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Old 03-26-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
 
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Question Fish for my 36g

Hi,

I have a 36g bowfront with 2 power filters (45g + 90g) and artificial plants
It's cycling for now because i made a mistake by changing the filter and got an ammonia spike that killed 2 Mollies but surprisingly my 8 Neon Tetras and 4 Julii Corys are still alive and kicking!!
I'm starting to get nitrite and i change the water 25% every two days with Prime
I want to have those fish:
12 Neon Tetras
12 Gold Tetras

4 Julii Corys
1 Dalmatian Molly (Male)
1 Sunburst Platy (Male)
1 Dwarf Gourami (Male)
1 Guppy (Male)
What do you think about it?


Thank you for your reply



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Old 03-26-2013, 03:07 PM   #2
 
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Hi and welcome to TFK.

Never put mollys with any gourami as the gouramis will be harassed to death.

Good job on the water changes keep it up.

You can ( when the tank is cycled) get 3 more Julii corys than youl have a nice group(and they love to be in groups) they need soft water.

As do the gourami.

What is your waters hardness and Ph as this will help us help you:)

At least 5 male guppys (if you don't want fry) 1 would be very lonely.they like hard water but soft is fine

Forgot the platy:) they also like to be in groups of 5 or more and like hard water.

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Old 03-26-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
 
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping. And especially to a fellow Vancouverite.

First comment is on your fish selection. Livebearers (molly, platy, guppy) will not last in our water, it is far too soft. Your other named species will thrive.

So considering the soft water fish. I would leave out the dwarf gourami, unless you can be assured of a healthy supply. This is explained more in the profile, click the shaded name.

Increase the corys; you can add more of this species, or some of another species, the more the better. Five is the minimum number for a species but when you have more than one, I tend to suggest no less than 3 of each species. There are many in our profiles. BTW, do you really have Corydoras julii? I have seen this once or twice locally; almost all so-called Juli corys are actually Corydoras trilineatus. Check the photos and text description in the profiles.

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Old 03-26-2013, 05:33 PM   #4
 
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Thanks nicolaas and Byron
I will add 2 more Julii Cory (Got them from PetSmart on Grandview, they look like Corydoras trilineatus)
Do you think i can add an other shoal of Tetra (Bloodfin or Diamond)?
So it will be 12 Neon, 12 Gold, 8 or more Bloodfin-Diamond, 6 Julii
Is there a fish a can get a little bigger 3-4" for a center piece?
Byron, it's because of you that i joined this forum
I live close to Kingsway and Fraser
Where do you live?
Do you know Canadian Aquatics?
Eric

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:37 PM   #5
 
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Thanks nicolaas and Byron
I will add 2 more Julii Cory (Got them from PetSmart on Grandview, they look like Corydoras trilineatus)
Do you think i can add an other shoal of Tetra (Bloodfin or Diamond)?
So it will be 12 Neon, 12 Gold, 8 or more Bloodfin-Diamond, 6 Julii
Is there a fish a can get a little bigger 3-4" for a center piece?
Byron, it's because of you that i joined this forum
I live close to Kingsway and Fraser
Where do you live?
Do you know Canadian Aquatics?
Eric
Thank you, very kind words. I am in Pitt Meadows (I list Vancouver because no one outside here would know Pitt Meadows). Yes, I know Charles at Canadian Aquatics, I buy most of my fish there as I prefer wild caught and I have never had problems with Charles' fish. I acquired some 55 fish from Charles only a few weeks back. Very reliable.

Another shoal of characins will work--though you should consider live plants, they make a big difference to the fish. Bloodfin can be nippy. Diamonds are nice, I picked up more just last week. But you might want to consider upper level fish to balance...so far everything is in the lower half of the water column.

Centrepiece fish is not easy. One that comes to mind is the Bolivian Ram, but here again it is a bottom dweller. I have a male in my 5-foot Amazon river tank, he is close to 5 years now which is doing well for a fish with (if lucky) a 4-year life.

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Old 03-26-2013, 10:32 PM   #6
 
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Thanks Byron, you convinced my wife to get live plants
We're gona get Java Fern and Anubias
I will ask Charles if i can buy 12 Gold Tetras but he needs to keep them till my tank cycles
Then i try to find a Bolivian Ram
Do you think i can get 2 Panda Corys? Will they shoal with the 4 Julii?
Thanks again for your help

Eric

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Old 03-27-2013, 04:07 PM   #7
 
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Thanks Byron, you convinced my wife to get live plants
We're gona get Java Fern and Anubias
I will ask Charles if i can buy 12 Gold Tetras but he needs to keep them till my tank cycles
Then i try to find a Bolivian Ram
Do you think i can get 2 Panda Corys? Will they shoal with the 4 Julii?
Thanks again for your help

Eric
I currently have about 40 corys in my 115g, representing some 12 species. I try to get no less than 3 of each species, and preferably more. My panda cory have always been some of the most social of the corys; I lost a couple thanks to Flourite substrate in their former tank, and my remaining 2 (moved to the sand substrate 115g) are almost always together. I will be getting more. I would say 4-5 of the panda in your situation. This species is now being tank raised (unless you get the wild caught from CA) but it remains one of the most sensitive/delicate.

Plants are fine, those are low light [don't know what tank light you have]. Floating plants are always beneficial and easy. Your fish will all appreciate a roof over them. If you want some floating Water Sprite, I toss out a handful every week so let me know.

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