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Old 07-18-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
 
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In my 55gal I plan to keep.

6 cherry barbs
3 marbled mollies
1 gold gourmai
1 golden wonder killifish
3 platies
5 black skirt tetras
1 albino briselnose pleco

I'm mostly worried that the killi and gourmai won't get along, but tell what you think.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:06 AM   #2
 
The gourami is the only one who's gonna be trouble maker in there, so I guess it depends on it's temperament

Hope your pH is around 7 as you have some fish that prefer soft and some that prefer harder water, so somewhere in the middle would be best
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:53 AM   #3
 
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Yeah my ph is around that so everyone will be happy
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:36 PM   #4
 
Have you found out from your water company how hard the water is?


I thought the black skirt Tetras were fin nippers?
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:42 PM   #5
 
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I would leave out the gourami for two reasons. First, if it is a male, it can be aggressive even to other fish depending upon temperament. Another surface fish such as the mentioned killifish might be a threat either way. But aside from this, its sedate nature and long fins will temp the black Widow Tetra [aka Black Skirt] which are notorious fin nippers, esp in small groups and I think 5 is too small a group for this fish. No less than 7, preferably 8-9 is more likely safer.

Having said that, you may want to leave them out altogether. Other fish can be trouble for them too, and down the road you might regret having them.

The killifish is Aplocheilus linneatus, a natural predator that attains 4 inches and remains near the surface among floating plants. It is reported to eat, or try to eat, small fish. Although I have not kept this species, it would seem to me that it might be another target of Black skirts.

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Old 07-18-2011, 12:53 PM   #6
 
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okay so what do you recommend?
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:12 PM   #7
 
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okay so what do you recommend?
I don't like to recommend specific fish too much, as it is your tank, but some general ideas assuming you have a BN pleco, livebearers, the cherry barb [I would add to this group, 7-8 would be nice], and maybe the killifish: Danio [there are several species not just the Zebra, all are active fish but that is fine with the afore-mentioned], medium rasbora [there are several species here too, just avoid the dwarfs like Boraras], medium tetra [many species aside from Black Widow and Serpae (also fin nippers)]. Another barb like the Black Ruby Barb, this is a beautiful fish and for a barb very peaceful. You have room for substrate fish along with the pleco, maybe a group of corys, or a group of one of the smaller loach species (Botia striata, Botia kubotai, etc) for some real entertainment. If you don't stay with the killifish, surface fish like hatchets would work with this combo.

From among these groups, several manage in your slightly basic water that livebearers need, so avoid the wild-caught soft water species and you're fine. Many of these are in the profiles with photos.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:19 PM   #8
 
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Thanks for the help, whats your opinion on bleeding hearts and lemon tetras. Could I keep maybe four giant danios?
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:30 PM   #9
 
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Thanks for the help, whats your opinion on bleeding hearts and lemon tetras. Could I keep maybe four giant danios?
Lemon Tetra and Bleeding Heart Tetra are fine. Giant Danio should be in larger groups though, minimum 8 as noted in our profile.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #10
 
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What about rosy tetras are they nippy?
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