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Stocking for a 29 gallon
Old 12-26-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
 
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Stocking for a 29 gallon

Hey all, I walked into a pet store looking for Boxing Day deals and left with a new Fluval 29 gallon high kit. I'm wondering if anyone has any good stocking ideas. I'm reasonably experienced but I'm not ready for an extremely difficult tank. At the moment, I'm thinking about a live bearer tank with mollies, platies, swordtails and guppies or a cichlid tank. Any other suggestions?
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
 
First you have to cycle your tank. There is a lot of information on how to do that, but it takes time no two ways about it. You didn't say what kind of filter this kit has, but filter, substrate and aquascaping will play a role in making what ever fish you pick more comfortable and likely live longer.

In a 29gal, you will be limited if you go with cichlids. Rams, Apistogamas, kribs, rainbow cichlids or a pair of convicts or firemouths will be about the limit. These guys may be larger, but they don't carry too heavy of a bio-load--Poop so much. If you go with rams, apistos or kribs, you can get a pair and some other community fish that will live together nicely. Convicts, rainbows or firemouths and that is the extent of the tank.

Livebearers are not as simple as they are common and most people make the mistake of thinking so. Mollys and swords get 4" + and need larger tanks. You can put a few in a 29gal, but you are not going to put ten of either or total in there without problems. Mollys, swords and platys to a lesser extent need a lot of veggie content in their diet. Any fish that eats veggies will have a high bio-load. Mollys, swords and platys will also interbreed and you will end up with fry that look like gray little fish or worse. Guppys are nice and you may very well be able to mix in a few platys or two swords. Keep in mind with the livebearers that you need all males or a 2-1 / 3-1 f / m ratio so the males don't hunt the same female relentlessly.

Here is that part where I ask if I can make a suggestion despite the fact I'm going to anyway. If you go with livebearers,for the bottom of the tank a school of six panda corys-they stay on the small side. In the middle, a group of 6 harliquin rasboras or lemon tetras. The top go with 3-4 male guppys and 3 platys with contrasting color.

Kribs or rams, go with a pair on the bottom and maybe 4-5 khuli loaches. In the middle add a few 4-6 zebra danios and on the top a paridise fish. Just for fun you may want to add a few females Endlers livebearers as a natural food source-fry- and to give the paridise something to occupy his time. If you aquascape with two rock formations including caves one on each end of the tank you could get away with two pairs of kribs. I'd go two regulor and two albinos. Very attractive.

Best of luck and Happy Boxing Day!
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
 
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Ok, thanks for the informative post! I already know how to cycle a tank. I've done some more research and come up with a new plan. For schoolers, I'm thinking Neons or Cardinals, H. Rasbotas and some female guppies or short tailed males. For the centrepiece, I'm thinking of a pair of Dwaf Gouramis. The tank is set up with one male betta in there for fun and it seems the hold water I'm going to set up a journal later today.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:55 AM   #4
 
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Also, how many schoolers could I get away with?
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