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New tank, need stocking advice, 10g or 15h
Old 08-30-2010, 01:19 AM   #1
 
New tank, need stocking advice, 10g or 15h

Hello all, first post! My name is Anthony and I just found this forum.

I've just recently gotten back into fishkeeping, and Am upgrading a tank soon. Currently Only commited to a single freshwater tank, two month old son and living with the inlaws is a little restrictive to pets. But, a turtle, a small reef tank, and a small freshwater are all i got to work with. The freshwater is a little small, and is soon getting replaced with something bigger.

I'm trying to figure out a good plan for stocking the tank. I'm going to get either a 10 gallon standard, 10 gallon high, or a 15 high. The tank will be replacing a 5.5 gallon. The tank currently has a compliment of six Bumblebee gobies, so those will be my first fish for the tank. I'm looking for a couple more fish that would be good mates for them. I'd like a pair of Otocinclus, or four Habrosus coy cats, and I've considered either a pair of Blue rams, or a pair of Badis badis. Plants will likely be Java fern, Anubias and Water sprite, Driftwood, and some rockwork for the Gobies and Badis. I like to stock my tanks lightly, and for filtration I've got an aquaclear 20, so aeration shouldn't be an issue. I religiously do my waterchanges weekly, usually 25 ~ 30%.

Does this sound like a sane plan? I'm leaning towards the Badis more than the rams, mainly because they're a little less mainstream, and I've never kept them before.

Thanks in advance for any help in my decision, after my son was born I've noticed I'm very indecisive on these sort of things.
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:53 AM   #2
 
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Hello all, first post! My name is Anthony and I just found this forum.

I've just recently gotten back into fishkeeping, and Am upgrading a tank soon. Currently Only commited to a single freshwater tank, two month old son and living with the inlaws is a little restrictive to pets. But, a turtle, a small reef tank, and a small freshwater are all i got to work with. The freshwater is a little small, and is soon getting replaced with something bigger.

I'm trying to figure out a good plan for stocking the tank. I'm going to get either a 10 gallon standard, 10 gallon high, or a 15 high. The tank will be replacing a 5.5 gallon. The tank currently has a compliment of six Bumblebee gobies, so those will be my first fish for the tank. I'm looking for a couple more fish that would be good mates for them. I'd like a pair of Otocinclus, or four Habrosus coy cats, and I've considered either a pair of Blue rams, or a pair of Badis badis. Plants will likely be Java fern, Anubias and Water sprite, Driftwood, and some rockwork for the Gobies and Badis. I like to stock my tanks lightly, and for filtration I've got an aquaclear 20, so aeration shouldn't be an issue. I religiously do my waterchanges weekly, usually 25 ~ 30%.

Does this sound like a sane plan? I'm leaning towards the Badis more than the rams, mainly because they're a little less mainstream, and I've never kept them before.

Thanks in advance for any help in my decision, after my son was born I've noticed I'm very indecisive on these sort of things.
in a 10 gallon. nope, that much fish is too much for it. bumbleebees may be small but they are territorial and sometimes aggressive to their own kind. plus if you wanted cory's you'll need at least 6 of them. ottos will do fine alone.badis badis grows up to about 3 inches and is best kept in a species aquarium although they can be kept with peaceful fish.they also need places to hide like the bumblebees
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:05 AM   #3
 
Most likely It will be a 15 gallon, and most likely going with oto cats instead of cory cats. Any suggestions on smaller fish to go with the bumblebees? I understand Rams and badis might be better left to larger setups, like a future 20 gallon long.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:14 AM   #4
 
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true bigger is always better.with stock we always have to keep in mind the deco,plants and substrate take up place in the tank so a 15 gallon planted with deco and rocks leave less place for livestock. bumblebees are brackish fish actually but they do well in fw. smaller fish like tetras will do better.always get 6 or more of these type of fish.florescent danios can also give color and brighten up he tank as well.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:08 PM   #5
 
I've kept bumblebees for years, even bred them in full on fresh water, so, they are definitely staying. Most likely going to stick with bumblebees and otocinclus for now, still thinking of a good fish to have in there for some movement. I really dislike most smaller tetras and danios, so maybe some kind of small rasbora? Not sure...
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:10 AM   #6
 
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I've kept bumblebees for years, even bred them in full on fresh water, so, they are definitely staying. Most likely going to stick with bumblebees and otocinclus for now, still thinking of a good fish to have in there for some movement. I really dislike most smaller tetras and danios, so maybe some kind of small rasbora? Not sure...
I would stick with the Bumble bee's and perhaps some type of small fishes that frequent the surface.
Otocinclus require substantial algae which is their primary food, and they do poorly in new tanks for this reason along with capture and shipping stress. Otocinclus would in my view not respect the territory of one bumble bee ,little lone five or six.
Oto's go where their search for food leads them, and this could lead to their demise.
It's a shame you dislike the smaller tertras which would work quite well and is all that such a small tank is suited for.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:27 AM   #7
 
Well, what small tetras would you suggest? I like some small tetras, such as green neons, but I'm usually into congo and emperor tetras, which get way to big to live comfortable in numbers in such a small tank.
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Well, what small tetras would you suggest? I like some small tetras, such as green neons, but I'm usually into congo and emperor tetras, which get way to big to live comfortable in numbers in such a small tank.

Pristella,glowlight,bloodfin,silver tipped would work . Perhaps some Furcata Might interest you.
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:33 PM   #9
 
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A group of Ember Tetra would be very pretty if your water will suit them. You can read about them in the fish profiles section at the top of the page.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:55 PM   #10
 
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i know these little guys do well in fw lol i keep 4 in the community tank.what do you feed them btw? mine only take live blood worms.wont go near frozen worms or pelets
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