Stocking ideas

MattW3344

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Hi, all I have a Fluval flex (34L) that has been set up for around a month now I originally had 5 ember tetras from my old tank however two died. I'm considering changing the stocking to another nano fish such as rasboras or another type of tetra. However, because of the style of the aquascape is another type of fish a good idea? Or should I just add a few more embers as there is only a growing monte Carlo carpet and no plants for fish to use as cover.




The current stocking is

3x ember tetra
1x nerite snail
3x Amano shrimp
 

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Good looking scape :) But as you mentioned Iwagumi is not always great when it comes to keeping fish as they get no cover. Have you considered growing some stem plants along the back of the tank? Maybe something with fine leaves like a Limnophilla or a Miriophyllum species? Miriophyllum sp.Guyana is quite low growing so you could use that in the centre behind the rocks and a taller species like Limnophilla Sessiflora in the corners?

In terms of adding a different school, any of the nano species will do well in here maybe 10 of some of the tiny species like Chilli or Sparrow Rasboras or 6-8 of a larger species like the Embers or Green Neon Tetras?

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Thanks for the idea! As for the stocking, I've also been given the idea by a friend of doing a Neocaridina species tank but I'm not sure mixing them with amanos in a small tank is the best idea.

 

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The Ember Tetras are near the bottom for good reason--they are stressed by the overhead light. This is common with most forest fish species. Floating plants solve this problem, I suppose taller plants might too, depending.
 
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Thanks for the info. That would make sense as in my old tank I had the surface covered with Salvinia and the fish were usually swimming around. I actually still have some frogbit left from another tank that I can use. I didn't want to put any in at the start of this tank as the Montecarlo I have doesn't have C02 injection so the lights were made brighter during the day than I usually set them to encourage growth.
 

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