Cholla Wood - Planted Tank Mates

Cholla Wood

12” | Bottom of Tank

Lowers PH | Anti-bacterial

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pronounced “cho-yah” wood

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4-12″

Composition: Bottom of Tank

Uses

Reduces PH

Provides grazing area for shrimp

Tank Mates

Shrimps love grazing on this!  It’s also a natural way to soften water and bring down PH.

Notes

Cholla wood is actually a dried out cactus that’s perforated and hollow.  It can release tannins and turn the water murky yellow, but the tannins are filled with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which are good for shrimp.  Shrimp also love grazing and hiding it it, so it’s a winning additive for your tank.  Pre-soak it for a few days so it’ll sink to the bottom of your aquarium.

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Description

12” | Bottom of Tank

Lowers PH | Anti-bacterial

2.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1" | 1 or 6+ | 5 gal

PH 7.2-7.5 |  Aggressive

1.2"| Peaceful

PH 6.5-8 | GH 7-15

1.5" | TDS 120-160

PH 6.2-6.9 | KH 0-2

20” | Background| Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

Content

pronounced "cho-yah" wood

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4-12"

Composition: Bottom of Tank

Uses

Reduces PH

Provides grazing area for shrimp

Tank Mates

Shrimps love grazing on this!  It's also a natural way to soften water and bring down PH.

Notes

Cholla wood is actually a dried out cactus that's perforated and hollow.  It can release tannins and turn the water murky yellow, but the tannins are filled with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which are good for shrimp.  Shrimp also love grazing and hiding it it, so it's a winning additive for your tank.  Pre-soak it for a few days so it'll sink to the bottom of your aquarium.

Trichogaster colisa

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

Red Honey Gouramis are a color variation of the Honey Gourami. They can still have a yellow body with more Red hues which translates to their fins and tail.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.

Carinotetraodon travancoricus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Carnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 74 – 82

PH: 7.2 - 7.5

dGH: 3 - 15

dKH: 3 - 10

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: 1 or 6+

Tank Mates

Species Only tank recommended.

It's possible to keep with other fish and snails, but the setup has to be just right and you have to be lucky with a less aggressive puffer.

Notes

Aggressive and territorial.  Provides lots of ground cover and space when having multiple puffers in one tank. Try to have 1 male for every 2-3 females to avoid fighting. The larger the tank the better, especially a wide tank with dense planting and lots space to shelter.  Provide a minimum of 5 gallons for 1 puffer, add 3 more gallons for each additional puffer.

Neritina variegated

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 78

PH: 6.5 - 8

dGH: 7-15

dKH: 2 - 12

Tank Size: 2 per 10 gal

Tank Mates

Neocaridina and Cardina Shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Corydoras, Otocinclus and most small nano fish.  Loaches and mollies may nip at snails.  Pufferfish will eat them if they're small enough.

Notes

Snails are detritivores.  They feed on dead organic material, especially plant detritus in an aquarium.  This helps to clean up and break down organics in the tank, such as dying plant leaves, algae, left over fish food and even deceased animals.

Their shells require minerals and nutrients like calcium so a more neutral to alkaline water parameter is preferred.

Caridina Cantonensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 - 74

PH: 6.2 - 6.9

dGH: 4 - 6

dKH: 0 - 2

TDS: 120-160

Tank Size: 10 gal

Tank Mates

Tetras, Danios, Kuhli Loaches, Corydoras,  Otocinclus and other small nano fish.  There's always a risk that baby shrimp can get eaten.  Some recommend Caridina to be in species only tanks.  Avoid aggressive or large mouth fish.

Notes

Stability is key.  Caridina shrimp are very sensitive to water changes prefer softer and acid waters.  Keep cooler water temperatures and avoid heavy c02 injection.  Minimize changes.

Provide a variety of hiding places.  Shrimp will molt and prefer places to hide while their new body is tender.  Keep the molted shells in the tank as other shrimp will feed off it as a good source of calcium.   Always remove dead shrimp to minimize bacteria and infections. Available on Amazon

Ludwigia Repens

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

With proper substrate, lighting, CO2 and iron dosing, this plant can display vibrant red colors.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium
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