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post #1 of 28 Old 01-26-2011, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking a 5 gallon fish tank???

this is what i wan tto do:
2 albino cory cats
1 dwarf gourami
3 guppies
2 cherry barbs

good?

and in a 2 gallon tank my sister wants some shrimp and 3 glow fish.

r these stocking ideas okay? thanks
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post #2 of 28 Old 01-26-2011, 09:06 PM
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Switch the albino cories to either otos or Corydoras hastatus or Corydoras habrosus. If you want to keep male fancy guppies, then you cannot combine any gouramis there. They tend to view the guppies as their rivals due to their flashy fins. It's either guppies or gouramis for you.

And the 2g cannot house the glowlights. They like to be in groups with large space. Shrimps only or find some colored ramshorn snails. They're available in red, blue, leopard and ivory.

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this is what i wan tto do:
2 albino cory cats
1 dwarf gourami
3 guppies
2 cherry barbs

good?

and in a 2 gallon tank my sister wants some shrimp and 3 glow fish.

r these stocking ideas okay? thanks
In my honest opinion in a 5 gallon tank I would not do any of the fish you are suggesting except maybe 3 guppys but then only if they are all male. Corys needs to be in groups of at least 3 and cherry barbs need lots of room to swim. And for the 2 gallon the only thing I would put in there are shrimp or a single betta.

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post #4 of 28 Old 01-27-2011, 01:55 AM
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3 guppies would work, if they were all male. If you wanted some fry you could get 1m and 2f. Keep in mind, though, that that is about 30 fry per month, per female and they do eat their young.

The smallest tank I'd ever put a dwarf gourami in is a 15g tank. They like to live in pairs/groups, and they are pretty sensitive to water quality, they just can't live in a 5 gallon tank.

Personally, I don't support the trade of Glowfish (which are Zebra Danios injected with Jellyfish DNA), but I would never want to see any in a tank smaller than 36" long (I think a 30g would match that description). They are SUPER active and without enough swimming room, they wont be able to gather the proper amount of oxygen with there gills to support their metabolisms. Zebra Danios (and Glowfish) also require a group of at least 6.

If you get cories, don't go below 3. IMO, they really need 5 for one species or 3 of each for multiple species minimum. I wouldn't even include cories in a 5g tank, though.

Go with some guppies! I reciently got 1 male and 2 female guppy and I love them! The male's name is Washington.

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post #5 of 28 Old 01-27-2011, 08:18 AM
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which are Zebra Danios injected with Jellyfish DNA
Not injected; its a genetic manipulation carried out on single cells, where jellyfish DNA that produces a flouresence is combined with zebra danio DNA in a laboratory. No adult fish are involved in this, only single egg cells. From this egg a coloured fish is produced which can be bred as normal (I used to be a geneticist!)
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Agree with the advice so far



Not injected; its a genetic manipulation carried out on single cells, where jellyfish DNA that produces a flouresence is combined with zebra danio DNA in a laboratory. No adult fish are involved in this, only single egg cells. From this egg a coloured fish is produced which can be bred as normal (I used to be a geneticist!)
+1 nothing wrong with glofish. The are a GMO and one of many many GMO that are common.

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post #7 of 28 Old 01-27-2011, 09:57 AM
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I would stick with a guppy tank since it is so small. The cherry barbs I have love to stay as a group and love to hang out in my planted area alot. in a tank of that size it would not leave much room for them.

This is just my opinion as I know I haven't stocked my tank properly ;)
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post #8 of 28 Old 01-27-2011, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Switch the albino cories to either otos or Corydoras hastatus or Corydoras habrosus. If you want to keep male fancy guppies, then you cannot combine any gouramis there. They tend to view the guppies as their rivals due to their flashy fins. It's either guppies or gouramis for you.

And the 2g cannot house the glowlights. They like to be in groups with large space. Shrimps only or find some colored ramshorn snails. They're available in red, blue, leopard and ivory.
iiwll get rid of the guppies then. and i can get one of the cory cats you said. could i do this:
1 dwarf gourami
2 cory cats
4 cherry barbs/ or i can do cardinal tetras

i will talk to my sister about the glowfish. maybe she can get a 5 gallon tank too.

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iiwll get rid of the guppies then. and i can get one of the cory cats you said. could i do this:
1 dwarf gourami
2 cory cats
4 cherry barbs/ or i can do cardinal tetras

i will talk to my sister about the glowfish. maybe she can get a 5 gallon tank too.
Your five gallon is to small for all the fish you are trying to put in it cherry barbs and cardinals both need lots of room to swim. You might and that's a very big might be okay if you do the dwarf gourami and 3 dwarf/pygmy corys not regular size corys. The corys will not be happy in a group of less than 3 they will be stressed which can lead to illness and maybe early death. Also a 5 gallon for your sister will still be to small for the glofish they need lots of room to swim to.

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post #10 of 28 Old 01-27-2011, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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charry barbs OR cxardinal tetras. one of the two.

pygmy cories arent available at my local petstore.
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