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post #11 of 15 Old 01-14-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Byron. I really appreciate the suggestions.
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post #12 of 15 Old 01-15-2013, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Any other suggestions?
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post #13 of 15 Old 01-15-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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What about Gourami
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post #14 of 15 Old 01-15-2013, 03:33 PM
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What about Gourami
Yes, there are a couple species. Tank size limits some, and most of the really small gourami are soft water. But two that will fit are the Honey Gourami and the Dwarf Gourami. The latter can be a real health risk as it explains in the profile, so I would go with the Honey. A small group, say 1 male and 2-3 females.

However, with sedate fish you are limiting tankmates to similarly quiet fish.


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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 #15 of 15 Old 01-17-2013, 08:44 AM
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Here is my short list for hard water fish... I already had them linked but I don't know if they transferred.(yep the links transferred fine)

I have water sitting at pH 7.8, 23dGh to start but it drops off to 17 after a week in the planted tank.

Emerald catfish
Bloodfin Tetra
Black Widow Tetra
Flame Tetra
Pristella Tetra
Cherry Barb

These are all community fish suitable for hard water and also aimed at around 2" fully grown sizing due to the numbers I wanted in a 37 gallon tank. The catfish are some of the few bottom feeders that are good at higher temperatures and hard water, they do get to 3.5". I was trying to match up with a male betta that I already had in the tank so these are about as non-aggressive as you can get.

I left out "show fish" or larger fish that are OK in smaller groups due to the betta, There area few gourami that can work I think.

If you just plow through the profiles here and skip right to the bottom first, that gives you the recommended tank minimum sizing, water hardness and pH and temperature ranges. The top gives you the temperament so it only takes about 10 seconds per fish, or less if they don't match one of the water parameters, to come up with your own short list.

I've been through the profiles often enough now I have gotten to know more about fish than I thought I would.


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

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Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc

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