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Old 03-02-2014, 11:42 AM   #1
 
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Hi, I'm a beginner so I may be way off here but would the following be ok in a 65 litre (17 US gallons) tank?

2 honey gourami
6 cardinal tetra
4 peppered cory

PH 7.2. DH 11.8. Gravel substrate.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:15 PM   #2
 
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Personally, I would say you are getting on for 50% overstocked. Even removing the Gouramis would still leave you heavily overstocked.

Have you thought about one of the smaller Corys at all? Rather than the Cardinals you could look at the slightly smaller Neon Tetra or, smaller still, the Green Neon Tetra.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:57 PM   #3
 
Thank you. What if we had 2 honey gourami and 6 neons? Do you have any suggestions for any other combinations at all? Doesn't need to include any of the fish I've mentioned but I'm hoping to be able to have a pair of fish and then a school if possible (and if there is space left, some sort of bottom dweller, shrimp maybe if nothing else would be appropriate). But I'd be grateful on any combination suggestions at all. The tank is for my 2 young kids so I'm trying to figure out what works and what wouldn't so that I can let them have some say in the choice of fish but with me being able to guide them in the right direction. The tank hasn't been cycling very long so still have a few weeks to research fish!
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Old 03-02-2014, 02:36 PM   #4
 
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If you were to drop the Corys then I think you are about in the right region for a stocked tank with the Gouramis and the Cardinals. If you replaced the Cardinals with Neons then you could increase the numbers to 8 although the Cardinals are more likely to 'shoal'. I wouldn't add anything else to this.
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Old 03-02-2014, 02:39 PM   #5
 
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You can't keep multiple gourami in a tank that small. With a single honey gourami, 6 cardinals and 5 panda cories I'd say you'd do fine. You just need to watch your parameters and make sure you keep up with maintenance.

ETA - How are you cycling your tank and do you have a liquid test kit?
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You can't keep multiple gourami in a tank that small. With a single honey gourami, 6 cardinals and 5 panda cories I'd say you'd do fine. You just need to watch your parameters and make sure you keep up with maintenance.

ETA - How are you cycling your tank and do you have a liquid test kit?
Thanks for the replies.

Yeah I've got the liquid test kit, I'm cycling with ammonia and when it's complete will still stock slowly.
Are there any other fish that you would recommend instead of gourami that we could have as a pair, or a singular, just so I can give my kids some other options?
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:31 PM   #7
 
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How about a betta?
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:21 AM   #8
 
Would a betta be ok with tetras or are they fin nippers?
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:16 AM   #9
 
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Tetras usually only nip when kept in insufficient groups. With such a small shoal, I have to retract my betta suggestion unless you get a short-tail variety such as a king, plakat or a female. I apologize for that.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:22 AM   #10
 
Thanks for the reply again. Are there any other fish you would suggest to go with a beta? Also, I saw Siamese fighting fish at our local aquatic centre, are they bettas or are they a totally separate fish?

If it was your tank what would you put in there?
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