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post #1 of 6 Old 12-22-2009, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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The tanks, they are a changin'

Okay team, here's the situation of my three freshwater tanks:

5 gallon
5 pygmy cory catfish
3 rasbora espei

10 gallon
1 sunset honey gourami
4 cardinal tetras
1 zebra danio

29 gallon (coming soon!)
rosy barbs
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So, my girlfriend and I are getting a 29 gallon for a christmas present to one another and she is dead set on rosy barbs. This is a must. I was thinking though, that I could move some of the fish around and still end up with what I ultimately want (a puffer!). I was thinking of moving the rasbora espeis to the 10 gallon, and the cories to the 29 gallon. The danio would move to the 29. This now frees up the 5 gallon to put a single dwarf puffer. Sound good?

Also, how many rosy barbs would be good for the 29? Any other fish you would recommend me researching?

I am aware that some (if not all) of the tanks are overstocked or getting there. Do know that I perform very regular water changes and have a really good test kit to keep on top of the levels. All of the tanks are well planted.
Thanks for the input, I really appreciate your expertise!
David.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-22-2009, 10:21 PM
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Hi David & Welcome to the forum!!

Been there & done that many time with chaning tanks (just watch you won't end with "only" 3 neither) anyway here's how I would set it up and who I'd add on top:


5 gallon
Puffer home

10 gallon
1 sunset honey gourami
6 rasbora espei
1 zebra danio
~10-20 Ghost shrimp

29 gallon (coming soon!)
6 rosy barbs
8 pygmy cory catfish
6-8 cardinal tetras

1 zebra danio
Plant this tank REAL well! That's ideal for this fish list as they naturally live this way, so I'd suggest a coverage of the tank with plant at no less then 60% min
FYI ensure the tank is fully cycled first and let it establish with the barbs for few weeks BEFORE moving the cory or Cardinal in, both of them are EXTREMELY sensitive fish and do not tolerate any changes, please take my word for it, don't "test" there. Best you can do while waiting, take the sponge off your 10g when its REAL nice and mucky looking and wash it out in your new 29g; the "muck" your washing into your new tank is a BUNCH established beneficial bacteria and will make the move for everybody when d-day comes safer!

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-23-2009, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your prompt reply! Your suggestions are very helpful!
My only concern is the 29 gallon. Won't that be very overstocked? Don't rosy barbs grow up to 5 inches?
I will definitely be using the filter to seed the 29. This is going to be a blast!
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-23-2009, 05:25 PM
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You're right, they're often listed on various links online to reach some 5-6". However if you did deeper to anyone who's had these fish for years and/ or is breeding them I never found nor heard of anyone who's fish reached this size nor found reliable articles anyone founded these sizes naturally out in the river.
The greatest I ever heard of was 3" and its safe to say your every Rosy in the tank under good care (as always) will reach around 2-2.5".

The key to most stocking is in the set up really, this doesn't mean you can stock unlimited, but you you really go well planted tank, some caves for the cory etc, so everybody can get outta 1 another's way every once in a while you'll do just fine. Kinda like most people, we love being around people 100's of them, but sometimes its just good to go home, shut there door's and leave the world outside, right!?

If you're looking for plant ideas just check my tanks out, see what you like, if I rattle my brains enough I should be able to name almost every plant there

Well and then apart from the set up f cause that they'll get along (non aggressive) and proper maintenance...

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post #5 of 6 Old 12-23-2009, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, good to know! This is great news as I HAVE to include the rosy barbs, but would like the room for more fish. As far as the plants go, I plan on moving some of the plants from my other tanks into the 29. I will have to go out and buy a bunch more though. As of now, I will have amazon swords, sags, and java moss. I'm sure there will be a bunch of anubias as well. As far as decorations go, I have a couple pieces of wood and a wood-looking ceramic piece that is shaped like a root system. I will probably use a lighter colored ecocomplete substrate to offset the look of the other, darker tanks I own. Thanks again for your input!
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-24-2009, 10:24 AM
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Here's the site I use to buy plants if you have troubles finding a nice verity locally Sweet Aquatics

You know...just a thought...but you could also do play sand in the 29g the Cory's would LOVE that (just the normal kids play sand from the homestores)

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