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Old 03-13-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
 
My Plan

Hello,

I've gotten my plan for my 29 gal, planted aquarium and want to see if anyone sees anything I may have wrong.

2 1/2" red fluorite substrate (already in)

1 aqua beam 600 ultima Marine white 12 w
1 gro beam 600 ultima 12 w

Currently running a penguin 150 HOB and a sponge filter.

I originally had the power head on it but felt the current was too strong, so I removed the power head.

Fish,
7 Silver Hatchets
9 neon tetras
2 white skirt tetras
1 angelfish
1 dwarf blue gourami
3 albino cory's

3 pieces of Malaysian driftwood

Not sure of the plants yet.

Does anyone see where I may be going wrong?

Thanks
Ken
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:44 PM   #2
 
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I would remove the white skirts and the angelfish. I'd also up the numbers of all the fish except the gourami. 10 hatchets, 10 Neons, 8 corys.

Keep an eye on the corys and make sure the flourite isn't bothering them, there's a possibility that it could wear down their barbels and hurt them.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:42 PM   #3
 
I'd take out the gourami, white skirts and angels ASAP. The white skirts or angels will eventually have a blast shredding your hatchets into fish burger. The blue gourami is too large or will be and carrys a bioload to prove it. If you're worried about the corys, put a fine layer of sand over the substrate.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:57 AM   #4
 
The gourami maxes at 3".... He won't get too large I have one in my 10 gal.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:14 AM   #5
 
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I was just a little confused at the description of 'dwarf blue gourami'. I wouldn't be surprised if this is a new strain of something, as I've been out of the hobby for awhile, but I'm thinking that either you have a blue gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus) or a Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia). Dwarfs are less bullying than blues but I wouldn't trust a relatively larger fish like a gourami or an angel to not make a meal out of neons.

Floating plants, like Water Sprite would be helpful for hatchets.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:53 AM   #6
 
Dwarf blues are a color variant of the dwarfs, Jim. I would trust my dwarf with neons, his mouth is far too small to make a snack of them.
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:57 AM   #7
 
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Is that same thing as the 'Powder Blue' or 'Turquoise' dwarf gourami?



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Old 03-19-2014, 11:22 AM   #8
 
Yes, just different common names. (:
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:28 AM   #9
 
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Is it the one that looks more like the typical dwarf gourami or the one without the prominent banding? Common names of fish and carnivorous plants drive me nuts - especially salt water fish, and trying to order them from catalogues of different suppliers. Anyways, we're referring to Colisa, as opposed to Trichogaster, and that makes a significant difference as to what can make a meal out of a neon and what probably won't.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:02 PM   #10
 
The bottom photo is a dwarf blue. The top looks like a peacock to me. It's just the various ways they bred the naturally occurring colors in the strain.
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