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New Apistograma set up advise please

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by csmcmullen1, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. csmcmullen1

    csmcmullen1 New Member

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    Hello. I am setting up my 50-55 gallon flatback hex Ocianic tank. I have drilled it and made a 20g long into a sump.
    I want to create a Apistograma biotope tank. I am thinking of 3 A. Cacatodis (1 Male and at least 2 female). 15-20 neon or cardinal tetras. 5-6 hatchet fish. 5-6 cory cats. And maybe a pleco.
    My question is what plants and substrate to use. I have some sifted dirt I plan to use but what to cap with. I have heard sand can stop gas exchange in the substrate.
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    Saulo New Member

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    I have used regular rock gravel 2mm to cover the dirt. As I am adding some catappa leaves on top it looks very nice.
    As for plants I like rotalas of all sorts. So you should be good on that.
    on another tank of mine, I see that the Apistos really like the Anubia and the root system getting into the soil adds a very protective area for the fries. So I would recommend that as well.