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Need advice: good begginer fish and plants?
Old 08-24-2010, 01:53 PM   #21
 
As for stocking, I was thinking bout building the community round a group of bout 7 fancy Guppys.
A Bristlenose Pleco for the bottom, or some midget otos instead. Would they clean the bottom even tho they're middle to top dwellers?
How would a single Dwarf Gourami work with that?
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:04 PM   #22
 
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As i am not an expert i cant give you sound advice but im getting a 94 litre tank and this is my stocking list:
3 honey gouramis female
6 corydoras's
clown pleco
4 guppys male

I was going to get a bristle nose but the bioload would be to large
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:08 PM   #23
 
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What are the dimensions, of your tank?? AN the make and filter if possible??
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:32 PM   #24
 
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As for stocking, I was thinking bout building the community round a group of bout 7 fancy Guppys.
A Bristlenose Pleco for the bottom, or some midget otos instead. Would they clean the bottom even tho they're middle to top dwellers?
How would a single Dwarf Gourami work with that?
Otos I would hold off on until the tank is established. They may not live if there is no algae for them, they feed on algae in their habitat; while they will in time become accustomed to sinking foods, veggies, etc., at first they are likely half starved (otos are all wild caught) and without good algae frequently die. So wait and see on those. And no, they are not much for cleaning the bottom. They graze plant leaves, wood, rock, the tank glass--all for algae.

A pleco--be careful here. Some are 3-4 inches, but many are much larger. The common pleco is 18 inches and would destroy your tank. Also, they produce a lot of waste. Nothing again plecos, I have a beauty in my 115g, but not something I would grab first off. The BN plecos are nice.

I would be careful about a gourami in with guppies. The gourami may become the target of nipping, or the gourami may go after the guppies.
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:48 PM   #25
 
My plan to start introducing fish is after the tank is fully cycled, then I'd add one species of fish per week or so.
For algae eaters I meant either oto or bristlenose pleco (common pleco I read gets huge so sticking to smallest I can find) and even then only adding them after i see algae build up. Should there be no algae I might just skip these two and think of some other bottom dweller.

What fish exactly I'd put in is all still in the air since I hadn't bought any and would have to be hunting the ones I wanted round the shops for few days after deciding what we want anyway.
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:49 PM   #26
 
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What are the dimensions, of your tank?? AN the make and filter if possible??
u can see most of that info under my aquarium tab under my name on the left...

Otherwise it's Ferplast Capri 80 you can find that set on Ferplast site
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:53 PM   #27
 
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Otos I would hold off on until the tank is established. They may not live if there is no algae for them, they feed on algae in their habitat; while they will in time become accustomed to sinking foods, veggies, etc., at first they are likely half starved (otos are all wild caught) and without good algae frequently die. So wait and see on those. And no, they are not much for cleaning the bottom. They graze plant leaves, wood, rock, the tank glass--all for algae.

A pleco--be careful here. Some are 3-4 inches, but many are much larger. The common pleco is 18 inches and would destroy your tank. Also, they produce a lot of waste. Nothing again plecos, I have a beauty in my 115g, but not something I would grab first off. The BN plecos are nice.

I would be careful about a gourami in with guppies. The gourami may become the target of nipping, or the gourami may go after the guppies.

Hmmm my aim with gourami was to have a somewhat larger fish in the middleish section, that wouldn't be aggresive. That was the one I found, to have similar demands with water and it's said to be peaceful. Any other idea for it's place then?

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Old 08-24-2010, 05:02 PM   #28
 
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Hmmm my aim with gourami was to have a somewhat larger fish in the middleish section, that wouldn't be aggresive. That was the one I found, to have similar demands with water and it's said to be peaceful. Any other idea for it's place then?

Cheers
A honey gourami might be better from the perspective of a gourami, and in your 26g (100 l) tank you could have a small group. The problem though is still that from the guppies; they can be nippy with any fish that has flowing fins (angels, gourami, betta etc).
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:11 AM   #29
 
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Thnx for the dimensions urs seems to be smaller than mine!!? Even though urs is more capacity but smaller?
Mines 94l and 80 by 35 by 40 (eheim aquastar 80)
@ Byron i was just wandering because u seem one of the knowledgable people on here, would my stock list be ok??3
honey gouramis female
6 corydoras's
clown pleco/ bristlenosed pleco
4 guppys male
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:38 AM   #30
 
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Thnx for the dimensions urs seems to be smaller than mine!!? Even though urs is more capacity but smaller?
Mines 94l and 80 by 35 by 40 (eheim aquastar 80)
@ Byron i was just wandering because u seem one of the knowledgable people on here, would my stock list be ok??3
honey gouramis female
6 corydoras's
clown pleco/ bristlenosed pleco
4 guppys male

Did u calculate our dimension and why not? You'd see mine is in fact smaller. But I measured it, manufacturers dimensions tend to make rounder numbers on size.
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