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Old 07-19-2008, 11:32 AM   #11
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I'm thinking that may be a little overstocked. If I were you I would choose to have a school of either the rasboras or cherry barbs, and put in several corydoras. I have read that corys like to be in schools of 6 or more, but you may be fine with about four. You may even be able to add one larger, ornamental fish (maybe a peaceful, smaller gourami?). I think that this would probably be the max that your tank could take though, so if you want to be on the safe side, add only a few fish at a time and see how it goes. That way you don't have to rehome any excess fish.
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Old 07-19-2008, 11:51 AM   #12
 
I am thinking about doing 6 corys, 4 or 5 cherry barbs, and a gourami?. I don't really no much about the gourami. Would they fit in nicely? Is this still a little over stocked? Sorry about all the questions but I want my fish to be happy and get along well in my fairly small tank.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:07 PM   #13
 
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if i were you i would only get about 4 cories. i think that 6 wouldnt leave enough room for them all on the bottom. 4 or 5 cherry barbs would be good. if you got a gourami i would get a dwarf one. your plans are sounding good!!!
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:35 PM   #14
 
I think I am going to get 5 cherry barbs, 1 dwarf gourami, and 4 cories. All of this will happen after my tank is done cycling. Thanks so much for all of the help you guys have given me. It is much appreciated.
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Old 07-19-2008, 03:02 PM   #15
 
My tank is cycling right now with three Zebra Danios in its tank. I noticed this morning that the water is a little bit cloudy. Is his normal? Also what is a good temperature for my fish? Thanks
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Old 07-19-2008, 03:21 PM   #16
 
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My tank is cycling right now with three Zebra Danios in its tank. I noticed this morning that the water is a little bit cloudy. Is his normal? Also what is a good temperature for my fish? Thanks
Yeah do a water change!!!! How often are you doing water changes? Do you want the danios to die? As in have you included them in your final stocking plans? Because if you want the fish to survive you must do daily water changes, and even if you don't want them to die you should still be doing little water changes to make them as comfortable as possible.

Your fish can withstand a large range of temperatures, So really anywhere from sayyyy... 68F - 78F should be good. But I assume you'll want tropical fish once your tanks cycled so 78 is a good temperature.
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Old 07-19-2008, 03:39 PM   #17
 
I just did a water change. Thank you, I didn't know I had to.

I like the Zebra Danios. I plan on keeping them as long as they can live. Then I will get the fish i have been talking about.

I am also wondering if my filter is up to par. My fish tank has been in the family since 1998 but now it is mine. The filter is an Eclipse1? or a Twelve?. I don't know if any of you know what I am talking about but that is all of the information i could find. I don't know if it is a biological filter. If it isn't do I need one. How much would that cost? Thank you
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Old 07-19-2008, 04:04 PM   #18
 
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Yeah, do like 15-20% water changes everyday to keep ammonia levels down so your fish have a fighting chance.

Um well, I did a quick search for Eclipse1 and I found a filter thats suited for 10-15 gallon aquariums and includes a biowheel. So if this is the same filter, then you have biological filtration. Hence what the biowheel is for

Personally I always like having more filtration then just the minimum, but the filter you have now should do the trick.
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Old 07-19-2008, 04:14 PM   #19
 
That is my filter. I will be sure to do those water changes every day. Thanks so much
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:58 AM   #20
 
Hey guys, I was just wondering if it is normal for my water to still be a little bit cloudy even though I do regular water changes. I did lose one of my fish but the others look like they are happier than ever. Their color has brightened and their appetite is great. Do I need to get a test kit?
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