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Stocking advice for 30 gallon
Old 02-19-2009, 06:44 PM   #11
 
agreed. discus are very temperamental about their water parameters, temperature, diet, ect. if youre gonna go with discus, i would suggest a discus only tank so they get the care they require
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:43 PM   #12
 
dicus are amazing, and worth it if you keep them alive tho!
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:43 AM   #13
 
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I gave you my views regarding the angel. One angel or a bonafide pair will work but you'll have to give up the snail and guppies. As for discus, you need to stick with a bonafide pair which will cost you a lot of money. Have you done further study on them? They need your commitment more than any fish.
Okay, I was just wondering if there was an issue with the angels themselves, nothing's set in stone. I wouldn't get the discus for a few months until the tank is established. I don't mind the money- I'm getting most of the tank setup for free. The commitment's not really an issue,either. I guess I'll have a better idea in a few months.

I would love to do an all discus tank someday, that sounds like fun.

So a full grown pair of silver dollars would be too big for a 30 gallon then? I know the 1" per gallon rule, but is there a general rule about how big a full grown adult should be to be comfortable in a 30 gallon? And in general,would a small school of guppies and a small school of tetras be okay? If so, what else would do well with them?
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:57 AM   #14
 
What about Paradise Fish, if I didn't do guppies? Those with tetras (not really small tetras). It sounds like they're pretty hardy.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:01 AM   #15
 
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1" per gallon is a rule in the same way, "Always run red lights is a rule," it's not and it'd be horrible even if it was.

Stocking is far more complicated than just a simple thing like that. First off consider your tank. It's about 20" cubed. A single silver dollar tetra can get to be 8" and they're tall too boot. Would an 8" long and 6" tall fish be happy in a tank that's only 20" on a side? No, it wouldn't. Even if your biofilter could support it its not a good idea.

Sorry, I just have a major issue with the 1" per gallon thing.

Anyways, guppies and small tetras would work out just fine. In a gank shaped like yours I'd stick to smaller tetras and with guppies the less nippy varieties. Personally I like neons. Plenty of fish can go in your tank with them. Platys, smaller rasboras like harlequins. You've got enough floor space to consider a small school of smaller corys like pandas. You could even go with a dwarf cichlid like a german blue ram.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:02 AM   #16
 
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The inch per gallon rule is flawed. I didn't realize you have silver dollars. If these are spotted silver dollars, they're fine otherwise you'll have to replace them to make sure you get the smallest species, being the spotted silver dollars.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:13 AM   #17
 
I didn't mean to imply that that I thought the 1" per gallon was a good rule,just that it was the only one I'd heard. The fish profiles I'd looked at said 30 gallons for a silver dollar, so I didn't realize it would be an issue- they also didn't say 8 inches for full grown size, though, so maybe they were talking about the spotted ones Lupin mentioned? Anyway, if they're that big, it's a different story. (And Lupin,don't worry, I don't actually have anything yet).

Which would be the best to put in first after the tank is cycled? I've heard some of the smaller tetras aren't the best for that, is that true?
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:23 AM   #18
 
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Smaller tetras aren't good to expose to a cycle. Once the tank is cycled they should do fine.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:33 PM   #19
 
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Spotted silver dollars 3-4 inches max. The regular silver dollars are 5-6 inches. Myleus rubripinnis is 8 inches and over.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:13 PM   #20
 
actually the "rule" refers to 1 square inch/gal. but youre right, its complete BS. its just a guideline for novice keepers, and doesnt really take any factors into account
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