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Need advice on what fish to put together
Old 08-19-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
 
Need advice on what fish to put together

I'm new here and new to the whole fish hobby.I do have 2 5 gallon tanks.One is a long 5 gallon.
I;m now looking at getting a 36 gallon bowfront.I have been researching fish ALOT and was wondering what fish i list will go together and how many of them to be happy.I would like to get all listed but not sure if they are all compatible.
Here is my list
Congo Tetra,Chili Rasbora,Scarlet"Badis",Sparrow Rasbora,Pheonix Rasbora,Zebra Rasbora,Killifish,Angel Ram,Boraras Micros,Clown Killifish,Celestial Pearl Danio,Rhinogobius Wui,Marble Hatchet,Sidthimunki Botia Loach,Ramirezi(Male) And my favorite Dwarf Neon Blue Gourami?
I already have a Dwarf Neon Blue Gourami,Panda Cory,Kuhli loach and 2 Dwarf frogs in my 5 gallon long.They all seem happy and in my other 5 gallon i have a Dwarf Red Gourami,2 small Kuhli Loaches, 2 Male Fancy Tail guppy's and a Killifish.
I will transfer some og those over to my 36 when i get it this week and when it's ready.
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:09 AM   #2
 
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Ok first of the fish you litsed that you have guppies and frogs should be able to withstand the cycling process but half of your fish aren't very compatible. Guarmis and frogs are semi-aggressive while some of your other fish are community fish. This site has a good list of fish profiles and I suggest you read up before making any other fish purchases. Fyi I wouldn't put the guppies and the frogs in the tank at the same time as the frogs might try to eat the guppies. It will be much easier for you and your fish if you go with fish that naturally would live within the parameters of your water and by that I mean PH, GH (general hardness the measure of dissolved minerals in your water), and KH (Carbonate hardness the measure of dissolved carbonates in your water). Some fish prefer to live in hard water and some dont but this is not to say they wont just that they be healthier. Kh level is measured by degrees much like PH and it acts as a buffer to stabilize the PH, also if you plan on getting plants they use KH as they grow so if you dont have enough it can adversely effect the PH as they use it up
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:13 AM   #3
 
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FYI if you dont know your parameters you can take a sample to a chain LFS (local Fish store), such as petco, they will test your water for you free.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:46 AM   #4
 
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Ok first of the fish you litsed that you have guppies and frogs should be able to withstand the cycling process but half of your fish aren't very compatible. Guarmis and frogs are semi-aggressive while some of your other fish are community fish. This site has a good list of fish profiles and I suggest you read up before making any other fish purchases. Fyi I wouldn't put the guppies and the frogs in the tank at the same time as the frogs might try to eat the guppies. It will be much easier for you and your fish if you go with fish that naturally would live within the parameters of your water and by that I mean PH, GH (general hardness the measure of dissolved minerals in your water), and KH (Carbonate hardness the measure of dissolved carbonates in your water). Some fish prefer to live in hard water and some dont but this is not to say they wont just that they be healthier. Kh level is measured by degrees much like PH and it acts as a buffer to stabilize the PH, also if you plan on getting plants they use KH as they grow so if you dont have enough it can adversely effect the PH as they use it up
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:48 AM   #5
 
My dwarf frogs are smaller then my guppy's.The are the African Dwarf Frogs.They are in with my other Gourami and they get along great with eachother.They don't seem aggressive at all.I will read up more on the things u suggested.Thank you
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:18 AM   #6
 
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I know those tiny frogs don't seem aggresive but they can be. I had one that killed a goldfish twice it's size then proceeded to tear off chucks and eat them. I don't know, maybe I got the Ted Bundy of frogs but that made quite a memory
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:33 AM   #7
 
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I know those tiny frogs don't seem aggresive but they can be. I had one that killed a goldfish twice it's size then proceeded to tear off chucks and eat them. I don't know, maybe I got the Ted Bundy of frogs but that made quite a memory
Oh that's horrible:...I will just keep them in the 5 gallon then.I just want a beautiful tank with ALL happy tank mate's.I also work at the LPS so i get to see all the new fish coming in:)
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:28 PM   #8
 
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

I second the suggestion to browse our profiles of those fish you mention. Info on compatibility is included, along with minimum numbers (some are shoaling fish that need to be in groups), minimum tank size, water parameters, etc. Second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page; if the name is used the same in a post as in the profile it shades and you can click that. Compatibility has several important aspects to consider.

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:01 PM   #9
 
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Hello. I afraid your Dwarf Gourami needs a bigger tank than a 5 gallon. He should be in a minimum of a 10 gallon & preferably larger. In fact the new 36 gallon would be great for him.

A good rule of thumb is to decide what fish you either have or want really bad, and then stock what suits that fish from the list of what others you like that are compatible.

Kuhli Loaches go very well with Dwarf Gouramis but they should be in schools of a minimum 6 fish.

I've had Dwarf G's with Corys too and they go well together since the Corys prefer the bottom and the Dwarf prefers the top where he can breathe.

I would stay awy from the Killifish but you could definitely add a nice school of Rasboras, maybe even 10 of each of two kinds. Certain fish prefer the company of their own kind to feel secure. You should have a look at Lambchop Espei Rasboras as they are a bit smaller than Harlequins so you can get more of them. I also have a 36 gallon bowfront & you can fit a nice bunch of fish if you do it right.

Good luck
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:23 PM   #10
 
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Hello. I afraid your Dwarf Gourami needs a bigger tank than a 5 gallon. He should be in a minimum of a 10 gallon & preferably larger. In fact the new 36 gallon would be great for him.

A good rule of thumb is to decide what fish you either have or want really bad, and then stock what suits that fish from the list of what others you like that are compatible.

Kuhli Loaches go very well with Dwarf Gouramis but they should be in schools of a minimum 6 fish.

I've had Dwarf G's with Corys too and they go well together since the Corys prefer the bottom and the Dwarf prefers the top where he can breathe.

I would stay awy from the Killifish but you could definitely add a nice school of Rasboras, maybe even 10 of each of two kinds. Certain fish prefer the company of their own kind to feel secure. You should have a look at Lambchop Espei Rasboras as they are a bit smaller than Harlequins so you can get more of them. I also have a 36 gallon bowfront & you can fit a nice bunch of fish if you do it right.

Good luck
I'm going to put my Gourami's in the 36 when i get it this week.I will also get about 5 more Kuhli Loaches.
What do you have in your tank?Why saty away from Killifish>I have on now and he does real good.I also want to empty my 5 gallon and do a dwarf Puffer tank.They are so cute
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