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post #1 of 3 Old 12-18-2011, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Could this Stock Work

I currently have a 20 gallon with lots of plants and the following stock
4 Pink Jewel Tetras
3 Male Guppies
Some Guppy Fry (being given away)
1 Oto (survivor of ich, to be given away)
2 Kuhli Loaches
2 Sparkling Gouramis
2 Amano Shrimp
5 Cherry Shrimp
1 Red Crystal Shrimp

I had 6 tetras, but two died. So I will be upping them to 6-8. Guppy fry and oto are being donated to my LFS. Yes, I know the loaches need larger numbers, but they are very active and always in plain view, and very happy. I was thinking if I could add maybe 5 praecox rainbows? I know I'd have to do more water changes, but i think i can handle it
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-18-2011, 07:20 PM
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I wouldnot add Melanotaenia praecox to a 20g with other fish. This rainbow will attain 2-3 inches, and needs a small group. In a 20g long it would be fine, on its own (with some substrate fish). This fish is in our profiles [click the shaded name].

The Pink Jewel Tetra is presumably the white-tip fin form of Hyphessobrycon rosaceus. The former name H. ornatus is now deemed invalid as a distinct species though it is still seen in the literature especially in reference to this white fin variety. But this is a cultivated variant according to Aqualog and not a distinct natural species. The Rosy tetra is in our profiles. A group of 7-8 of these is fine, with what you have.


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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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post #3 of 3 Old 12-21-2011, 12:26 AM
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Yes, I know the loaches need larger numbers, but they are very active and always in plain view, and very happy.
I have black kuhli loaches. Their constant swimming and being seen is actually not a sign of their happiness, but a sign of their stress. Even with large numbers, in a small tank, they will do this. I have 10 of them. They use to be in my 15g tank, out and about swimming/pacing all the time. At first I thought it was the "happy dance" many loach owners talk of. Then I put the group in my 29g, now I see how happy they truly are in their large group, with plenty of space. They hardly come out into view, except at feeding time. They broke themselves into two smaller groups, one group has the fake log, the other burrowed under the real wood. They also decided to take to eating all my bladder snails, which was an added bonus. For your loaches sake, I would defiantly consider upping the group to a minimum of 5. Hope this helps.

*They call me, Amanda*
Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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