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Old 08-21-2011, 03:13 PM   #21
 
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I think the Mollys and the goby would be okay together if you get a tank long enough for the goby
I think you are right. After doing a little more reading, it seems as if this could work in a 48" long brackish water tank. This is assuming that the mollys are varieties of black mollys (profile says they are recommended for brackish) and the goby gets what it needs as far as substrate and feeding.

I might also revise my recommendations a bit:

-48" long tank for the odessa barbs/black skirts/kribs/rainbows (I'm assuming Rainbow Shark). Odessas apparently are very active and the rainbow sharks need space.

-30" long tank for the small tetras/rasboras/corys - 20 gal long or 29 gal. Its been a while since I've had neons or head and tail lights, but I think they along with the harlequins will want to stay in the middle (heightwise) of the tank and a little more room horizontally would be good.

Four tanks total, adding more individuals to each of the species that like to be in groups.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:36 PM   #22
 
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:42 PM   #23
 
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We don't mean to scare you away we are just trying to help you and your fish. Some of us just don't suger coat things and put it bluntly.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:03 PM   #24
 
Fair enough. I think with newbies it may be better to approach in a 'matter of a fact' manner. The 'blunt' way comes off as rude and overly opinionated. It kills communication and the fact that I am trying to get quality information about the fish my husband has, as a new person inquiring about fish should be met with understanding and guidance.... I guess that's the mother in me. Save the judgement.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:52 PM   #25
 
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I agree with you 100% thats why I try to be nice when I reply. I think its great that you are trying to learn more about your new pets.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:13 PM   #26
 
Neon Tetra 2
Head n tail light 2
Albino Cory 2
Dalmation molly 2
Molly 1 (f)
Balloon Molly (2F, 1M)

tiger barb 5
Kribensis Cichlid 3 (2F, 1M)
Rasbora 3
Albino rainbow shark 2
Black skirt tetra 3
Obessa Barb 3
Dragon Goby 1

I forgot snails... huge and eating all live plants we have in there.

Ok now 4 tanks are needed. WOW.

Odessa barbs/black skirts/kribs/rainbows I will get another tank... 50 gallons? Can the tiger barbs go with this group?

Now the Dragon Goby came from fresh water and I think (assuming) it would be more harmful to change the water to brackish?

Honestly with all the information given I will tell my Husband he needs to limit his fish to only a few different fish or his hobby is going to bloody expensive.

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:15 PM   #27
 
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I agree with you 100% thats why I try to be nice when I reply. I think its great that you are trying to learn more about your new pets.

Thank you for being supportive.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:11 PM   #28
 
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Personally I would slowly switch the Goby to brackish it may live in the freshwater but it will thrive in brackish. My son wants one but I do not have an extra tank for one right now.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:11 PM   #29
 
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You may could do three tanks:

-neons/head and tail lights/rasboras/corys in the 30 gal - at least 6 of each

-barbs (odessa and tiger)/black skirts/kribs/rainbow sharks in at least a 50 gal, the bigger the better if you are going to keep the tigers in there. I've had them before and they can be aggressive fish, sometimes better just kept by themselves. The profile suggests that they can be in a community tank provided they are kept in large enough numbers, the tank is at least 50 gals and the tankmates are not to delicate. I'm sure others have kept them this way successfully, but that's not my experience with them and why I suggested a species only tank. Add more barbs and black skirts, but no more kribs or rainbow sharks

-mollys and goby in a 48" brackish tank - I have no real experience with these, my suggestion was based on reading the profiles and other sources. If what you have is Gobioides broussonnetii, from what I've read, brackish water is required, but no I wouldn't think that setting up a brackish tank and putting it in right away would be the way to go. I would think to start with a diluted mix (acclimate the fish slowly even when going from fresh to diluted brackish) and build it up over time. I'm really not sure if that would be the best way to go, but it seems logical. Maybe someone with experience with brackish fish will chime in.

This is assuming that the rasboras are harlequins and the mollys are all forms of Black Molly.

The black skirts might could manage in the 30 gal with the other tetras, but my experience with them is that they can be a bit rough with smaller fish. Provided that the tiger barb aggression in not too bad they should be fine in the larger tank.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:14 PM   #30
 
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You may could do three tanks:

-neons/head and tail lights/rasboras/corys in the 30 gal - at least 6 of each

-barbs (odessa and tiger)/black skirts/kribs/rainbow sharks in at least a 50 gal, the bigger the better if you are going to keep the tigers in there. I've had them before and they can be aggressive fish, sometimes better just kept by themselves. The profile suggests that they can be in a community tank provided they are kept in large enough numbers, the tank is at least 50 gals and the tankmates are not to delicate. I'm sure others have kept them this way successfully, but that's not my experience with them and why I suggested a species only tank. Add more barbs and black skirts, but no more kribs or rainbow sharks

-mollys and goby in a 48" brackish tank - I have no real experience with these, my suggestion was based on reading the profiles and other sources. If what you have is Gobioides broussonnetii, from what I've read, brackish water is required, but no I wouldn't think that setting up a brackish tank and putting it in right away would be the way to go. I would think to start with a diluted mix (acclimate the fish slowly even when going from fresh to diluted brackish) and build it up over time. I'm really not sure if that would be the best way to go, but it seems logical. Maybe someone with experience with brackish fish will chime in.

This is assuming that the rasboras are harlequins and the mollys are all forms of Black Molly.

The black skirts might could manage in the 30 gal with the other tetras, but my experience with them is that they can be a bit rough with smaller fish. Provided that the tiger barb aggression in not too bad they should be fine in the larger tank.
I second this set up. Good luck and welcome to the addiction. ; )
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