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Stocking Ideas for a 44G
Old 04-11-2009, 04:44 PM   #21
 
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Your current choices 1 Angelfish "6 = 6 inches
8 Serpae tetras "2 = 16 inches
6 Corys= "2-3" = 12 inches

You have about 34" of fish in your tank with this selection if your Corys only grow to 2" max. Some get to be 3" or 3 1/2 depending on type. You need to research what type you want to get. I like going by the 1" per gallon rule . You have about 10" worth of fish if you go by this rule. Understocking is better then overstocking that's why I like this rule. You can put 5 more 2" fish in the tank I have Gold dust mollies in mine they are a bright yellow color but they are only male They are( livebearers) so I do not want any females. Any pairs of livebearers or trios will make excess babies but the Angelfish will eat the babies so you can go that way also once the Angel gets big enough to eat the baby fry.

The inch per gallon rule rarely ever works. It is just a selling tool that pet stores like to use. You couldn't fit two 12" oscars(only 24" total) in your tank(not even one for that matter), but on the same token you could put 60-70 tetras in your tank and be just fine. Tetras look great in large groups, so I would add 4-6 more serpaes and add another group(6-10) of a different type(rummynose, neon, cardinal, x-ray). You will have 52" of fish and still possibly be understocked with only standard(5x HOB) filtration. If you had double HOBs or a canister filter rated for larger tanks, you would have no problem adding more cories and possibly another group of tetras provided there would still be room in the water column.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:20 PM   #22
 
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The inch per gallon rule rarely ever works. It is just a selling tool that pet stores like to use. You couldn't fit two 12" oscars(only 24" total) in your tank(not even one for that matter), but on the same token you could put 60-70 tetras in your tank and be just fine. Tetras look great in large groups, so I would add 4-6 more serpaes and add another group(6-10) of a different type(rummynose, neon, cardinal, x-ray). You will have 52" of fish and still possibly be understocked with only standard(5x HOB) filtration. If you had double HOBs or a canister filter rated for larger tanks, you would have no problem adding more cories and possibly another group of tetras provided there would still be room in the water column.
Wow- thanks, very helpful! So you are saying that:

1 aneglfish
11 Serpae
8 neon tetras
8 cories

will be okay?
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:30 PM   #23
 
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That sounds like it will work.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:55 PM   #24
 
thanks
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:25 PM   #25
 
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Large schools of tetras do look nice. I have 6 Harlequen Rasboras that school around with 4 dwarf rainbow fish, and the 7 glow light tetras school together and sometimes they all school together.Some mollies get really big. Black sailfins get up to 6 1/2 ", Black mollies 3", Dalmations 4", Balloon mollies "3, But I have a tiny balloon male in my tank that I have had for over a year and he is small. You asked about Gouramis Dwarf Gouramis get 2" max, reg Gouramis get about 4". I forgot to tell you I got a Bushy nosed Pleco that does a great job in cleaning my tank of algae. It is one of the best fish I've ever got. It will only grow to about 4" max.

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Old 04-12-2009, 03:22 AM   #26
 
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hi
glad you want a larger group of serpaes,they can be a mean fish.
rummy nosed tetra look really nice in a large group,i found mine always
swam together which always looks nice,i found the neons/cardinals to often go
there seperate ways around the tank.
cichlids are an agressive fish when they get older,mine at the moment
are under an inch and beg at the tank to be fed like puppies.
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:35 AM   #27
 
Thank you all!
Also, is it wise to add a few snails to my tank to sift the sand?
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:04 PM   #28
 
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personally i like the MTS snail,i have some in my tank but not many
as the loaches eat them,so i have a colony living in my filter.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:06 AM   #29
 
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Thank you all!
Also, is it wise to add a few snails to my tank to sift the sand?
MTS are fine. What's the planned stock so far?
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:48 AM   #30
 
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MTS are fine. What's the planned stock so far?
1 angelfish
11 Serpae
8 neon tetras
8 cories
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