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post #1 of 22 Old 03-16-2008, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
Looking for Suggestions!!!

I have a 29 Gallon Tank with 3 Cherry Barbs and 3 Harlequin Rasboras. I have no idea what sex they are. I'm thinking about adding another 3 Harlequins.

Any suggestions on what other fish I should add?

I have been thinkin about....
Flame Dwarf Gouramis?
Boitia Striatas?
Cories?
Mystery Snails?
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-16-2008, 08:36 PM
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I'd recommend sparkling gouramis or honey gouramis and then cories, otos or small species of plecos such as the popular Ancistrus and Panaque maccus. There are small species of Hypancistrus that are worth a shot.

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post #3 of 22 Old 03-16-2008, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
thanks.

how many of each?
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thanks.

how many of each?
6 cherry barbs
8 harlequin rasboras
4 sparkling gouramis
10 pygmy corydoras
1 pleco

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post #5 of 22 Old 03-16-2008, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
Wow! Thanks again!

I love this forum.

Is there a rule for adding fish?

Such as a max number?

Any suggestions on which I should add first, and which can come later on?

I'm thinking about getting more Harlequins first.

Does it matter if the tank has live plants or not?
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post #6 of 22 Old 03-16-2008, 08:58 PM
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i would add enough tiger barbs to make a small group of 6-8 to reduce aggression

harlequinns school nicely in a larger group also, so i would add more of them as well- maybe a group of 6-8 for them also.

be careful with pygmy cories, i have not had luck with them living with tiger barbs, they all ended up chased to death or fins bitten off. i think they are just too small, and the tiger barbs think they are food. but in a 29-30 gallon you might be able to have some larger type of cory.
pygmys are real fun to keep, once i moved them to a harlequinn only tank, they thrived, since the harlies don't bother anyone.

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Is there a rule for adding fish?
There is no rule etched on a stone. The inch per gallon rule was merely a guideline and has too much flaws. I don't follow it.
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Such as a max number?
That question cannot be answered specifically. You have to take the size of the fish, temperament, size of tank, spacing requirements and plenty others into consideration to get a good answer.
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Any suggestions on which I should add first, and which can come later on?
Cherry barbs
harlequin rasboras
Sparkling gouramis
Pleco
Cories

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Does it matter if the tank has live plants or not?
Live plants can help with the water quality. I suggest you get a few to start with.

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Thank you both.
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post #9 of 22 Old 03-16-2008, 09:13 PM
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The suggestions so far are good, but I would stick with the cherry barbs rather than introducing tiger barbs. Tiger barbs can be nippy and grow too large and active for a 29g.
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post #10 of 22 Old 03-18-2008, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
OK I added 5 more Harlequins and 3 more cherry barbs.

It's looking nice, there is still lots of tank space left. I'll wait a while though. Maybe a week or two, then add the gouramis IF i can find them.

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