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post #1 of 8 Old 02-02-2011, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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29 gallon stocking plan advice

I am quite new to all this and I have been researching my options for quite some time. I am currently cycling a 29 gallon planted tank and am considering the following stock list:

1 Dwarf Gourami
8 Galaxy Rasboras (Celestial Pearl Danios)
8 Mosquito Rasboras
4 Julii Corys

I understand that these are pretty good community fish but I am worried as to whether or not these tiny shoaling fish will work well with the Gourami? (Do I need a pair of Gouramis or will one alone work?) I think I have the tank stocked adequately from top to bottom, but I was wondering if anyone could think of any better options--I am really open to suggestions! I want a fairly easy to care for, diverse (and brightly colored if possible) tank. Thanks!

Sarah
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I am quite new to all this and I have been researching my options for quite some time. I am currently cycling a 29 gallon planted tank and am considering the following stock list:

1 Dwarf Gourami
8 Galaxy Rasboras (Celestial Pearl Danios)
8 Mosquito Rasboras
4 Julii Corys

I understand that these are pretty good community fish but I am worried as to whether or not these tiny shoaling fish will work well with the Gourami? (Do I need a pair of Gouramis or will one alone work?) I think I have the tank stocked adequately from top to bottom, but I was wondering if anyone could think of any better options--I am really open to suggestions! I want a fairly easy to care for, diverse (and brightly colored if possible) tank. Thanks!

Sarah
hi there!!

Well Im pretty new too but I have learned lots from people here!

did you check out the fish profiles they have here? they have extensive information about each fish and tell you if they should be in schools or anything of that matter. definitely look in more than one place about each type of fish because some posts differ from others and its good to see the different views and perspectives you know? dont stop asking questions ask anything that you might have in mind just asking it could make a big difference in the health and well-being of your little fishies!!!!

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I am quite new to all this and I have been researching my options for quite some time. I am currently cycling a 29 gallon planted tank and am considering the following stock list:

1 Dwarf Gourami
8 Galaxy Rasboras (Celestial Pearl Danios)
8 Mosquito Rasboras
4 Julii Corys

I understand that these are pretty good community fish but I am worried as to whether or not these tiny shoaling fish will work well with the Gourami? (Do I need a pair of Gouramis or will one alone work?) I think I have the tank stocked adequately from top to bottom, but I was wondering if anyone could think of any better options--I am really open to suggestions! I want a fairly easy to care for, diverse (and brightly colored if possible) tank. Thanks!

Sarah
I kept a powder blue dwarf gourami with my rasbora espei, cardinal tetras, pristella tetras with no problem. However, you must be careful on the gourami species you select, some are aggressive, especially towards their own kind. IMO. This was also in a 29 gallon tank. There are pictures on the aquarium tabs under my name.
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I kept a powder blue dwarf gourami with my rasbora espei, cardinal tetras, pristella tetras with no problem. However, you must be careful on the gourami species you select, some are aggressive, especially towards their own kind. IMO. This was also in a 29 gallon tank. There are pictures on the aquarium tabs under my name.
Hey! She is right! Dwarf Gouramis are very territorial with other gouramis. But mine acts just fine with the other fishes, he is my king of the aquarium, the one that puts everyone in line.
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I am quite new to all this and I have been researching my options for quite some time. I am currently cycling a 29 gallon planted tank and am considering the following stock list:

1 Dwarf Gourami
8 Galaxy Rasboras (Celestial Pearl Danios)
8 Mosquito Rasboras
4 Julii Corys

I understand that these are pretty good community fish but I am worried as to whether or not these tiny shoaling fish will work well with the Gourami? (Do I need a pair of Gouramis or will one alone work?) I think I have the tank stocked adequately from top to bottom, but I was wondering if anyone could think of any better options--I am really open to suggestions! I want a fairly easy to care for, diverse (and brightly colored if possible) tank. Thanks!

Sarah

I would were it me,,go with the honey gourami and stocking would be ok in my view so long as water was not too hard GH ,KH.
Would stay clear of Variant's of Colisa Ialia such as Flame red,Neon Red,Neon Blue, Powder blue. Colisa Ialia are pone to Iridovirus , Mycobacterium, and could infect some other species.
Is said to be untreatable.
Honey Gourami will stay small and be fine by itself and does not seem affected by afore mentioned virus.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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I would not recommend the initial mix of fish, there are a couple of issues.

The Gourami as others have noted has problems, and even if healthy at 2-3 inches would probably have the rasbora for lunch. A Honey Gourami is better, but this fish also reaches 2 inches and while the mosquito rasbora (Boraras brigittae) will eventually reach around 1 inch it remains very small for months and as I have kept this beautiful fish for a couple of years now I would not put anything larger than one inch in its tank.

The Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio margaritatus) should be on its own. This is explained in the profile. Also, its somewhat feisty nature might cause it to consider the long fins of a slow fish like a gourami as something to nip.

All of these fish are in our profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, or click on the name if it is shaded in posts [spelling has to be exactly the same to shade it]. Lots of info there to expand what I've mentioned.

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I really appreciate the advice! Although I am pretty new, the last thing I want to do is jump into this blindly. In addition the cost of these little fish, I am pretty sure I would get quite emotional if I lost any of them. I want to make sure to get water conditions and tankmates just right before I get any fish. I am currently looking at other stocking options, I just don't have any idea what I want! There are too many choices!
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I really appreciate the advice! Although I am pretty new, the last thing I want to do is jump into this blindly. In addition the cost of these little fish, I am pretty sure I would get quite emotional if I lost any of them. I want to make sure to get water conditions and tankmates just right before I get any fish. I am currently looking at other stocking options, I just don't have any idea what I want! There are too many choices!
How true. My general guideline would be look at fish suitable to your water parameters first, then consider requirements for each (some need numbers, some have behaviour issues, etc). Most of the generally-available fish are in our profiles.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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