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post #1 of 7 Old 11-11-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
Stocking Suggestions Please!

Hi, I am new to the hobby for the most part and I am getting this for christmas.
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Any stocking suggestions. trying not to spend to much on fish.
thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-13-2012, 07:38 PM
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what type of fish do you like? there are multiple ways to stock that tank but it depends on what you like. Do you want community? Cichlids? oddballs?
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-14-2012, 09:09 AM
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One thing that has worked for me is to focus on one species you NEED to have in the tank, then stock it based on that. Do you need to have danios, tetras, a betta, gourami, cories, pleco? Odd fish like puffer fish? knife fish? Do you have a preference? Is there a fish in the back of your mind that you say "I MUST have this one"... If not, then before you make a stocking decision, try browsing the local pet stores and see what fish catches your eye.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-14-2012, 09:52 AM
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Would all depend on what type of water I had with respect to pH,GH,KH.
Local water company should be able to provide you with this info.
Hard water species such as African cichlid's ,livebearer's,would do poorly if water from tap, which will be used for weekly water changes is soft acidic.
Soft water species would do poorly in hard ,alkaline water as well.
Some species will adapt to slightly differing water from that which their wild caught cousin's originated from, but more than a few of the popular species are more particular.
Is often the difference between fishes that thrive ,and those that live but a few week's,month's.
I would choose fishes that enjoy the water most easily reproduced by me(tapwater) rather than trying to change water via chemical's ,powder's,to suit the fish.
At least until I was familiar with how the product's work.
Adjusting water to meet particular level's ,and then performing water changes with quite different values (GH.KH), often result's in stress to fishes which may or may not result in sick,dead,fishies.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-14-2012, 07:07 PM
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I have no idea about your level of knowledge, so I will mention...the issue of cycling a new tank. If your fish decisions allow for live plants, theycan handle the cycling.

And I concur with the comments of the last three members who posted.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-14-2012, 08:16 PM
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I once had that exact tank set up and I really liked it.

It's taller than a 55 gallon and as a result has more viewing area.

The good news is: I know you can achieve one of your goals, you don't have to spend a fortune on fish to have an enjoyable and beautiful tank.

I have 6 tanks and one of my favorites is still my 29 gallon planted Tetra tank.

It has very common fish, Rummies, Rasboras and Cardinals - the tank has GREAT colors and GREAT action....

My plants are easy to grow species most of which came as freebie stems from my fish club buddies.

A good light and some Flourish Comprehensive and the plants look awesome plus they help with water quality and my fish really enjoy them. As Byron suggest go with plants if you can while you cycle.

So as a begginer find some hardy fish that you like. Most of the hardier secies are easy to find.

In that tank you have many options.

But do read up on cycling and join a fish club!

Have fun and be PATIENT!
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-15-2012, 01:05 AM
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A little tool that may help is Can give you a basic stocking and species info for a community tank. The only other thing i can suggest is research, research, research. I have definately learnt a few lessons along the way, but better preperation on my part wouldve saved me a little grief here and there.

The fish profiles on the forum are an awesome guide to check against and well everybody here so far has helped me in leaps and bounds.

Good luck

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