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post #1 of 4 Old 04-11-2013, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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29 Gallon and 20 Long

Hey Guys,

Been a while on this side, I have been working through the SW side and its been rough so far.

I currently have a 29 Gallon planted tank and it is stocked with:
8 Black Neon Tetra's
8 Rummy Nose Tetra
1 Pear Gourami
1 BN Pleco

It has a Cascade canister filter

Im thinking of setting up a 20 Long in my office. Im looking for ideas on stocking. I would like to either move some/all fish from the 29 to the 20 and change the stocking in the 29 or just leave the 29 the same and add some corys to it, and stock the 20 from scratch.

Im not a fan of Platys, Guppies, swordtails, mollies, danios etc.

Im interested in some cichlids but I don't know too much about them especially the "dwarf" ones.

My water is around 6.8 - 7 pH and I believe the term soft to slightly hard was used when describing it in an earlier thread of mine.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-14-2013, 06:57 AM
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Three cheers for stocking fun!!!

I think I would probably move the neon shoals over, and up their numbers. . . as for dwarf cichlids, do some research into keeping a Bolivian ram (I'm biased, love these fish!). Cories are almost ALWAYS a good option, too! Stocking time is fun - but how do you choose??! :) Let us know what you come up with!
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You could move over the two tetra shoals into the 20g long, but not the gourami or the pleco. A few corys (minimum 5-6) could be added. This is if you want to move the existing fish; then plan something new around the gourami, maybe some of the medium rasbora, one of the dwarf species of loach, etc.

On the dwarf cichlids, either tank can work, but different from what I mention above. Gourami and cichlids are not a good mix. Depends upon the species, some of the dwarf cichlids are best in pairs, others in a harem. If either in the 20g, leave out the corys (if you want to raise the fry) and only one upper tetra. In the 29g you could have both tetra groups, plus some corys (again not if you want fry) and move the gourami out.

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post #4 of 4 Old 04-28-2013, 04:29 PM
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You could move either all the neons or rummies to the 20 as dither fish if you plan on getting a cichlid. If you do this, do not get a pair of cichlids, as they might breed and attack the dithers.
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