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post #1 of 23 Old 01-08-2010, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Possible fish for a 29 gallon, advice please!

Okay, I think I have a suitable list of fish for my 29 gallon tank. It includes odd fish that will catch the eye of the viewer, and the fish are pretty small. I'm thinking of having:

5 upside down catfish
6 american flagfish
7 blind cave tetras

Not sure about the blind cave tetras, they might be hard to find. But please tell me if this is overstocking, or if it's okay. I am not planning on adding any of my other fish, I'm getting rid of them. I'll be sad to see them go. Here's the link to AQadvisor.com: fish list
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-08-2010, 06:20 PM
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That's gotta be the best idea I seen so far
Bare in mind with these very Tetra, contrary to most Tetra, these one's pref Temp between 68-77F so not too warm for them pls.
As for the number/ stocking: I'd prop go 3 catfish (so they'd still have good amount room as adults) 4 Flagfish and 6 Tetra

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post #3 of 23 Old 01-08-2010, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, new list. I'm ordering from That Fish Place, and their american flagfish are out of stock, so I'm changing to x-ray tetras instead. I'm overstocking a little because I'm planning on some fish dying in the new tank, because things haven't been going very well. Here's the new list.

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Why would you plan on them dieing, that ain't a good approach
I actually like the Tetra set up better then the Tetra& Flag fish set up.

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post #5 of 23 Old 01-08-2010, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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The only reason I plan on some dying is because I'm having trouble cycling my tank, and I fear, in the worst-case scenario, that the ammonia I used may have some additives, even though it says "clear ammonia". And since I'm not planning on having a peacock eel anymore, it's okay for the gravel to get dirty, so I'm reverting back to fish food.
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-08-2010, 07:20 PM
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Naw, if you're cycling right now, keeping adding fish foods and keep testing water and stock them after your parameters drop again, you'll do just fine. Don't worry Some tanks are just 'funny' and don't wanna cycle as quickly as we want them to

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post #7 of 23 Old 01-08-2010, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I just solved one problem, now I've found a home for all the old fish that will get too big!
The guy's a breeder who lives a good distance away from me, but he'll take good care of the fish. As soon as I get back from a funeral over the weekend, I'm going to meet him and give him the fish. Unfortunately, my mom never was very enthusiastic about my fishkeeping hobby, so she's making me take down my 10 gallon. Maybe the money I make from selling that will compensate for a part of the fish and driftwood. Not sure if I'll get plants, I'm really low on money, but as soon as I do have the money, I'll add some great plants!

And on the catfish, the only reason I had 5 is because AQadvisor.com recommended a group of at least 5.

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post #8 of 23 Old 01-08-2010, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so a question on the x-ray tetras:
I'm buying everything from thatfishplace.com, and they have a choice: normal x-ray tetras or gold x-ray tetras. I would like a little variety, but I'm fine with getting all of one kind if I can breed them. I would really like experience in breeding fish, and my guppies never bred. So can these two types inter-breed, or can they and it's just bad, or should I go with all of one or the other? I think gold tetras would not exactly be see-through, as their name, x-ray tetras, suggests, but the normal kind doesn't look see-through in pictures. So what should I get?

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why did you think it was a good idea to keep going over the top of the tank
when you realized you couldn't breathe outside water?
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Do you live in PA? I live not far from That Pet Place/That Fish Place. One comment, my one friend had bought a group of five of the blind cave tetras. They are VERY VERY VERY active, so much so that it scared his other fish into hiding. They swam into his slower fish all the time, they uprooted things, and caused general chaos. They swim at all levels, mostly bottom/middle. He ended up returning them. They are really cool fish, but keep in mind their behavior. As for the X-Ray tetras, the Gold ones are a breed of the same species. They can breed together, the Gold and the regulars, but you'll create somewhat different looking tetras if you breed them. Both are see through, but the colored parts on the gold x-ray tetra are well...more golden.

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post #10 of 23 Old 01-08-2010, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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No, I live in AL, but I can order online. I'm just having some trouble. They want me to pay shipping for two different orders! No matter if I order the two different kinds of x-ray tetras or one kind, they want to ship the upside down catfish separately! Why?!

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