So, as I always tend to do, I have gotten frustrated with the amount of fish I have, and have decided to rotate my stock, re-home stock, and purchase some new stock. The goal is to make my life as a fish keeper a bit more easier and allow me to enjoy my fish more. This might get confusing!
Currently in the 29g Planted (playsand substrate) tank I have:
1 Female Opaline Gourami (RE-HOMING...she is too shy and poops way too much!)
9 Cherry Barbs (5 females, 4 males; 1 male is an albino) (KEEPING ALL)
2 oto (KEEPING, adding to group)
1 female mystery snail (KEEPING)
4 emerald cory (REHOMING ALL CORY!!)
4 albino cory
1 julii cory
1 habrosus cory
12+ MTS (KEEPING,hoping to add more)
75+ pond snails (KEEPING most... they will be food for my dwarf puppers, thus the reason for the high #)
Currently in the 15g Planted (aquarium sand substrate) tank I have:
1 Male Crowntail Betta (KEEPING)
6 Harlequin Rasbora (KEEPING)
10 Black & Chocolate Kuhli Loaches (REHOMING)
3-5 pond snails (KEEPING... DP food)
So... here is the plans for the tanks, hope to have them re-stocked this way by Wednesday night, assuming my LFS has my Dwarf Puffers in.
9 cherry barb
6 harlequin rasbora
1 male crowntail betta
1 female mystery snail
75+ Pond Snail
3-4 Dwarf Puffers
5-20 pond snails
(going to add a few ghost shrimp to see if the snails mind them or eat them)
So... Any thoughts???
I'm not really worried about any of the combos of fish, as temps should all be fine, and same for all water parameters (pH, hardness...). Really the only thing new is the DPs and a couple of more otos. The rest are my current fish, just reduced down and combined into the larger tank. And the pond snail population will slowly decrease with the puffers eating them... plus I will be handing over a nice sized batch to my bestie who is also venturing into DPs this coming week with me.
My betta will be fine... probably be in total heaven. He is very social and enjoys other fish for company.
I have done my research ten fold on the dwarf puffers. My LFS even has their puffers eating frozen foods before selling them... they call them pea puffers though, same thing though, as they also go by Indian Puffer and a few other names. I am aware there are two different species, but both have the same require water parameters and care they just have slightly different colorings.
So my 15g is heavily planted, the plants have grown out there are 2 cave structures and 2 real grape driftwood logs (small). So except for wrapping foam/sponge over the filter intake, I am ready for them. I am going to do at least 3. Was thinking I might squeeze 4 since its a 15g and set up right.
My thought is regarding the 29g though... without overstocking, or adding more work to myself... anything I should add fish wise? I am getting rid of the cories for a reason by the way... they always uproot my wisterias, and the bottom feeder food is so much more messy than the flakes and such for the other fish.
Thanks for reading my fish novel here, LOL. Just looking for any thoughts to make it further appealing to the eye, yet not adding anymore work than it will already be.