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Blue gourami and rainbow shark tank mate help!!
Old 01-27-2014, 05:00 AM   #1
 
Blue gourami and rainbow shark tank mate help!!

So I'm new to the aquarium scene but I'm doing lots of research. I have a 55 gallon that I am properly preparing driftwood for now and am cycling properly as well. I want a semi-aggressive tank but I'm curious if anybody knows from experience or just plain knowledge of some compatibility with the fish I desire to put in it.

The fish I want that will all be bought young together:
1. Rainbow shark (1)
2. Bristle-nose pleco (1)
3. Blue gourami (1)
4. Tiger barbs (6 or more) main focus on compatibility.
5. Suggestions? Will have plenty of over filtration and weekly water changes. And plenty of hiding spots and live plants.
I would like to keep them all in this tank their whole life so nothing too big.
6. Possibly upside down catfish

Any advice will be greatly appreciated and followed!!
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:57 AM   #2
 
AqAdvisor.com will give you a general idea on compatability and stocking levels. It is NOT accurate enough to not do your research first, however. I've never done semi-aggressive so hopefully this will tide you over until someone else comes along.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
 
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AqAdvisor.com will give you a general idea on compatability and stocking levels. It is NOT accurate enough to not do your research first, however. I've never done semi-aggressive so hopefully this will tide you over until someone else comes along.
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Yes I have been using that site as well. My stocking is at 63% and my filtration is at 225%! I was just seeing if anyone has seen them together before maybe? Or just any rough ideas of other tank mates really. I would only need to do a 15% water change weekly at least according to this setup with 100 gallons worth of filtration.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
 
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hello and welcome
the only thing i can chip in with is about the barbs(i love them fish)
nice big group seems to keep them happy,and to themselves.
plenty of plants for hiding if they want it,and lots of swimming space…
that's what my experience is with barbs…and i find whatever the colour
they stay together.
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hello and welcome
the only thing i can chip in with is about the barbs(i love them fish)
nice big group seems to keep them happy,and to themselves.
plenty of plants for hiding if they want it,and lots of swimming space…
that's what my experience is with barbs…and i find whatever the colour
they stay together.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:53 PM   #6
 
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hello and welcome
the only thing i can chip in with is about the barbs(i love them fish)
nice big group seems to keep them happy,and to themselves.
plenty of plants for hiding if they want it,and lots of swimming space…
that's what my experience is with barbs…and i find whatever the colour
they stay together.
Alright thanks for the welcome and the input! I think I would just get one school of at least six and provide the correct environment. I'm assuming they wouldn't bother the other tank mates so much if they can keep themselves busy! I do like how active they are as well but I want to try a variety. Do you know if they get territorial btw? I'm thinking I'll add them first and do the other more notorious fish in after so they wouldn't get bullied with turf wars haha.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:00 PM   #7
 
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i find them nosey when new fish are acclimating in their bags in the tank,
but then that includes the angel fish too…..but once the new fish are
introduced to the tank,the barbs just go off and do their stuff by themselves.
the only fish that sometimes gets a little pecked at is the female bristle nosed plec,but i
think it's more just them being inquisitive.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:45 PM   #8
 
Ok perfect! Thanks again for the advice! I'm thinking ill ditch the catfish and go for some loaches possibly?
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:07 PM   #9
 
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hey
what kind of loaches,do you have something in mind ?
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:01 AM   #10
 
I'm thinking clown loaches but I haven't researched them a whole lot. Do you have a preference of ones that are fairly community oriented or cool looking?
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