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post #1 of 8 Old 02-23-2008, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for new tank

Well, I will hopefully be picking up my new 92 gallon tank sometime next week. It is a corner bowfront (48"X34"X24").
It comes with:
-36" fluorescent light (not sure wattage)
-AquaClear 50 powerhead
-undergravel filter
-fluval canister filter 405
-2X visi-therm submersible heater 250 watt

I set up a sponge and some ceramic biologic filter pieces in my 55 gal tank to start the bacterial culture for the new tank to hopefully shorten cycling.

I will be transplanting the following from the 55 gallon into the new tank:
-3 rasbora hets
-4 gold barbs
-5 skirt tetras
-4 neon tetras
-1 feeder guppy
-2 african dwarf frog
-1 bristlenose pleco
-2 long-fin danios
-1 green wendtii
-2 pieces of driftwood
-2 18" tall fake plants

Now for my questions.
Firstly, I want to add more fish, but keep a peaceful and happy community. I have been researching fish, but there seem to be multitudes and it is sending my head spinning. I like schooling fish and bright colors, but health and well-being of the tank population is utmost importance. What are the best fish to go with the ones I already have, preferably that come in many different colors?
Right now, I am looking at some more guppies, danios and rasboras, plus possibly cherry barbs, swordtails, serpae tetras, hatchetfish and...there are so many more...*sigh* My roommate wants a betta in the tank as well, are they compatible?

Second, I want to add some more live plants. I need them to be easy to maintain (lower light requirements and survive without added CO2), but that will flourish and give my fish a nice environment. Also preferably live without a lot of expensive substrate.
Thanks in advance for the help.
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-24-2008, 01:37 AM
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Hi Monsterpony,
All your fish are schooling fish so I would increase the numbers of the ones you have. I think large schools of neons and rasboras would look stunning. The addition of cherry barbs and maybe platies would add some great color. I don't know if a Betta would be compatible though.

For easy low light plants try java fern, anubias and crypts. I have these in my tank with no CO2 and they're doing great. I'm pretty new to plants so maybe someone else can suggest some others.

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-24-2008, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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What is the minimum of fish that make the best school? My lfs said that 4 was a good number for a school, but I am finding that lfs are not often the best resource .
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-24-2008, 01:19 PM
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hay there :)
i made my neon population up to eight,and they are just starting
in my opinion to look good,so i say the more the better,
serpae tetra i have no time for i found them too nippy.
The Betta is not a good idea,he will need his own palace.
i think a group of 4 is way to small,they never look like there
is enough.
i think that a large group of rasboras(sp) would look fabulous.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-24-2008, 03:45 PM
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A cheap decent substrate is aquariumplants.com's freshwater substrate. I have heard you can sometimes buy the same stuff locally, but under a different name. I have it in my 210 gallon (3 buckets) and love it.

http://www.aquariumplants.com/product_p/ss-1.htm


Anubias's are aweome low light plants. I have a couple Anubias Barteri Round Leafs that are huge too. Plantgeek.com has a bunch of info.

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~38 Otos
10 Cardinal Tetras
5 Red Iranian Rainbows
5 Boesemani Rainbows
4 Roseline Sharks
1 Gold Nugget Pleco
1 Peppermint Pleco
1 Clown Loach
1 Honey Dwarf Gourami
1 Big Clear Shrimp (2-3x normal Ghost)
1 Green Spotted Puffer (Think we actually got the rare FW one)
1 Ceylon Puffer (we think - sold to us as FW, still trying to figure him out)
1 Bumble Bee Goby
1 Flounder
6 Ember Tetras
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-24-2008, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Would this work or is that overcrowded in a 92 gallon?
-8 rasbora hets
-4 gold barbs
-4 cherry barbs
-5 skirt tetras
-6 neon tetras
-6 guppies (all females)
-4 african dwarf frog
-6 cories
-6 long-fin danios

A few more questions:
Will rummy-nose and red-eye tetra school with neons?
Will cherry barbs school with gold barbs?
Will java moss and java fern grow well in this set-up?[/b]
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-24-2008, 06:45 PM
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Would this work or is that overcrowded in a 92 gallon?
-8 rasbora hets
-4 gold barbs
-4 cherry barbs
-5 skirt tetras
-6 neon tetras
-6 guppies (all females)
-4 african dwarf frog
-6 cories
-6 long-fin danios

A few more questions:
Will rummy-nose and red-eye tetra school with neons?
Will cherry barbs school with gold barbs?
Will java moss and java fern grow well in this set-up?[/b]
It will work and you have plenty of space for more cories. Maybe some small species of plecos are also neat. Different species of tetras will not school together. However if both species have almost similar markings such as cardinals and neons, then both are guaranteed to school together.

Cherry barbs do not school. They prefer to mark their boundaries and peck each other more than school. Your plants will be fine.

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-24-2008, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Lupin, that is helpful.

I have a bristlenose pleco that I forgot to add to the list. How many more cories would be good?
Would I be able to add hatchet fish to this group as well? Maybe some platies too? I want to have a variety but I want to be positive that it won't be overstocked.
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