I am extremely pleased to tell everyone that I will be receiving a new 16 gallon bowfront for Christmas. Here's the equipment that I will be using with my new tank:
1) 1 100 gph Whisper box/power filter
2) 1 Whisper 10-30 gallon (100 watt) submersible heater
3) 1 air bubbler
4) 1 digital thermometer
My substrate will be natural-colored gravel about 1-2" thick. I will have about 8 small live shoots of lucky bamboo and a small clump of java moss anchored to a peice of dried coral. Some other miscelaneous decorations will include 3 small peices of driftwood, 2 small-medium sandstones, 1 medium-large rainbow rock, a tiny pot for fish to hide in, and about 5-7 medium-large plastic plants.
Stocking: (my stocking is pretty much set in stone right now)
1) ~10 adult guppies
2) ~20 fry/juvenile guppies
3) 4 ghost shrimp
Here's the deal: I know that I am already pushing my limits with this amount of guppies, and I also know that my tank can quickly be overpopulated. However, I have been keeping fish, and especially guppies, for a long time now and it seems to me that they do well in large family groups. They seem to become alot less stressed out when there are so many of them in a tank. I am very much aware that ammonia can and will build up quickly in my tank, so I plan to change 30% of my water weekle by gravel vacuuming. I will also do small feedings several times a day to ensure that there isn't a bunch of extra food laying around rotting. The question is: Since I will not be rehoming any of my guppies, should I invest in a "population control" tankmate? Here are some tankmates I was considering to help with my extra fry problems:
1) a dwarf gourami (please let me know what you think about the compatibility. I am perfectly fine with this fish snacking on fry but it will be a definite NO if you think he'll attack my adult guppies.)
2) African dwarf frog
Let me know what you think about this plan.