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I need help stocking my new 30 gallon freshwater tank!

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I need help stocking my new 30 gallon freshwater tank!
Old 06-09-2010, 12:22 AM   #1
 
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Ok. So i am a bit at a loss here. I am new to all of this and trying to find compatible fish whom i also find appealing is proving to be quite difficult. I have a 30 gal and am willing to dedicate a lot of time and energy to researching each individual species i keep and making sure they are properly cared for. The problem i keep encountering is differing opinions on everything from compatibility to tank size requirements. I have some fish in mind. Please let me know what you think. Be sure to suggest better alternatives or exclusions.

6 zebra danios (i have my heart set on these)
3 bleeding heart tetras
1 angelfish (I would like it, but could do without)
2 dwarf gouramis (my husband likes these)
2 albino cory catfish (for lack of better bottom feeder)
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:13 AM   #2
 
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I do know that most tetra's like to be in schools so maybe a few more bleeding hearts and a few more corys
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:22 AM   #3
 
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You don't think I would be over stocking then? Would I need to eliminate any of the other fish? I am terribly afraid of overstocking.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:34 AM   #4
 
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Welcome to TFK!

What's the pH and hardness of your water source? Most aquarium fish prefer either soft, acidic water (tetras, barbs) or hard, basic water (livebearers, African cichlids). If you've got water somewhere in the middle it's likely that most fish will be available to you, but if your local water is at one of the extremes you're somewhat more limited in your options.

To get those numbers, you can take a sample of your water to the LFS (local fish store) for testing (make sure they give you actual numbers) or, even easier, go to your local water board's website, which usually publishes this information.
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