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post #1 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Newby stocking a new aquarium

I have a male and female betta and one goldfish. I already made a mistake with getting the goldfish so I would like some expert advise. I have a new 36 gallon take I bought for my bettas. Now I need to know what kind of fish are best suited to fill the rest of the tank. I have done some research but I hope to find some more suggestions here. Thank you for any assistance!
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-08-2011, 03:37 PM
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first question that pretty much everyone is going to want to know before suggesting fish: what are the pH and hardness of your water? different fish need different perimeters and these are not worth changing. if you can test your water and let us know, i'm sure you will get lots of good ideas.
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-09-2011, 12:24 AM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

I would not put any other fish in with a pair of Betta. Betta is not a true community fish, esp the male.

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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 #4 of 11 Old 09-11-2011, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question Need assistance please

I now have 5 tetras and 1 emerald cory and 2 spotted corys. The emerald cory was left by itself at the store along with the twp spotted. Since they like to be in 3 or more i got them for my new tank. I love watching them together swimming about seeming to have a great time. Since this is a new tank is this behavior normal or are they stressed?
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-11-2011, 12:30 PM
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Alot of people say don't keep male and female betta together, ive heard they fight like 2 males would.
How long did you leave it before you added fish?
and i would test the waters, very dangerous adding fish to a new tank without leaving it to cycle and testing the waters.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-26-2011, 01:18 PM
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Google aqadvisor. Add the tank size and filter you have into the site and then start adding fish. It will tell tell you if certain fish can go together or not. Also will warn you when you are over stocked or need more filtration.
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-26-2011, 03:43 PM
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What is your plan with the 3 original fish? Obviously you learned that a goldfish has different requirements from a tropical fish (eveything else that you have). Male and female betta? They really shouldn't be kept together, the male will likely bully the female to death. It might not happen immediately, but it will probably happen. Bettas are solitary. Unless you've done a LOT of research on bettas I recommend a different gameplan (that includes 2 separate small tanks, 1 for each betta).

With a 36 gallon I'd get more cories though. 3 is more like a minimum number, not an ideal. If you can get at least 6 they will be happier. Look for more emeralds, as they will play with other species out of necessity, not because it's completely natural. But it's good that you saved him from his solitary petstore life. They are pretty active when they are comfortable, so I wouldn't worry too much. Cories tend to sit still on the bottom when they are scared or stressed.

Water parameters would be helpful, as well as more information about your tank or what your plan for the tank is (decor, live plants, heated, filtered, pH of water, etc).
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-30-2011, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well unfortunately the bettas got sick and died. I love the corys and my spotted raphael catfish. I do need to get more. I am waiting for my tank to finish cycling. Im almost at my 30 day mark :) So im waiting to add three more corys. and a clown pleco and a long fin albino bristlenose pleco. As well as some more gouramis.

Also waiting for three brazilian puffers to come in November :)

Thanks for your feedback!
Gail

36 Gallon Bowfront
Lucy, Laverne, Lilly (spotted corys)
The Rios (5 von rio tetras)
The Red Eye (3 red eye tetras)
Raphael (raphael catfish)
Sky (Neon dwarf Gourami)
Norman (powder blue dwarf Gourami)
Red (Fire- Red dwarf Gourami)
Alive (ghost shrimp)
Rambo (bamboo shrimp)

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post #9 of 11 Old 10-01-2011, 10:09 AM
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Careful on the pleco. More than one means a long tank so they get out of each other's way. Male pleco are territorial.

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-03-2011, 07:28 AM
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that sounds like a lot of bottom fish. you may want to go with some mid and upper fish instead.

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