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Am I overstocked? Suggestions?
Old 06-24-2012, 04:28 PM   #21
 
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My only concern would be small cories and butterfly fish.. Since cories love to dart up for air, I think a butterfly fish could be able to catch one, the pygmies and dwarfs are pretty tiny.
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I probably won't end up getting Dwarf/Pygmy Cories since the distributor I buy from doesn't sell them.

Hm. According to AqAdvisor, I'd be pushing it if I had:
6 Sterbai Cory
6 Oto Cat
1 African Butterfly

I have a HOB filter made for 30 gal that has a rate of 125gph.
I suppose I could buy the next size up that does 200gph, but I don't want to disrupt the water too much and loose all my C02.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:30 PM   #22
 
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I think you are fine.. AQ advisor can't take into consideration that your tank is heavily planted after all. ;)
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:31 PM   #23
 
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I think you are fine.. AQ advisor can't take into consideration that your tank is heavily planted after all. ;)
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Right. That's exactly why I'm asking for advice from real people. :]
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:34 PM   #24
 
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Wow, this is really exciting!
I've considered African Butterfly Fish in the past, but never really had the opportunity to get one.
Next to Dojo Loaches & Pearl Gouramis, they are one of my favorite fish.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:11 PM   #25
 
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Glad we could help you get something you like! Funny thing about dojos and pearl gourami is that they need rather different setups. Dojos don't like temps over 75F, but the gourami thrive there. lol Oh well. It's just another excuse to get more tanks!
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:04 PM   #26
 
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I keep pearl gouramis and dojos together. The tank is unheated and ranges in temp from 75 to 82, depending on the time of year. The dojos do fine with the summer heat.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:19 PM   #27
 
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Glad we could help you get something you like! Funny thing about dojos and pearl gourami is that they need rather different setups. Dojos don't like temps over 75F, but the gourami thrive there. lol Oh well. It's just another excuse to get more tanks!
Right. Someday I'd like to have a Dojo / Black Moore (another favorite) tank. I thought the contrast of white long slender bodies against black bulbous ones would be awesome. I know they have similar temperature requirements.

I don't know much about cooler thanks though.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #28
 
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I just wanted to say that I really appreciate the help that has been given so far.
I am very concerned about the health of the fish that I take care of. I've found that the employees at the nearest fish store (Petco) are not passionate and are also less knowledgeable about fish than I am. Unfortunately since I live in Alaska, I have very few options and have been forced to make my purchases of fish and plants via the internet. As a result, almost all my learning has been by reading books and through trial and error.
It is nice finally being able to discuss aquariums with experienced fish keepers.

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Old 06-24-2012, 08:52 PM   #29
 
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Right. Someday I'd like to have a Dojo / Black Moore (another favorite) tank. I thought the contrast of white long slender bodies against black bulbous ones would be awesome. I know they have similar temperature requirements.

I don't know much about cooler thanks though.
I actually tried that exact same combination: goldfish and dojo loaches. It didn't end well. I hate to be a dream dasher, but my dojos gained a taste for the slow-moving goldfish's slime coat. I love the shape of the dojo loaches and was delighted to find there is a smaller, more peaceful, and tropical equivalent: brown kuhli loaches (Pangio oblonga). They only get about 4-5 inches long. Mine are currently burrowing and rooting around in a 29 gal with a gourami and some tetra. Really cute little buggers. And their cousins the kuhli loaches (Pangio kuhlii) come in beautiful black and yellow patterns.

I remember another user on this board used to live in Alaska. She kept bettas, and the only place she could find fish stuff was her local WalMart. It sounds like you guys are pretty limited up there. We're glad you found us, too.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:01 PM   #30
 
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I am very concerned about the health of the fish that I take care of. I've found that the employees at the nearest fish store (Petco) are not passionate and are also less knowledgeable about fish than I am. .

That is a reoccurring thing it seems, I went online and found that petco carried kuhli loaches so I made the trip to the nearest one to find out "Oh we shut all our fish tanks down" Pissed would be an understatement in my case. Ended up saying F it and going to my normal LFS to dig in their planted tank for half an hour to find 4 wild male guppys who are looking stunning in my tank in all their 1/2 inch glory and for $ 0.81 for all 4 petco can go die
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