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post #1 of 10 Old 12-20-2016, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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New 30 gallon tank

Hello everyone, I would greatly appreciate if someone could comment/ provide suggestions for stocking a planted 30 gallon tank.At the moment it is cycling (fishless) but I'm nearing the end of the cycle so doing a little bit of pre-planning.What I was thinking to add is:-2 x dwarf gourami-5 x dwarf rainbowfish-5 x pearl danio-10 x cardinal tetra-5 x pygmy corywww.aqadvisor.com put this mix at 95% of full capacity.thanks!
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-20-2016, 03:58 PM
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It's always good to preplan. I don't think 2 dwarf gouramis are a good idea since they typically don't get along with each other long term. Were it me I would double the corys. Just make sure you ease up to your final stocking numbers. Even though you're cycle might be able to handle adding the majority of the fish at once, that doesn't make it a prudent thing to do. Slow and steady is the way to go. And if you do not quarantine New fish, then even slower. If you don't quarantine you want to make sure things are stable before adding new fish, and you want to make sure the new fish being added are as close to perfect health as possible. Just takes one fish to kill them all, with the wrong disease. I also don't suggest heavier stocking without the means to quarantine sick fish.


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post #3 of 10 Old 12-21-2016, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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thank you for the suggestions. Will only get 1 dwarf gourami instead. As for the cories, are you suggesting to double the number as they prefer to be in even larger group or you were thinking in term of their efficiency as a clean up crew? If it is the latter, could I add a Siamese algae eater instead?Also, I was wondering if there was an order that would be preferable when the time comes to slowly introducing the little guys to the tank.thanks again!
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-21-2016, 11:09 AM
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With regards to the Pygmy corys, I meant the former.

I don't know that there's a best order to introduce them. I think a lot of people would say to add the DG last, to try to prevent any type of ownership of the tank before the rest of the fish go in. I don't think that DGs require that the same way some other more aggressive fish do. So I guess one school at a time would be my suggestion.


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90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-22-2016, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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That make sense. I've been rethinking my stocking. Here's the new suggestions. What do you think about it? Is it balanced for the mix (top-mid-bottom), good visual?- 1 x dwarf gourami- 10 x tail spot pygmy cory- 8 x rummynose tetra- 1 x fancy guppy- 2 x German blue ram- 1 x swordtailthanks again for the advice. Much appreciated.
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That make sense. I've been rethinking my stocking. Here's the new suggestions. What do you think about it? Is it balanced for the mix (top-mid-bottom), good visual?- 1 x dwarf gourami- 10 x tail spot pygmy cory- 8 x rummynose tetra- 1 x fancy guppy- 2 x German blue ram- 1 x swordtail thanks again for the advice. Much appreciated.
I would scrap the guppy and swordtail, that both social fish and do require a small group to be happy.
- the gourami will occupy the top, but will actively swim throughout the entire tank column.
- cories will stay at the bottom
- rummies will stay in the mid-bottom
- rams will stay at the bottom.

(So it is a bit crowded at the bottom, if you get a breeding pair of rams; they probably will take up a bit of floor space. I would suggest other tetra species or even having a school of guppies instead.)

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post #7 of 10 Old 12-22-2016, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. So it seems that I have to pick between the rummynose and the ram to free up some space near the bottom. Say I remove the ram, what would you suggest?
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-23-2016, 11:00 AM
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My neons and glowlight tetras are always in the bottom third of the tank. I don't know if that is normal though. :) A group of them would go very nicely with your other fish.

I think you've made a good choice with stepping away from the rams. I tried rams in my 30 gallon a few years back and they terrorized each other and my other fish. Buy maybe I just had psycho rams too!
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-23-2016, 11:03 AM
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Yes that's normal of both.


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Ok. So it seems that I have to pick between the rummynose and the ram to free up some space near the bottom. Say I remove the ram, what would you suggest?
Sorry, I mean it could potentially work but rams are one of these fish that depends on the individual on how territorial they are during breeding. At most, have a back up plan available to keep the rams in or to rehome the rummies if things get too out of hand. Heavily planting the tank had having numerous caves and driftwood pieces will help curb the aggression - and form natural "borders".

But if you get two females (I'd suggest two females instead of males) they will eventually claim their own territory in the tank, and IMO would be fine with the rummies.

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