07-30-2012, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
You asked me to comment, so here I am.
Picking up on a point from the other thread, I would not include Emperor Tetra due to their activity and boisterous nature. The other characins (tetra and hatchets) are fine.
The Panda Garra I do not well know, but I have read that smaller groups may be better, 4-5; it establishes a pecking order. I might caution about otos with these, only from the perspective of competing for the aufwuchs biofilms, essential to the Garra. The pleco carries similar questions. I am of the view that when one is housing such specific feeders, it is best to keep just one type.
The cichlids i covered in the other thread, but for the benefit of other readers here, will just summarize that one species per aquarium is best. Females when spawning can be rough to other cichlids especially, and they tend to get a bee in their bonnet for other fish sometimes that they perceive as a threat--thinking the Garra, loaches, catfish in general. These are the fish that almost always get the eggs or the young, as they are active at night (not sure about the Garra on this).
I may then just up the amount of Garra to around 5 and hold off on the otos. Would you suggest not getting the kuhli loaches then? If you were going to redo this tank, having a sense of what is being looked for throughout he prior stocking list, what would you do?