So I got a text today from my mother asking if I would come to her school tomorrow to help a colleague with her tank. Mother is a school teacher. I asked her to send me a picture (see attached). I can tell she has 4 gourami in what I'm guessing is a 35 gal hex, but I'm not sure about the species. Maybe blue gourami? This is my first big question: ID those fish.
Anyways, I'm trying to come up with stocking plans for this tank. Our city water is generally on the soft side. A local water quality report from 2010 states pH 7.3, alkalinity 24 ppm, calcium 24 ppm, and total hardness 68 ppm. I can't tell if she has a heater in the tank. I don't know when the last water change (if any at all) was done on the tank. She just added some hornwort to the tank. The only reason those fish are probably still alive is they can breathe air. From what I know right now, the bubbler doesn't work and the filter isn't on. She has never tested the parameters, so I can't give you that. I'm taking my kit to test the tank when I go tomorrow.
I'm looking for very
easy fish for this tank. They also have to be found at Petsmart or Petco as those are the only two places that sell fish in town. Right now I'm thinking either a school of neon tetras or white clouds so the heater doesn't have to work so hard (the school usually doesn't get above 65F room temp). And maybe bronze corys for the bottom or shrimp. I'll do my best I can to convince her to get some fake plants for the bottom.
I would also like to know other's experiences with a tank like this. The only tanks I've worked with have been longer than they are tall. Any quirks I should let the owner know about? Any tips?