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post #11 of 20 Old 07-30-2008, 02:13 AM
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clown loaches in that 30 gallon are NOT going to be healthy little guys.. they need HUGE tanks to thrive as they grow LARGE themselves.

theres alot of cool agressive fish though.. id say bala sharks,silver dollars, and angelfish are of the more common and poppular ones IMO
You - rightfully - discourage the OP from keeping clown loaches in a 30 gallon, but you recommend bala sharks?? Do you have an idea how big those get? ;)

They are hardly aggressive...just big...
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post #12 of 20 Old 07-30-2008, 06:33 AM
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yea bala sharks will not work

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post #13 of 20 Old 07-30-2008, 07:25 AM
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How bout a Blue acara with some corys?

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post #14 of 20 Old 07-30-2008, 05:04 PM
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agressive - bala sharks, silver dollars, angelfish
All have the potential to get too big. I agree on the cichlid stance, as long as you pick out the correct size.

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post #15 of 20 Old 07-30-2008, 05:22 PM
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id suggest a few angelfish or adding more plants and getting 2 or 3 dwarf puffer fish ( put thats all you can keep in there "peacefully" )
A "few" angelfish will outgrow a 30G tank in no time. On the other hand, you could keep way more than 2-3 dwarf puffers in a 30 gallon. Many people keep 2-3 of those guys in a 5-10 gallon tank. The trick is just to decorate enough to keep their lines of sight broken up.
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either that or I try Rainbowfish and ditch the semi aggressive idea. my girlfriend has a few threadfin rainbows that would look nice as a school with some Boesemani Rainbows, both are available at my lfs.
Boesemani grow largish and need to be kept in groups (they're very, very shy, so you won't see them otherwise). You could probably get away with a school of 6 in that tank, but you wouldn't be able to add anything else.

Threadfin rainbows are great. I keep a school of 12 in my community tank and *love* them. They have relatively low bioloads for their size, and aren't as active as some other species, so they won't be going stir crazy in that kind of space. However, they will limit your stocking options quite a bit, as they are extremely docile and prone to being beat up on.

You could do an extremely peaceful tank with threadfins, honey (or pearl) gourami, a shoal of otos and some peacock gobies.
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post #16 of 20 Old 07-30-2008, 06:19 PM
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i would have to suggest against Boesemani rainbows because they need lots of room to swim and i think a 30 gal. might be too small for a school. i think some threadfins and maybe some rummy nose tetras would be nice.

or you could go for some gouramis. i would also get a school of cories.

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post #17 of 20 Old 08-05-2008, 07:35 PM
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That'd be a great tank for a pair of Keyhole cichlids and a school of 8 or so Silver hatchets.

That's a 30 tall, no? I would stay away from any rainbowfish except threadfins. The other small ones - mucullochi and preacox, should really have a least 36" of swimming room, and the larger ones (bosemani, irian red, turquoise, australian) should have 48" or more (preferably 72" when fully grown).

10 tiger barbs would look great in there.

Peacock gudgeons, cherry barbs, and a dwarf gourami or even a single pearl should work.

5 unusual cories (like Orange Lasers, or albino sterbais, or C. axelrodi) and a school of 8 or so Red Eye or Diamond tetras would look great.

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post #18 of 20 Old 08-07-2008, 03:57 PM
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i think some keyholes would be nice.

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post #19 of 20 Old 08-08-2008, 10:20 AM
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Silver dollar or pink kissing fish

A pink kissing fish or a couple of silver dollars would look really nice in your tank. I had both of these fish grow up together in a 38 gal tank for 6 years. Thier still going strong, pretty sturdy fish. but I had to remove the kissing fish when I went to a large tank, because of a pacu fish i bought.
It was funny seeing a 6 in kissing fish scare and chase around a 13 in Pacu. But it got kinda of agressive.
But the kissing fish does'nt bother any of the other fish and I have a mixture.

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post #20 of 20 Old 08-08-2008, 02:25 PM
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Kissing Gouramis can get 11" long. Silver Dollars 8" (and eat plants). Neither is appropriate for a 30 gallon tank.

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