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So!!! I’m planning on starting a pea pufferfish tank. I’ve heard good but cautious things from people whove had pea puffer communities before, and cautious nos from those who havent. 

Stocking plan:

1 male pea puffer, as many females as possible

8-10 kuhli loaches - EDIT: LIKELY GONNA CHANGE TO STIPHODON GOBIES!! They don’t need as many buddies to be confident, are faster, and with the tank position, will help me keep the glass clean  EDIT EDIT: NEVERMIND THEY LIKE WATER JUST A LITTLE TOO COOL. However, Micro Dragon Gobies seem to be a great fit! They’re carnivores, so perfect for cleaning up after puffers, and what the ember tetras dont eat, they can sift into the sand! 

10-12 Fast Schoolers - probably tetras, may go with embers, since i have experience with them? EDIT: DEFINITELY GOING WITH EMBERS

As many snails thatll grow in the tank before I get the puffers as possible. 

I have a bin (seen below) in case things go sideways, and the tank above it is where itll be situated. The window is facing north, but i thought it was south before I checked with my parents. (ignore the mess i just rearranged my furniture)47AE7ED5-68D6-4177-BE54-DBE446E6572B.jpeg.0482ea02c6b7051ae32c994a7b0df81e.jpeg

The plan for lighting is No artificial lighting, since I’ll get plenty from the sun. 

Substrate and decor plan:

Dirt capped with black sand

Moss wall consisting of asian liverwort (monosolenium tenerum) that will also hopefully grow over the pvc.

Tall, bushy/fluffy background plants that can further filter light all along the walls except for the viewing panes, the two facing the picture, probably gonna do cabomba, hornwort, and similar plants. May toss in some Red Boys too for fun. Love me some dwarf aqaurium lily....

midground plants in front of those dudes, things that are more leafy, probably, might put some of those mini monstera i got in there, maybe crypt, probably good ol hardy java fern varieties

in front of those, a nice carpet of dwarf sag for babies and kuhli loaches and snails to hide in, and some differing foreground lads here and there like anubias  

hardscape is gonna consist of driftwood- ill probably snag spider and bogwood to emulate tree roots and stuff, and may grow some pothos and mini monstera on them so it looks like trees! i want stuff that can break up a loooot of line of sight

On that note, ill also probably get a good amount of frogbit too.

that pvc in the back is gonna be a cave of fast flowing water via water pump for the kuhli loaches. I’m think I’m gonna drill more holes in it to help disperse the flow some more, so its not super fast coming out of the elbow- but what do yall think?

Filtration plan: 

Swisstropical’s betterboxfilter

Lava rock for biological filtration

polyfill i already have for mechanical filtration

 

Feedback:

So! Thoughts, concerns, insight? What do yall think!

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