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So I recently bought used 90 gallon tank, currently putting it through a fishless cycle. I was hoping I could get some feed back/suggestions on my current plan for the tank

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To fill the tank with fast breeders and plants that can potentially survive 64° water during winter. Relatively low maintenance. The tank will have a heater that will only activate below 60-64° (which is unlikely but just in case)

Fish Roster
White Cloud Minnow (confirmed)
Guppy (confirmed)
Endlers *(May diffuse Guppy strains?)
Rosy Red Minnow*(May end up eating potential fry/eggs?)
Peppered Cory**(May end up eating potential WCMM eggs?)
Otocinclus Catfish** (Doubt these fish can survive colder temperatures)
Red Cherry Shrimp **(May also eat potential WCMM eggs?)

Plant Roster
Java moss (Confirmed)
Duckweed***
Horn wort***
Marimo Moss ball***(don't know too much about these)

*Potential tank mates
**Potential bottom feeders
***Potential Plants
 

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Seems ok but I wanted to point a few things out to you:

1. As you noted, your Endlers will interbreed with the guppies. Why do you want both? They are both prolific breeders but Endlers less so than guppies.
2. You state low maintenance, but you are stocking it with a multitude of prolific breeders and rapid growth plants. It'll be ok in the winter when it's cool, but when it's warm you'll have an explosion of plants and fish and you'll have a high maintenance tank.
 

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Seems ok but I wanted to point a few things out to you:

1. As you noted, your Endlers will interbreed with the guppies. Why do you want both? They are both prolific breeders but Endlers less so than guppies.
2. You state low maintenance, but you are stocking it with a multitude of prolific breeders and rapid growth plants. It'll be ok in the winter when it's cool, but when it's warm you'll have an explosion of plants and fish and you'll have a high maintenance tank.
Thanks for the info!
I did not know endlers were less prolific than guppies, good to know.

By low maintenance I mean, I don't have to do anything special to the water or lighting for the fish to reproduce, or I don't have to separate the fry from the main tank (unless I want a LARGE surplus of fish). I also don't have to worry too much about over feeding (since we have kids at our house pretty often, they like feeding the fish), most of these fish can eat a decent amount relative to their body mass.

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does anyone have any feed back on which bottom feeders I should get?
 

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You do have to worry about overfeeding...unless you plan on running an auto-drip system. Food + fish = waste. After a while you'll start to see fish deaths for no reason and your fish and shrimp will stop breeding as the waste contaminants in the water climbs. You'll also get stunted and deformed fry. The way to have low maintenance is to underfeed, and not get more fish that eat food, which actually produces more waste.
 
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