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Looking for ideas for a 15 gallon aquarium
May 6, 2014
10:56 pm
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pete2878
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Hi there,

 

I'm a returning aquarist (after a break of about 19 years), who has recently bought a tank for my wife and kinda getting bitten by the bug a little bit again.

 

Now, before I convince the good lady to let me go nuts with more tanks, I've got the unenviable task of trying to create a tank she really falls in love with in a restricted place.

 

The dimensions of the tank are about 600mm, by 350mm, by 400mm holding 65litres, heated and internal filter.

 

Currently I've started the fishless cycling programme, so I've obviously got a little bit of time to shop around before buying anything.

 

The basis of the tank is it will be planted - probably not lavishly so as its a fairly bog standard light that comes with it.  Fine black substrate, currently steeping a little bit of bogwood and a couple of rocky caves.

 

Water chemistry seems to be moderate hard, with an "out of the tap" pH circa 7.5.

 

Wondering if you folk could gently point me in the directions of some species to try and source, when the time comes.

 

Thanks for any help.

 

Pete

June 18, 2014
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In a tank of that size you will have "limited" options.  What they are depends on what kind of filtration you are using if any, lighting, heating, substrate(Sand/gravel/crushed coral) and so on.

 

If it's one of those nanos with a built in wet dry you could consider saltwater even.

 

For ease of maintenance, affordability and sheer enjoyment -- I'd personally go with some African Rift shell dwellers like Neolamprologus Multifasciatus or even Similis.  They are active, interesting and form a colony of their young that help raise others.  If you want to get a little more exotic you could go with some of those Sumbu Dwarf Comps. too.  My wife is a fan of them since they are so active and raising your pH to a level they are comfortable at should really not be a problem. Shells for them to live in are cheap too.

 

You've also got some dwarf cichlids from South America like German or Bolivian Rams that could work in pairs with a tank that small.  Lowering your pH through use of drift wood for those guys to be comfortable is pretty easy as well.

 

Whatever you end up doing (EDIT: It randomly deleted a whole sentence of mine here...weird) make you sure you do the proper research on the requirements for the fish BEFORE you purchase and of course -- best of luck. Wink

 

June 18, 2014
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Take her to a good shop and see what catches. I did this with my wife and she chose Axelrodia riesei and fancy guppies. :)

Of course I was left with the tank a few months later when the novelty wore off.

June 25, 2014
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Depending on your location it may or may not seem exotic but you could try a pygmy sunfish, they are not super active, and most places refer to them as an expert level fish, which they are not as I have discovered. It only says that on many things because they are micro predators that will not accept anything but live foods. Buy a small mix of males and females and if heavily planted they will spawn with an excellent fry survival rate in my opinion.

 

Alternatively there is always bororas maculatus.

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