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post #1 of 9 Old 04-03-2013, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Help me to stock my 14 gallon plz

hey guys, i have a dirted 14 gallon tank,its heavily planted,duckweed,swords,anubias,java moss,rotala,moss balls,dwarf water lettuce,hornworth,java ferns,water lilly


ive recently moved my female bettas out of it and im lookin to stock it with more fish.. currently i have some ghost shrimp and some assasin / pond snails in the tank..

any nice size fish i can put in here and possibly get them breeding?or id make it a community also,im not sure yet.i have another tank for guppies so im not really interested in puttin them in this 14gallon..

im interested in tiger barbs and the german rams and some of the gouramis.,im also interested in angelfish but this tank is too small for angels,i do get some algea on the glass and other places so maybe an algea eater?

can anyone give me some good advice to some fish that are suited to a 14 gallon

lookin forward to your advice on what i could put in here
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hey guys, i have a dirted 14 gallon tank,its heavily planted,duckweed,swords,anubias,java moss,rotala,moss balls,dwarf water lettuce,hornworth,java ferns,water lilly


ive recently moved my female bettas out of it and im lookin to stock it with more fish.. currently i have some ghost shrimp and some assasin / pond snails in the tank..

any nice size fish i can put in here and possibly get them breeding?or id make it a community also,im not sure yet.i have another tank for guppies so im not really interested in puttin them in this 14gallon..

im interested in tiger barbs and the german rams and some of the gouramis.,im also interested in angelfish but this tank is too small for angels,i do get some algea on the glass and other places so maybe an algea eater?

can anyone give me some good advice to some fish that are suited to a 14 gallon

lookin forward to your advice on what i could put in here
First a question: what are your water parameters, meaning GH (general hardness) and pH? There are many suitable fish for smaller tanks but many will be wild caught so attention to water is important.

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hi, thanks for the reply,my ph is around 6.6 - 6.8 . i have the liquid master test kit,ive no idea what my gh is, ill probly have to go to petco and buy a gh testing kit. but to my knowledge my water is not very hard,i did get it tested about 4 months ago in a local pet store and the guy told me i had soft water..
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actually now that i think of it ,maybe he didnt say the word soft,he possibly just saud,your water hardness is ok,your water is good , i know that he told me the water was not hard
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actually now that i think of it ,maybe he didnt say the word soft,he possibly just saud,your water hardness is ok,your water is good , i know that he told me the water was not hard
Sadly they will tell you it is fine, they just want you to buy product. You need the numbers and a test kit is pretty cheap or, if you are on city water, just call the utility or check their website, it's probably listed there, that will get you close.

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Yes, save your money and contact the municipal water supply folks, probably on their website the water data posted will include GH. If you can't figure it out, post the link and one of us can take a look.

I will for the moment assume "soft" as the pH at slightly acidic would tend to suggest this though we still need the number for certain. But among soft water fish you have a large choice that are suitable to a smallish (14g) tank. Angelfish are out as you realize. Tiger Barb will not work either [click the shaded name for the profile which will explain why]. Gourami could be one of the smaller sized species which are rarer and being wild caught will be fine in soft acidic water. We have some in our Anabantids section in the profiles. You could mamage a small South American dwarf cichlid, some of them anyway, we can discuss these later if interested.

But for other ideas, browse the Cyprinids and Characins sections, also Catfish. There are several miniature species in all of these. You are basically looking for quiet as opposed to active fish, suited to a still pond or lagoon in a small stream. These types of forest fish manage better in smaller spaces because they do not swim much, but just cruise among plants and branches.

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Interestingly, I checked with our local utility for the office and they list EVERYTHING other than the GH on their site.

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Interestingly, I checked with our local utility for the office and they list EVERYTHING other than the GH on their site.

Jeff.
Sometimes you can work it out from other data, like Calcium, magnesium, total dissolved solids. Enough to give one a fair idea.

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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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Sometimes you can work it out from other data, like Calcium, magnesium, total dissolved solids. Enough to give one a fair idea.
I could have done that but I was mainly curious as to what someone might see if they went looking, we suggest doing just that all the time.... if ANYONE gets onto our water supply site they would be baffled, I even had to do some online loop de loops to find the report.... and it was from 2011. I could have called I suppose.

I just tested it instead..

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