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All planted - Now I need fish
Old 06-14-2012, 04:34 PM   #1
 
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All planted - Now I need fish

Thanks to Lucas (Knuggs) who I ordered everything in the tank from besides the dwarf baby tears(on the lava rocks) My new project is underway and fully plants. I have pygmy chain sword ordered at my LFS so other then those all I have left to do is let it all fill out and finish stocking fish

Sadly my new lights wont arrive until tomorrow so all these pics are with a 120watt incandescent daylight reptile bulb about 15inches from the top but when they do come it it will be dual 28w 6500k t5

Right now I have roughly 12 Cherry Red Shrimp(also from Knuggs) 5 very shy Golden Dwarf Honey Gourami, and a Long-fin Chocolate Bristlenosed Pleco. I'm going to search some pet stores alittle farther from home for Blue Tetras but if I cant find them I'm welcome to other suggestions for fish who will contrast the gouramis's well

When the new lights are on I'll post some nice fish shots they are beautiful and sometimes shoal together, all I can get today is a zoomed in pic of a female hiding in the back










I apologize for them not looking their best, glass looks alot cleaner without the flash xD
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:11 PM   #2
 
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Nice tank! We can see through those silly water streaks. I hate them, too! You can easily get rid of them with a paper towel dipped in vinegar. Those streaks just wipe right off!
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
 
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Ya i took those pics right after getting everything planted so it hadn't occurred to me to clean the glass until they were already taken so I'll go do that now while its on my mind, I'm glad you like the tank it used to house my turtles and no matter how many times i cleaned it that gravel always has more waste in it so it seemed perfect to plant
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:04 PM   #4
 
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I'd think twice about Blue Tetra with gourami; the former can get nippy when sedate fish are present.
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #5
 
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How about cochu? I'm not really decided for sure on anything yet but I know I will need more then just the 6 fish and would like a unique schooling fish

I lost this thread earlier so posted these pics on a new one in the pics section but now that i've found it heres with the lights

















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Old 06-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #6
 
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Yes, I meant Cochu...common names again. I think (hope) our profile mentions this.

Nice aquascape, very nice.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:58 PM   #7
 
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Thanks you, i cant wait for it to grow out... I got some root tabs with the lights and i should have my flourish comprehensive within a week and I'll start dosing. I'm assuming the .0001% copper in the flourish wont hurt the cherry shrimp but I'll start off with slightly less then a full dose the first few times to see.

What schooling fish would you reccomend? I was hoping for an opaque blue but if I cant have that I just want fish compatable with both the gourami and shrimp that wont eat the plants. Prefer fish that have light colors that blend into a translusent opaque, I've considered lemon tetras but the yellow would be too much.

Edit: And this is what Conchu said "Must be in a group of at least six, preferably a few more, and given enough space or it will harass other species." Space isnt lacking but if you think they will bother the gourami I'll stay away from them - Happy gourami is most important

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Old 06-15-2012, 08:17 PM   #8
 
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Thanks you, i cant wait for it to grow out... I got some root tabs with the lights and i should have my flourish comprehensive within a week and I'll start dosing. I'm assuming the .0001% copper in the flourish wont hurt the cherry shrimp but I'll start off with slightly less then a full dose the first few times to see.

What schooling fish would you reccomend? I was hoping for an opaque blue but if I cant have that I just want fish compatable with both the gourami and shrimp that wont eat the plants. Prefer fish that have light colors that blend into a translusent opaque, I've considered lemon tetras but the yellow would be too much.

Edit: And this is what Conchu said "Must be in a group of at least six, preferably a few more, and given enough space or it will harass other species." Space isnt lacking but if you think they will bother the gourami I'll stay away from them - Happy gourami is most important
I should probably expand that profile a bit. I was reminded of this yesterday when browsing through the current Practical Fishkeeping, and there was an article by Dr. Neale Monks on why fish nip. The list of fish to avoid with sedate fish was identical to what I write so often, as was the mention of having more in the group of known nippers and more space. Nice to see I'm in good company.

Peaceful shoaling fish that suit gourami (not all gourami, but here its the Honey so that's fine) include almost any of the medium rasbora; meaning those species in Trigonostigma (there are 3 in the profiles) and a couple of the others, like Brevibora dorsiocellata. The miniature rasbora in Boraras are not suitable with any fish as large as the Honey [large to the Boraras that rarely exceed half an inch]. Tetra are a bit risky, even so-called peaceful ones, and characins have a lot of teeth and are prone to using them when the mood strikes. I think the gentler species in the Rosy clade of Hyphessobrycon should be OK, they amtach angelfish nicely, ones like the Rosy Tetra, Roberti Tetra, Black Phantom Tetra, Red Phantom Tetra. Avoid the nippers. Temperature may vary with some of these, so note that. Some of the pencilfish in Nannostomus would match. For the substrate, almost any cory or the dwarf species of loach (we have two in our profiles).
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:31 PM   #9
 
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What would you think of a Bolivian Ram, about 5 banded dwarf loach, and 7-9 Hengels Rasbora? I also wanted Kuhli Loaches but they will have to wait until I'm sure the shrimp can handle them. For some color I might put in 3-4 male guppies as well. Opinions?
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:12 PM   #10
 
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What would you think of a Bolivian Ram, about 5 banded dwarf loach, and 7-9 Hengels Rasbora? I also wanted Kuhli Loaches but they will have to wait until I'm sure the shrimp can handle them. For some color I might put in 3-4 male guppies as well. Opinions?
No mention has yet been made of water parameters, namely GH and pH. Some of these fish have differing requirements, thinking the guppy which is quite opposite to all others listed.

Aside from the above, I would not suggest kuhli loach as they need sand in which to burrow and you have pea gravel. Hengels rasbora fine, get 9-12, this species is best in larger groups. Banded dwarf loach fine (this is a nice fish, should manage with the gravel) but add another 1 or 2; I usually try to go just over what I want in case one should demise. Cichlids and gourami are generally not a good mix, as both are territorial; aside from this caution, no issue with the Bolivian.
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