30 gal to the 90 with the rainbows and roselines (instead of getting the congos) ,then add a single angel to the 30 as my showpiece fish. If I get it as a baby, it won't bother my neons for a while and perhaps if it grows up with them established in the tank, it won't eat them :o)
Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
It's been a while since I posted - have stalled out a bit due to business trips and vacation. But I've made some progress.
Added a few more photos of hubby helping me wash gravel - in 98 degree heat no less. Also a new photo of the tank with driftwood, rocks and a very few artificial plants. Plan to get real plants later but for now, must stick with silk.
Stocking list has changed only slightly. Still going with congo tetras, roseline sharks and rainbows but instead of angels I'm going with blood parrots. Hate to wish my summer away but I'm eager for the end of August when I can finally start my fishless cycle.
Until later ...
Last edited by fishmommie; 07-22-2012 at 09:58 PM.
Can't believe it! Finally filling tank!
I can't believe after looking at the empty 90 gallon tank for almost 2 months now, I am filling it with water today.
I have my filters all hooked up.
My substrata has been washed and ready for a long time.
I've bleached and dried all of my beautiful rocks I've gathered from the lake.
I've added a few silk plants - for starters, will go for real later.
But the best part is, it's filling! I'm actually on my way. Will start the fishless cycle yet today provided all my filters are up and running when I'm done.
Yea! It's a good day.