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New 29g tank. What fish should I put in it?
Old 09-07-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
 
New 29g tank. What fish should I put in it?

So I got a new 29g tank from the pet store. I have everything needed to run the tank properly. Now it is time to fill it with fish. What kind of fish are good for a community tank? I was hoping to have a few Bala Sharks, but I've been told that my tank is too small (even though my parents had healthy Balas for years with a 29g). So what different fish can I put in there that will get along? Tell me a variety of good fish that would enjoy my 29g! When telling me what fish, tell me how many total I should have. Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:27 PM   #2
 
you may want to find out water perimeters first. specifically, pH and hardness. those are not things you can safely and reliably adjust and can make a major difference in what fish you can have. since i believe you don't live there yet, you can try to check with the water provider for hardness, and that can be fairly indicative of the pH (soft water=lower pH, hard water= higher pH).
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:34 PM   #3
 
Some of my personal favorites in a community tank are Zebra Danio and Black Skirts aka Black Widow Tetra. You could also look into Harlequin Rasbora and a Blue Gourami or one of it's colour variants. Corydora catfish would work for substrate feeders. Possible even a small Pleco. Make sure it is one that stays small like a bristlenose Pleco. Many will grow up to 2'.

8 Danio
8 Black Skirt(or White Skirt)
8 Harlequin Rasbora
10 cory

This Should provide a nice tank. You can replace the Black Skirts with another tetra, theres probably hundreds of different ones. You can look at some of them in our Profiles under Characins.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:35 PM   #4
 
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you may want to find out water perimeters first. specifically, pH and hardness. those are not things you can safely and reliably adjust and can make a major difference in what fish you can have. since i believe you don't live there yet, you can try to check with the water provider for hardness, and that can be fairly indicative of the pH (soft water=lower pH, hard water= higher pH).
exactly. I'll be glad to help you when you know the parameters.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:36 PM   #6
 
besides the tank water levels, what kind of fish make good tankmates for a 29g tank? Let's say that my tank had perfectly fine water levels, what kind of fish should I get? If I had some variety of tetras, what other fish go good with tetras?
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:34 PM   #7
 
It does depend on what kind of tetra. Some are known to be fin nippers and cant be placed with longer fin fish.

The issue is if you're buying fish in one town and moving away, the difference in water can kill them. You need to find out the PH and hardness from both places.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:49 PM   #8
 
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not to be rude but "perfectly fine" isnt a parameter. PH is perfectly fine if its 5-9 but certain fish cant live in 5 or 9. If you bring some water to your LFS they will test the params for you, make sure you get numbers and not the "its all cool" sign.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:43 AM   #9
 
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First off, welcome JordynMurdock to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad you joined us.

Now, to your question. I'm going to explain compatibility, as you sound like a fairly new fishkeeper, so pardon me if this is old news; but it is the essence of success in this hobby, and many fail by not heeding this.

"Compatibility" in fish for a community aquarium--a "community" aquarium is one with more than one species of fish--involves many facets.

Water parameters are of prime importance, as other members have mentioned; some fish are somewhat adaptable to certain ranges, other fish are not. We have fish profiles, under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, and each contains a section of "ideal water parameters" which has the acceptable safe range for that species and includes specific comments where appropriate. Parameters includes hardness, pH and temperature, and all are important.

Filtration. Not all fish can live healthily with the same water movement, and this is largely determined by the filter. This also is noted in the fish profiles. Mixing fish that need quiet water, such as gourami, in with fish that need a current, such as hillstream loach, will always end in failure and death of one of them.

Decor. Not as crucial for most fish, but some have needs, such as lots of hiding spots under wood or in caves or rock crevices. Some need wood. Some need plants (real or artificial).

Light. Most are forest fish from quite dimly-lit waters. Bright light can be highly stressful [more on stress momentarily]. Having the minimum light intensity for the aquarium [live plants sometimes determine this] is the first step, plus using floating plants, branches, etc.

Fish. Some need to be in groups (called shoaling fish), some need to be in pairs, some singly. This has to be considered when deciding on species because obviously the size of the aquarium will affect numbers. Many have specific behaviours that restrict tankmates; you cannot successfully combine active feisty fish like danio and most barbs with slow-swimming sedate fish like gourami or angelfish. Then there are behaviours; not all fish are well-mannered.

Last comment is on stress. All of the above factors, if not suited to the fish, cause stress. Stress in fish, as in humans, weakens the immune system. Result, the fish will be less healthy and more likely to get sick. And die prematurely. It is proven fact that reducing or eliminating stress is a guarantee to healthier fish. And that is much more rewarding and less stressful for the aquarist too.

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