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post #1 of 26 Old 01-04-2014, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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29 gallon stocking

So now that my goldfish moved to a pond, I need to fill up my 30 gallon!
What I have already gotten:

Bs pleco
Dalmation Molly
2 dwarf gourami
1 rainbow fish

I know that rainbow fish should be in schools but they're like $10!! So I'm seeing if this guy (isn't very colorful) is ok on his own, but if not I'll return him. I wanted to get barbs but I don't think that them and dwarf gourami are compatible?

I have a bio wheel penguin 150 on there as and HOB filter and I also put my top fin 20 on there for now but the propeller makes too much noise so I was planning to toss it? It has an air stone, silk plants, and gravel. ph is like 7.8 and it has a piece of driftwood in there. The lights are on 10 hours a day and are on a timer.

What else should I get? Anything I should know about the care of the current fish? I'm also hoping my family will let me get a 60 gallon soon, it's a battle. And if anything I also have a 20 planted tank.



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post #2 of 26 Old 01-05-2014, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Would taking the rainbowfish back and getting 5 cherry barbs be a good idea?


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The rainbow is likely too expensive to form a school. You may want to try aquabid and some of those breeders who may have rainbows at a more affordable rate.

As for cherry barbs, they would work with the gouramis. I would get 6-8 making half normal and half albino. They look great together.

You could also go with 6 ruby barbs, very neat fish that too many people overlook. It occurs to me you need a clean up crew, so red cherry shrimp would work, I'd get at least 12 of them. If not shrimp, corys would work well. I would also add a ramshorn or two to keep things under control.

The molly, it really should be paired up, but mollys are larger than I would go in that tank. If you can rehome the molly I would go with 6-10 male Endlers. Nothing like driving the gouramis insane. They should be fine as I have the same grouping.
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The rainbow is likely too expensive to form a school. You may want to try aquabid and some of those breeders who may have rainbows at a more affordable rate.

As for cherry barbs, they would work with the gouramis. I would get 6-8 making half normal and half albino. They look great together.

You could also go with 6 ruby barbs, very neat fish that too many people overlook. It occurs to me you need a clean up crew, so red cherry shrimp would work, I'd get at least 12 of them. If not shrimp, corys would work well. I would also add a ramshorn or two to keep things under control.

The molly, it really should be paired up, but mollys are larger than I would go in that tank. If you can rehome the molly I would go with 6-10 male Endlers. Nothing like driving the gouramis insane. They should be fine as I have the same grouping.
I now have 5 cherry barbs and no rainbow. They say Molly's are community not schooling, and it used to be in my 20. Maybe I'll get some albino barbs too :) I have the pleco for clean up? And some shrimp would be cool, small bioload too. I have Corey's in my 20, because they prefer sand. Endlers? Ramshorn? I've heard of that one a few times.


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My 2 lfs don't sell cherry shrimp :( where else can I get them!


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Before you toss your topfin, try cleaning the impeller assembly and lubricating the post that the magnet sits on with silicone... might reduce the noise a lot.
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Before you toss your topfin, try cleaning the impeller assembly and lubricating the post that the magnet sits on with silicone... might reduce the noise a lot.
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I mean, I've tried a lot with it :) but how would I lubricate it? Or with what?


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I use silicone spray. Completly disassemble the unit and only spray the post . Or if not, topfins are not that costly. I've heard of others using vaseline.
For shrimp there are mail order services, but id be worried about the extreme cold.

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I use silicone spray. Completly disassemble the unit and only spray the post . Or if not, topfins are not that costly. I've heard of others using vaseline.
For shrimp there are mail order services, but id be worried about the extreme cold.

Best wishes for a beautiful and healthy tank!


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Oh, your in arizona, probaly nice and warm there... one of my fav pics though!
I was thinking about doing that, but in the summer if be worried about the extreme heat, haha. Do you have any good place to order? Would eBay be good? Anywhere else is fine too. Maybe I should order from Amazon lol.


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Aquabid for the shrimp. They will use a heat pad in the winter, and icepack in the summer if needed. You might be able to find a seller close. Cherries are pretty hardy. Just don't get into the more difficult and sensitive ones when the weather is extreme. Watch your weather for a week where temps are mild. Ask your LFS to bring some in for you.
Or order them from Invertebrates by Msjinkzd on FB.

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