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starting a 70 Litre tropical freshwater tank.

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:02 am
by evan47
hi, i will soon be setting up a 70 litre heated freshwater tank(60cm). and am looking for suggestions for gradual stocking after the cycling process is carried out.
i would ideally like a pair of centerpiece species (close to the maximum allowable size),
plus two small groups (about 4 in each) of a smaller but still visually interesting species.
a pair of shrimps and some live plants would be a nice idea too.
can someone recommend suitable species please?
this will be my first tank.

Re: starting a 70 Litre tropical freshwater tank.

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 1:53 pm
by Anita
Hi :bye:
Your tank is holds just under 18.5 gallons empty.
Would you like fish that live on the bottom and a group of mid-swimmers?
That would give interest throughout the tank.

Re: starting a 70 Litre tropical freshwater tank.

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 2:04 pm
by Anita
Tetras are nice mid swimmers, have a look through our fish profiles.
Corydoras are great for the bottom.
A couple of Ottocinclus when the tank matures are busy little algae eaters. Shrimps are good.
Centerpiece fish could be Honey Gourami for example.
Do plenty of research and don't rush, it pays off :-):
Theres plenty of choice when it comes to plants - all depends on what lighting and ferts. Have a look through the plant profiles.

Re: starting a 70 Litre tropical freshwater tank.

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 4:01 pm
by evan47
hi, thanks for the reply.
i am in no real rush to fill the tank with fish (i havent even made space for it yet).
after set up and cycling for a week and a half or maybe two weeks i would start to add fish.
i was wondering if a group of say, 8 guppies (all male). plus later on, when the tank has matured to add another 2 groups of 4-6 smaller fish to add variety.
it would be nice to have all levels occupied but not too crowded.
a small amount of shrimps seem like a good idea.

Re: starting a 70 Litre tropical freshwater tank.

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 5:54 pm
by malakye
If you go to the beginners section there is a post about cycling a tank, it takes closer to 6 weeks to do a fishless cycle. I would cut the number of guppies down to about 5-6 if you want to add other groups of shoaling fish.
Shrimp need an established tank but add next to nothing to the bio load of it so you can have a dozen smaller shrimp with no problems.

Re: starting a 70 Litre tropical freshwater tank.

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 7:38 pm
by Graeme
An interesting thread for me as I'm about to set up a new tank too.

To add to Anita's post, you might like a couple of Cories or Bristlenose Plecs to add something to the bottom level.

Be sure to post up some photos when you get going, we like photos!

Regards

Graeme

Re: starting a 70 Litre tropical freshwater tank.

PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 8:39 pm
by evan47
ok, i got a 90 litre 60cm tank.
i will probably add substrate, plants and some rock and bog wood this weekend.
what would be suitable plants for fresh water, tropical?
i have no intention to add fish too early and then only gradually.
looking ahead, dwarf or honey gourami would make nice centerpiece fish.

Re: starting a 70 Litre tropical freshwater tank.

PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 6:08 pm
by Graeme
Have a look in the Freshwater/Planted Tanks section, there's a couple of very good articles on setting up a planted aquarium.

Then have a look in the Fishkeeping/Profiles/Plants section and you can read up on what you might like.

Then be sure to post up some pictures!

Re: starting a 70 Litre tropical freshwater tank.

PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 4:05 pm
by malakye
easy beginner plants are things like vallis, amazon swords or java fern.
A pair of dwarf gourami would make a nice center piece fish