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New Tank setup/stocking quetions
Old 07-30-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
 
New Tank setup/stocking quetions

hi all

im new to fish keeping and i need some advise, i recently purchased an elite 60 liter tank and i plan for it to be a planted tank with micro gravel substrate, bog wood and a bubble wall and stock it with small shoaling communal fish.

ok so 1st question is i plan to have 2 filters in it 1: a basic sponge filter (air pump) and 2: a smart internal filer that does 600L/H, so is this to much filtration and or will it create to much current in my tank?

2nd question: what are the best/easiest plants to have in it? (i don't really like the plants that need to be weighted/tied down)

3rd: the fish im planing on getting are ether:

Top:
harlequin rasbora OR neon rainbowfish OR (?zebra danio?) x5

Top/Mid:
rummynose tetra OR ember tetra x5

Mid/Bottom:
cherry barb OR any other mid/bottom barbs x5

Bottom:
dainty cory OR pygmy cory x5

ok so that would be 20 small fish, what do u recommend i get or are there better fish ive not listed and are the numbers ok?


Sorry for the long questions but id greatly appreciate any advise u may have for me.

thanks
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
 
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Welcome to the forum

The neon rainbows and danios are way too big and active for such a small tank. For a ~15 gallon tank, I would only go with the dwarf corys, a school of ember tetras and a centerpiece fish, like a dwarf gourami.

On a 60L tank, you should only need one filter. 600 L/h is plenty. Internal filters don't hold too much media, but there will be plants in the tank so the combination ought to be able to handle that bioload just fine.
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:04 AM   #3
 
ty for the info, im not sure about the gourami there a bit to big for me (lol) i like would like lots of small fish over 1 big fish. here is a link to a site that calculates what fish u can have in ur tank:

AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor

is this info accurate cause it says that i can do this?
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:21 AM   #4
 
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Dwarf gouramis are pretty small. If you want to go smaller there are sparkling gouramis.

I was not able to see your aqadvisor link. I remember when the guy first made that site. It's just a tool - just because it says something is okay doesn't mean that it will be okay. There's more to stocking than algorithms.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:39 AM   #5
 
ahh i c, right well do u no if gourami shoal and what level of water they prefer? ill see if my LFS has them.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:34 AM   #6
 
You could also look into honey gourami, I think that is a type of dwarf... They were suggested to me as a gourami suitable to a small tank.
Just another idea. :) Good luck with your tank!
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:50 PM   #7
 
just back from my LFS and ive decided against gourami they r just a little to big for me as i said, i think im definatly getting the harlequins and the cories so it comes down to cherry barbs or rummynose tetras or both. ive also found out that my tap water is VERY acidic can i use bottled still water to nutrify it?
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:04 PM   #8
 
Personally, I like the cherry barbs. But whatever you like! How acidic is "VERY acidic"?
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:24 PM   #9
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Welcome to the forum!

I'm waiting to hear what you mean by very acidic as well. My aquariums all run in the low 6s or below and my fish are fine. I chose the fish for that though. It's much easier than trying to mess with your water.

I'm personally a fan of nano fish and big shoals of them. I'd personally recommend against 4 shoals in a tank the size you have. That's just me though since I feel it looks more natural. I'm going to hold off on suggesting/picking fish though until I hear about your water.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:26 PM   #10
 
its the highest it can go on the api test kit, think its 7.5 or 7.6 and strangely there was no reaction to the ammonia test the water stayed clear :$ don't no what happend there lol (water from my 12 liter gold fish tank, not related to my 60liter btw)

yeah cherry barbs are nice but i read that they can be a bit nippy?

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