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post #1 of 14 Old 08-29-2011, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Fish Compatibility?

As some of you may have heard. I am setting up a 20 gallon high aquarium. My next project for it is the DIY lighting, but I want to plant the tank according to the needs of the fish. So the type of plants I get depends on the fish and the type of light I set up depends on the plants. So I started thinking ahead about what kind of fish I am going to get. After some research, I would like to get 1 Honey Gourami, 6-7 neon tetra, and MTS. From what I read these fish are compatible. Is that right?
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-29-2011, 12:51 PM
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From looking at the profiles, it looks like these fish would work alright. I am sure someone else will chime in if there would be a problem.
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-29-2011, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Instead of the Honey Gourami, I would like to go with a Dwarf Gourami.
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-29-2011, 03:18 PM
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Be sure to research the Dwarf Gourami (good info in the profile section), most sources say that it is not a very good fish for community tank.

My own experience with these is that their reputation is well deserved. Never had the Honey Gourami, but it seems to be a better choice.

Also, not sure what your plans are for lighting, but a dual incandescent socket from the hardware store attached to your hood (nice work btw) with two 13-15 watt CFLs would work great and not cost much money.
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My sister has a pair of Honey Gourami with a shoal of black neon tetras and there are no issues there. Ive also read that dwarf gourami can be aggressive.. Id go with the Honeys for sure. Its a safer bet.

Also you could put a pair of honey's in the 20g (male and female).
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-29-2011, 03:35 PM
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this is kind of what I was thinking about for the socket, not sure about the wiring though, seems like these use to be available with a plug already attached

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post #7 of 14 Old 08-30-2011, 02:10 AM
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While Gourami and tetra's both enjoy softer acidic water,the warmer temps that Gourami enjoy would not suit the neon's in my opinion.
Gourmai enjoy 78 to 82 degree's F while neon's enjoy cooler 74 to 76 degree's F.
Rummy nose or Cardinal tetra's would be my choice in warmer temps.
Honey gourami would be my choice over Colisa Ialia, many of which are prone to mycobacterium and or Iridovirus which is said to be for all general purposes untreatable.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-30-2011, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Any suggestion of tank mates for my neons? The tank will be heavily planted with floating plants to reduce the lighting. It will also be calm water (I am using a sponge filter so there is little to no current). Obviously the water conditions are setup for the requirements of the neons. I was thinking maybe a bolivian Ram? Thanks in advance
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Any suggestion of tank mates for my neons? The tank will be heavily planted with floating plants to reduce the lighting. It will also be calm water (I am using a sponge filter so there is little to no current). Obviously the water conditions are setup for the requirements of the neons. I was thinking maybe a bolivian Ram? Thanks in advance
I think a 20g tall is a bit small for a Bolivian; I cannot picture my Bolivian Ram at 3+ inches in my 20g.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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 #10 of 14 Old 08-30-2011, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the help everyone! After looking through some videos on youtube, I have decided to just go with a big group of neon tetras. A big group of them is really cool to watch. This way I can make the tank perfect for the neons without worrying about any other species. I was thinking about 11-12 neon tetras? I want a big group but I don't want my tank to look like a holding tank (like the ones at petsmart, walmart, etc.). Does that sound like a good number?
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