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Plantless Tank
July 10, 2009
10:51 am
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Fishwife
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Can I please pick your brains

My Classica tank is a bit of a mess and I think it's because of its dimensions 60 x 31 x 32 (roughly 2 x 1 x 1 ft) I can't seem to get any order into it as it's not like the normal 2ft tank as it's not deep enough for a normal bogwood or plant display.

I've tried a South American theme with bogwood and the odd plant and ended up throwing all the bogwood away when it developed Black Brush Algae. I've tried putting more plants in it and it looks like some folk keep their rockery (you know the ones I mean, just soil and a few big stones)

So I was thinking of moving the remaining fish which is now a pair of Dwarf Cockatoos and 6 Ember Tetras and a baby BN (I lost most of my Golden Tetras in the heat wave and gave the rest away) into another tank with mainly Harlequins and using this tank without bogwood or plants but just pebbles and stones.

I did think of putting a Fluvel U2 filter in and making a River Tank for Hillstream Loaches and WCMM's and maybe the odd Egeria densa bunch of plants. But would the size be OK for that as there's no way I could get non returnable flow in a tank that size (is there?) I did think of a fancy goldfish, but it's only big enough for one and I don't think it's fair on the fish being all alone.

Alternatively, are there any other fish I could keep in a tank this size that like to live without plants?

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July 10, 2009
12:58 pm
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Are you sure you don't want plants and bogwood?

You just need to think smaller with a tank that size and go for small bits of bogwood and stone with plants that stay small or are easy to prune. A lot of my tanks have been that size or smaller!

BBA is a sure sign of a lack of CO2.

Here's a few pics of some of my recent past small planted tanks (most are half the size of your tank, would give you some more examples of tanks your size but i'm at work so these are the only ones i've got access to!):

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If you don't want plants then how about some tanganyikan shell dwellers - perfect sized tank for them - just get some sand, some snail shells and some rocks and away you go - i set one up just before I moved and will be setting it up again in a couple of months when I'm settled in my new place. Here's a pic:

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Or what about a lobster/crayfish or crab tank, here's one I did - same size tank as yours:

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July 10, 2009
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to be honest - you don't need that many/any rock in the shell dweller set up, just shells.

July 10, 2009
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I think you could keep some of the smaller hillstreams like Gastromyzon spp. in a tank that size but I'd wait for Mark or Mick to come back with more info. Don't worry about the unidirectional flow thing; yes it's preferable but not essential provided the oxygen content of the water is high enough.

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July 10, 2009
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Nice tanks Dave, I've had Shell dwellers in the past a nice little community I had for a couple of years,

But I must admit the lobster tank seems to have some appeal, /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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July 11, 2009
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very nice shelldwellers Fish wife /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

Lobsters are cool!

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