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Question about finishing up stocking my 28 gal.
Old 04-30-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
 
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Question about finishing up stocking my 28 gal.

Hey, I haven't stopped by the forum for a while because I've been busy and my aquarium has been pretty quiet as far as any dramatic events are concerned. My tank crashed about six months ago and i was never able to determine an issue (I'd added plants and driftwood so something must've happened there.. not sure what). I lost quite a few of my fish at the time, but aince then everyone remaining has been doing very well. I finally felt confident in adding some new fish and plants.

First, what I started out with was some floating pennywort, a few anubias nana, and a grass plant.. I don't recall the name.. I had five rummynose tetras, five harlequin rasboras, and three false julii cories.

At this point, I removed the unknown grass plant and replaced it with some vals (Italian), I ordered some Java moss and plan on attaching it to some rocks for a foreground plant.

I first added some ghost shrimp since they're cheap and fairly sensitive so I figured they would be a good indication of any issues with the water. The fish store gave me 15, two died, but the rest have been fine since then. Quite a few are even cherried. I think added two more rasboras since they're supposed to be fairly hardy and they have been fine. A week later (this weekend) I brought home two more cories. So, at this point I've got 5 false juliis, 7 harlys, and 7 rummies. I know that I at least need to add more rummies, I want to have at least 11 rummies.

I was curious if I should stop there, or add more.. I'm sortof debating on adding something like a sparkling gourami. I previously had Blue Rams in the tank but they didn't survive the crash and I did like having a larger fish in there too, but I'd like something that can thrive at lower temps. Other than adding about 6 rummies I'm not sure where I can go from here. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
 
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You could probably do a small group of sparkling gourami.
If you're looking for more of a centerpiece, I'd go for a male honey gourami. They're more peaceful than dwarfs. Maybe a badis or scarlet badis?
What temperature is your water? What are your pH and hardness?
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:52 PM   #3
 
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You could probably do a small group of sparkling gourami.
If you're looking for more of a centerpiece, I'd go for a male honey gourami. They're more peaceful than dwarfs. Maybe a badis or scarlet badis?
What temperature is your water? What are your pH and hardness?

Well, I actually went to the fish store yesterday and picked up dwarf gourami.. Crap, lol.. did I go wrong? I haven't notice the slightest bit of aggression and I did only get one which I read should be fine. The only places I have seen Honeys recently have been the bad stores. I let my little cousin pick which fish to get (with a bit of direction.. he was pretty set on me getting Nemo lol).. I was going to get some sparkling gourami until I saw how teeny tiny they are. I felt they'd just get lost in my tank. The gourami I got seems happy enough. He was named Bob because my cousin said that's what he'll do when he dies.. lol apparently he's experienced in fish death cause his betta suffered a poor fate :(

My water temp is.. I believe at 78. I had a blue ram in there and I've been lowering the temp since then. I think I will still lower it to maybe 77.. ph is usually about 6.6, I haven't checked in a while because I haven't added much that would change the ph. I have very, very soft slightly acidic tap water. I have never been able to locate the specifics online, but found a few neighboring areas water parameters and they're all soft as well. My LFS says my water is softer.

I hadn't really paid much attention to gouramis before for some reason. Then when I read their profiles I realized that my tank would be very much suited for one with the low lighting and surface plants as well as my water params. Correct me if I'm wrong though.. They really are pretty though, the coloring almost reminds me of a discus.. and I don't see a discus tank in my future any time soon so I can settle for this lol

I love the scarlet badis too but didn't see any this time. I will have consider one for a future tank. :)
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
 
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Well, as long as he's not being too aggressive, it should be fine.
He has a lot of space, so that helps a lot too. Glad it worked out for you. :)
Lol, Bob. What a sad name.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #5
 
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Yes.. Bob is a sad name. Don't think I'll call him that unless the kid visits lol..

Still no aggression in the tank at all. He hangs out mostly in the plants, either the vals in the back or exploring in the pennywort floating at the top. I have never seen him chase anyone, and my rasboras and tetras swim near him pretty frequently.

I did even more research on the fish after your reply.. I had looked to make sure it'd be compatible for my tank but didn't read about the dwarf gourami disease.. now that has me worried. Ugh. Well, he looks healthy and is eating well still, and they had been in the fish store for a couple weeks. I'll have to keep an eye.. hopefully keeping the water clean and fish well fed will avoid any issues. :/
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