Originally Posted by Limeylemon
I've had a lot of illness in my tank recently, has resulted in my population of fish just about halving.
ITS ALL CLEAR NOW! :D
Once i have finished with the redecoration which will be in about a month i am considering adding new fish again.
I currently have 2 platy, 2 glass catfish, 1 honey gourami (lost his buddy during the plague) 5 guppies, 6 black phantom tetras and 3 corys.
(its a 34g)
What should i add, I'm thinking another honey gourami or 2 but not sure, and filling out the tetra shoal again. Is there any other fish, which would go good in a heavily planted tank (no plant eaters please)
any ideas? Weird and wonderful fish? Strange but don't grow more than about 5cm?
Your water used for water changes pH,GH(general hardness), KH (carbonate hardness), should dictate what fishes will thrive in the water you can most easily re-produce without use of any chemical's or buffer's.
I think, given that recent illness was reported,that you are wise to wait a month before adding new fish.
You can use this time to research fishes that interest you, and see if they would be suitable for water you have.
Alway's easier to keep fishes that enjoy the water you have, than it is to adjust water to suit the fish.
The Honey gourami,tetra's,glass cat's ,all prefer neutral to soft water, pH 6.2 to 7.2 while the platy's need hard,alkaline water,pH 7.5 to 8.0 woulod be bout right.
Gourami prefer's warm, 78 to 80 degree's F while the other's you list prefer cooler temps 72 degree's to 75 degree's F.
Glass cat's ,also appreciate moderate current that tetra's and platy's would not mind too much, but Gourami prefer less current to near none.
Many thing's to consider if long term health of the fish you purchase is the goal as it should,, in my view be.
Otherwise,, we become simply collector's of fish that if they do poorly,or die,,we simply replace them.
Much easier to learn to keep fishes healthy for the long haul so we can enjoy them, as opposed to medicating/replacing them.
Not trying to admonish you in any way, or sell you anything,, just sharing my thought's that may or may not be of help .