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post #11 of 35 Old 03-17-2008, 03:28 PM
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I just threw together a 30 gal tall hex tank recently that I really like. I wanted to go schooling fish. I've got 9 neon tetras, 6 harlequin raspboras, 5 swartzii cories, and a big jerk of a black molly. The tank was bought specifically to give the molly a new home since he insists on being king of the tank. If I didn't have the molly to worry about, I would have done everything else the same but added a pair of blue rams. That to me sounds like a very colorful and interesting tank. My younger brother has nearly same mix in his discus tank, and it looks excellent.
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post #12 of 35 Old 03-17-2008, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like a good setup.

I am going to the LFs on Thursday, I think. I am still debating if I would want 1 pair or 3 females. I need to ask around and see if places would take baby Kribs. If so, then I will get the pair. If not, then 3 females.
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post #13 of 35 Old 03-18-2008, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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I kind of setup a fry tank (just in case). My old 5G corner; I put two decorations, heater, a small fake plant, an an airstone for cicrulation.

I am going to try to get a pair of Kribs. But this means I should probably drop either the Hatchets or Tetras.

Also, clearing this up: Female Kribs are more plump and ready-to-breed females have pink bellies, correct? And males are more slender/torpedo shaped and have a longer-flowing dorsal fin?
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post #14 of 35 Old 03-18-2008, 08:56 PM
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I'm not sure about the Kribs and Neon. Something is telling me that the neon would be a good snack for the Kribs.

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post #15 of 35 Old 03-18-2008, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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I know what you mean, but I have seen many people with Kribs and Neons, and none have ever been eaten. I would just have to be worried if one swam into a group full of baby Kribs.
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post #16 of 35 Old 03-19-2008, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Now my neighbor is selling his Convicts for $1.00. So tempting...

You know what I'm thinking.

Could I keep a pair of Kribs, a Convict, a RTBS, and maybe even the platies, or is this asking for trouble? (Not set on anything; this is just an idea).

Or would my orginal idea be best?
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post #17 of 35 Old 03-25-2008, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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I really hate to bring this back up, but I still have ideas (sorry for the triple post as well) and would like some help.

Well, I am sticking to only 2 Kribs as advised on by Herefishy. I think I want to up my platy count to at least 5, maybe 6, and then possibly add another solo fish that is of a different kind/specie.

I was thinking

-2 Kribs
-1 RTBS
-5-6 Red Wag Platies
-1 Female Betta
-Something.

Thoughts? Ideas?
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post #18 of 35 Old 03-26-2008, 03:46 PM
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This is for a 30g tank? I would be hesitant to put that many mollys in a 30 with a pair of kribs. If the Kribs breed, which is highly likley, they are still cichlids so they'll act like cichlids. I felt the same way about the Apistos. They're not aggressvie but they can be at breeding time so if I put them in the tank, I'm going to have to set up another tank for my barbs and that's in a 55g.

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post #19 of 35 Old 03-26-2008, 04:05 PM
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i like both of your lists.(although personally i like the list with neons/cardinals best) but like holy said, if the kribs breed they could get aggressive.

for the "something" in the last list you posted i would do some kind of gourami. dwarf or pearl maybe? oh wait...would they be ok with the betta?

i noticed that in both lists you dont have too many bottom dwellers. i would add either kuhli loaches, skunk loaches, or cories.
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post #20 of 35 Old 03-26-2008, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both. I am completely aware of what the Kribs could do.

Crazy, my RTBS and Kribs are both bottom-dwellers who are eventually going to need a good amount of room, so my bottom level is basically done.

I found out a LFS carries some exotic, pretty plecos. One that I like is the Leopard Frog Pleco; and from what I read they stay under 5". Is that correct? They also carry BN plecos, so if I decide to do that and the Leopard Frog wont work out. I dont know if I should add a pleco though.

Also, I think I may give my 5G to my female sooner or later.

Another thing that caught my eye were the Gold Rams. The ones at the LFS are TINY (1in>). Would I be able to get one or two in the mix?

Thoughts:
Option1:
-1 RTBS
-2 Kribs
-5-6 Red Wag Platies
-2 Rams

Option2:
-1 RTBS
-2 Kribs
-5 Red Wag Platies
-1/2 Rams
-BN/LF Pleco

Option3:
-1 RTBS
-2 Kribs
-5/6 Red Wags
-BN/LF Pleco

Ideas?
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