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post #1 of 33 Old 01-04-2010, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Question need some ideas.....

ok so as many of you know i get and change things up A LOT.... well through a really good deal i have come into a 29 gallon tank and i was looking for some stocking idea's.... we have platties, gouramies, Betta's, guppies (till they go in a trade or i move them to another location), sword tails and corries in various tanks and set ups with the big build getting started in the spring or summer.. so i really dont want any live bearers at this time. at this moment i just want any random ideas and suggestions based on your experience and preferences for this size tank.... please dont suggest a Betta sorority as i have a 20 gal on reserve for that and will be putting that together in a few weeks....

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post #2 of 33 Old 01-04-2010, 09:29 AM
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Were it me, I might be tempted to use the 29 gal for species tank. maybe house a pair of Brichardi Cichlids, or perhaps One jewel cichlid, or a pair of Kribensis.
Could also use the 29 gal depending on water hardness for some small tetras such as Lemon tetras,glowlight tetras,emperor tetras, or similar species that would adapt to your water. Have kept the afore mentioned fish including the cichlids in moderately hard water with ph of 7.4 to 7.5

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hmmmmmm not a huge fan of a one fish tank..... i was considering barbs perhaps ot tetra's or both...... what are peoples feelings about dwarf cichlids???? what are good breeds that get maybe 2-4 inches so i could get 6 or so...

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Kribensis, and Apistogramma Cacatoides are a similar dwarf cichlid that you may enjoy keeping. I'd give them some dither fish such as danios to get them out of hiding (for the Kribensis anyhow). I have a Kribensis in my community tank and she's my favorite fish in there!

Blue Rams would be nice too but they are a demanding fish when it comes to water params. Tiger Barbs are real fun to watch too but if you do get them, make sure you get a school of 7+ so they can spread their aggressiveness between them.
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ohhhhhhh i like the Krib i just looked them up and they seem very cool a bit more challenge to care for than the live bearers ( i want a challenge but not an impossible feat LOL) and they are beautiful!!!!! you think perhaps 4-6 in a 29 would be ok?? again keep the ideas coming i am just looking at the options and gaining clarity before the big research and build

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Not enough room for Four to six kribs if spawning activity should take place. Sure ,five or six juveniles could be housed in the 29 gal but as fish become sexually mature and pairs begin forming, they will be cramped for space and some would need to be removed. IMHO

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makes perfect sense... just asking.... i dont want to get into a new kind of fish and cramp them up.... besides i wont have any chance to move them around until the fish room is build this summer.. soooooo may be not kribs at this point...

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post #8 of 33 Old 01-04-2010, 10:25 AM
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There's nothing to stop you from having a mix of different cichlids in there. I only have a female krib mixed in with Tiger Barbs and Cardinals in a 32 and that works for me. I'm fairly certain that you could keep 1-2 female kribs (females are easier to acclimate to a community I find) and same for apistogrammas. Yellow Labs are supposedly not bad either, and same for the keyhole cichlids. You'll just need to figure out their compatibility with other species and how many to keep...
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post #9 of 33 Old 01-04-2010, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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thinking perhaps a single species.... yellow labs hmmmmm? i will look into those also

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post #10 of 33 Old 01-04-2010, 10:36 AM
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I'd find yellow's to hyper active on a 29g - I had them as a group in the 55g and honestly for a nice size group (cause I don't wanna have only 2-3) I'd get them a bigger tank next time.

So anything that you pretty much don't already have hmmm....

Apistogramma agassizii?
Mikrogeophagus ramirezi ?
Rosy or Tiger Barbs along with nice group Cory?
Congo Tetra?
Nannostomus mortenthaleri ?
Peacock Gudgeon?
Big ole group of Rasbora Heteromorpha?
A puffer set up?

These are my ideas for now, provided you don't have hardcore hard water....googel images see what you like!?

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