okay im planning this out but wanna bounce some ideas w people
tank size: 55 gallon
Filtration: 1 penguin 350, 1 10 gallon sump w diy overflow
substrate: 3/4 sand 1/4 fine pebbles
Plants: 2 large annubis, java moss and java fern attached to center piece driftwood, and some lillies for floating plants
6 angel fish
2 bolivian rams
8 black widow tetras
1 catfish (any ideas??)
Decor: im planning on making rock caves around 3 and then some other decor
what do you think
is there another species of fish that i could add and are the black widows from south america? is there another tetra i could substitute to make it more biotope like?
I love hatchets. They look great in SA/CA tanks. I wouldn't add any other fish beyond this though as 6 angels may or may not work. I've seen it work most of the time, but sometimes you will get a very dominant angel that will just go bezerk.
I love S. American tanks, but because the region is so massive the number of true biotopes is also huge. It can be as general as 'South American' to as specific as a particular river or basin.
I wouldn't go with six angels, try and get a pair.
Also, the black widow tetras aren't the most colorful. Personally, I like red-eye or cardinal tetras, but a shoal of black neons or bleeding hearts is worth a look. I think the key though is the size of the shoal; I wouldn't want less than 15. I once had 30 cardinals and they looked great.
Rams can be a little difficult, but I never had any problems (lucky I guess). You should also go with some corydoras for the bottom of the tank; make sure you get at least six. An ancistrus will keep the tank free of algae. A sand substrate is preferable for the corys.
Don't get black widow tetras aka black skirts. They are nasty and aggressive and fin nippers in my experience. And not really that attractive. Better options IMHO are rummynose (my favorite), pristellas, and black phantoms (very attractive and engaging and females have red.)
A group of cories is a must! And you won't regret getting an albino long-finned bristlenose pleco. They could not be more beautiful!
You don't talk about your lighting or if you plan to use C02, but angels look fabulous with swords and vals to swim among . . . I also recommend Eco-complete as a substrate if you're going with plants.