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post #1 of 6 Old 09-15-2010, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Mix of fish + plants - need advice

Hi all

At the moment I got guppies (mixed sexes 1:3 male/fem ratio), a young pakistani loach, 2x young chinese algea eaters, and a kissing gourami. I got plants like Valisneria, cyrpts, java moss and saggitaria.

1 - Is the mix ok? I am suspecting that some of the fish may be eating plants and also strressing their tank mates.

2 - I was told Gouramis eat blood worms etc - are food flakes ok?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-15-2010, 10:40 AM
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First we need to know how big is your tank? How many guppys you have? What filter you have and water parimeters?

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Keeping fish its not a hobby it is a passion!

I have a 55 gallon, 40 gallon, 29 gallon, 20 gallon tank, 5 gallon , and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-15-2010, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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YouTube - My new aquarium [added guppies and yoyo loaches]

This is two weeks ago - without the gourami and chinese eaters. The tank is 197litre 31cm width x 50cm height x 125cm length
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-15-2010, 11:10 AM
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The fish you selected will not eat the plants.

Guppies might stress out the gourami a bit, since guppies are energetic fish, but other than that it will be fine.

Assuming your tank isn't overstocked.

If your plants are dying, there's another reason.

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post #5 of 6 Old 09-16-2010, 01:44 PM
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There are some problems looming with your stocking of fish.

First, Chinese algae eaters get very aggressive as they mature, and have been known to attack other fish. They also eat less and less algae to the point where they won't touch it at all. I would get rid of both. They reach 8-10 inches and are nasty.

The loach must have a group, five would be fine in your 4-foot tank. Read the profile information and you will see why this is crucial to the health of this fish. This is the species: Botia almorhae. You can click on the shaded name to see the profile.

The Kissing Gourami is not a good community fish. It needs a group, but it grows large and will eat anything smaller. It will also eat soft plants. Please read the profile, all this is referenced there.


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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 you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re 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 #6 of 6 Old 09-16-2010, 07:56 PM
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Hmm. Shoulda caught that. Got siamese and chinese mixed up...

How big is the tank?

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