Alder Cones - Planted Tank Mates

Alder Cones

1” | Bottom of Tank

Lowers PH | Anti-bacterial

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Alder Cone

Characteristics:

Max Size: 0.5-1″

Composition: Bottom of Tank

Uses

Reduces PH

Provides grazing area for shrimp

Tank Mates

A natural way to soften water and bring down PH.  It also creates a biofilm that shrimp love to graze on.

Notes

Similar to almond leaves and cholla wood, Alder cones provide another alternative for lowering PH and introducing beneficial tannins.  Tannins include anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but the biofilm created helps with shrimp molting.  Pre-soak to reduce the browning of water and sink these towards the bottom of the tank

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Description

1” | Bottom of Tank

Lowers PH | Anti-bacterial

2” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful


7” | Single | 20 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.2-7 | Peaceful

2.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

Content

Alder Cone

Characteristics:

Max Size: 0.5-1"

Composition: Bottom of Tank

Uses

Reduces PH

Provides grazing area for shrimp

Tank Mates

A natural way to soften water and bring down PH.  It also creates a biofilm that shrimp love to graze on.

Notes

Similar to almond leaves and cholla wood, Alder cones provide another alternative for lowering PH and introducing beneficial tannins.  Tannins include anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but the biofilm created helps with shrimp molting.  Pre-soak to reduce the browning of water and sink these towards the bottom of the tank

Corydoras panda

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Crossocheilus oblongus

Characteristics

Max Size: 7″

Care Level: Beginner

Behavior: Peaceful to Semi-Aggressive

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 61 – 75

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 8 - 16

dKH: 4 – 10

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 1

Tank Mates

Neon Tetras, Zebra Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish and Guppies, Zebra Loaches, Yoyo Loaches and Otocinclus:

Notes

When young, they are generally peaceful and their diet consist of algae, but as they get older and larger, they can become semi-aggressive towards each other and prefer a little more protein in their diet.

Microsorum pteropus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and Angelfish, Discus, Gourami, Guppies, Apistogramma

Notes

Java Fern can be plated in soil or tied to rocks and other substrate https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Paracheirodon axelrodi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 73° – 81°

PH: 6.2 – 7

dGH: 3 – 6

dKH: 2 – 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otcinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Care

Cardinal Tetras require a more experienced fish keeper.  They’re very sensitive to water changes and require softer to neutral waters.  They’re able to reach 2” in size and the red & blue markings run the full length of their body.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Learn the difference between Cardinal vs. Neon Tetras

Trichogaster Ialius

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies

Bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks.

Notes

Same species as the Dwarf Gourami but with a different color pattern.  Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 2-3 female ratio.

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