- 28 Oct 2021
It's a bit of a trek from London, but maidenhead aquatics in Basingstoke has loads of Asian Stone Catfish in
That sort of thing should be fine. Both the <"Khuli Loaches"> (Pangio spp.) and Corydoras spp. are best in bigger group. Personally I wouldn't keep Pangio spp. in hard water, I know you can, but I'm sure they are happier in softer water. Both bottom dwelling fish would need a sand substrate.One suitable corydora, eg the elegans or a panda
. 6 celestial pearl Danish
. Some snails and shrimp
My suggestion as well.I'd personally probably go for 6 panda cories and 12 celestial danio's (although endlers might work well as well as they are bolder and out in the open more) and see how things go. The snails and shrimp add very little to the bioload and will self regulate to an extent.
They seem to do ok. My oldest fish are Khuli loaches, been kept in London tap, soft water and seemed to do well in both. Be warned you won’t see them much unless you have ten or more.Personally I wouldn't keep Pangio spp. in hard water, I know you can,
Might be a bit on the small side as they can be territorial, they do well in hard water though.Thanks guys - would hill stream loaches work - someone on a different forum with a 40L tank said they have them and they are doing really well!
I think it might depend a little bit on which species of Pangio you get. I remember that Luis (@ghostsword)bred them in London tap water, before he moved back to South Africa <"The missing kuhli loaches were on the java fern hotel">.My oldest fish are Khuli loaches, been kept in London tap, soft water and seemed to do well in both
I wouldn't start with them, they need cool, highly oxygenated water, with some flow. Have a look at <"Life in the fast lane">, <"Fast flow and loaches and suitable plants"> & <"Hillstream loach experience">Thanks guys - would hill stream loaches work
We have a few threads on these. <"Oase BioMaster Thermo External Filter">. We also have threads on filter media that might be of interest, like <"Best Filter Media">.Picking between the Oase BioPlus Filter with Heater
When choosing plants, do I need to worry about co2? Will I have to do co2 injections?
No, a lot of us don't use CO2. If you choose plants from the <"Tropica Easy Range"> they should be fine without CO2. I like a floating plant (and particularly Amazon Frogbit (<"Limnobium laevigatum">)), partially because they have access to atmospheric CO2.I am lo tech, no CO2, and it does limit the plants you can have. Lots to choose from, anubias, many Buce, hydroctyle, etc.
Ah okay got you!
I thought snails and shrimp were good for helping clean the tank and eating algae?
They typically live in fast moving, highly oxygenated streams with few plants. Not really in line With what you’re planning.would hill stream loaches work
Only if you feel happier doing some water testing. We have members who like to perform water tests (I'll add in @jaypeecee ) and we have members who don't. <"What about Test Kits ?"> .Forgot to get a test kit - do I just need to get the test stips?