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Old 08-28-2007, 11:19 AM   #1
 
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Hello everyone, I am new to this forum.

I am a a big fan of keeping and caring for fish (freshwater currently) and look forward to talking with you all.

I currently have a 36 gallon tank and have:
4 Serpae Tetras
2 Head and Tail Light Tetras
2 Swordtails
2 Golden Zebra Danios
1 Leopard Danio
1 Clown Barb (i believe)

They all live happily together and have had the mjority of them over a year now.

I have been looking at the compatibility charts and have some ideas for new fish to get but was hoping some of you could recommend some that you have found to be interesting and good to keep. Some variation would be welcome.
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:43 PM   #2
 
Anyone? No? :(
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:50 PM   #3
 
Bsp:

I imagine that no one is responding because many fish are available and fish beauty is a very personal thing.

I will try to give you some ideas even though I am not familiar with the danios and barbs.

It appears that you are "stocked up on" "mid to top depth in the tank" fish with two exceptions.
Via the addition of 2 more serpae tetras and 4 more head and tail light tetras, IMHO, your enjoyment of your tetras will increase due to their increased shoaling.

If you have rock and/or wood caves and not a glass bottom then several plecos would be a good addition.
You can peruse pleco's at
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...de=l&thumbs=16
I would recommend that you procure several of the same species and of a species which are omnivores but principally carnivores.
I you find a few which you like then
1) check on their availability in your area and
2) post which ones you considering procuring as members of the Forum may have experience with and be able to give definitive guidance with respect to these species.

If you have some plants and not a glass bottom then cories would be a good addition.
I can recommend five sterbai.
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...species_id=316

I you do not have a glass bottom then loaches would be a good addition.

I can recommend 3 Yoyo loaches based on experience.
http://www.loaches.com/species-index...earchterm=yoyo

I can suggest 5 Sewellia lineolata based on the literature.
Please note that I have 6 of these on order.
http://www.loaches.com/species-index...ia%20lineolata

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Old 08-29-2007, 02:23 AM   #4
 
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Welcome to Fishforum.com, Barry.

I would suggest adding 3-5 more danios. Follow Ron's suggestion on the tetra additions. If your tank has a powerful current, smooth rocks and temperature not exceeding 78 degrees Fahrenheit, then the hillstream loaches like the Sewellia lineolata are for you otherwise stick with Botia striata, Botia almorhae or Botia kubotai.

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Old 08-29-2007, 06:16 AM   #5
 
Liking the look of the loaches but would it be a problem that i have gravel at the bottom of the tank?

I had been aware that the fish i currently have are mainly top/middle dwellers so bottom dwellers would be welcome.

Im open to all suggestions so if people have personal favourites that are similar to the ones i already have then please share them
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:24 AM   #6
 
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Liking the look of the loaches but would it be a problem that i have gravel at the bottom of the tank?

I had been aware that the fish i currently have are mainly top/middle dwellers so bottom dwellers would be welcome.

Im open to all suggestions so if people have personal favourites that are similar to the ones i already have then please share them
Gravel is okay as long as it does not have sharp edges.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:50 AM   #7
 
i would suggest some cherry barbs ... ther nice and colourful but are very tame as far as barbs go. as for bottom feeds id try and find some kind of catfih that doesnt get big. i hav a dwarf 3 lined cafish in my tank and hea only 3 inch and gobbles up everything on the bottom of the tank. or khuli loaches r cool to
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:53 PM   #8
 
The gravel is quite sharp i think.


Does anyone have any experience of X Ray Tetras? Found myself liking them.
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Old 08-30-2007, 04:30 PM   #9
 
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I was going to suggest some corys as bottom dwellers, as it would be nice to fill the space. However, if your gravel is sharp it could damage their barbels and lead to infection. Do you have any pics of the gravel you could post?
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Old 08-30-2007, 04:53 PM   #10
 
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hello there.
nope,no luck with x-ray tetras at all,although it was in the very
begining,i didn't bother to buy them again.
your barb would be better off in a larger group,
and i agree with all of the above. :D
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