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post #11 of 14 Old 10-25-2011, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
I do like the Oto Cats, but I would be fine with just the 3 if they will be able to handle the algae load. And my wife is NOT a fan of the Farlowella or Whiptail, though she likes the whiptail a lot better than the Farlowella. And she thinks the Pandas are cute. So I think it is settled:

10 Harlequins
10 Black Neons
10 Dwarf Cory
5 Panda Cory
3 Oto Cats

Elite double sponge filter with Elite 801 (has been replaced with the Marina 100)
Plants
Playsand
4 10-13watt CFLs

So, next question. I obviously will be adding 6 Harlequins first, what order should I go in from there? Does it matter? Should I add the 4 more Harlequins? 6 Black Neons and then bring them both up to 10 at the same time later? Corys last?

So many questions, I know. Thanks for all the help!

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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I do like the Oto Cats, but I would be fine with just the 3 if they will be able to handle the algae load. And my wife is NOT a fan of the Farlowella or Whiptail, though she likes the whiptail a lot better than the Farlowella. And she thinks the Pandas are cute. So I think it is settled:

10 Harlequins
10 Black Neons
10 Dwarf Cory
5 Panda Cory
3 Oto Cats

Elite double sponge filter with Elite 801 (has been replaced with the Marina 100)
Plants
Playsand
4 10-13watt CFLs

So, next question. I obviously will be adding 6 Harlequins first, what order should I go in from there? Does it matter? Should I add the 4 more Harlequins? 6 Black Neons and then bring them both up to 10 at the same time later? Corys last?

So many questions, I know. Thanks for all the help!
There won't be algae issues, or shouldn't be; remember, all these fish will only eat common green algae (the one we rarely see) and diatoms. The algae types that cause trouble will not be touched by any of these fish.

Plant the tank fully on day 1, and assuming there are some reasonably fast-growing species this will handle things. Next day, add the rasbora (all of them). Then the Black Neon (all) maybe a couple days later [being overly cautious here, as I don't know what plants or how many]. Shoaling fish always settle better the larger the group. Then the corys; both are more sensitive than many species, but the more established the tank the better.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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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 #13 of 14 Old 10-25-2011, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
Awesome! Thank you so much Byron. I cannot wait to start this tank. Gotta get started on the stand now.

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-29-2011, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
Saw some Corydoras punctatus today that my wife really liked. Will be doing those instead of the Pandas. They are pretty cool looking corys hadnt seen them before.

Should be building the stand tomorrow!

30 gallon:
6 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Bolivian Rams (1M/1F)
4 Corydoras Melanistius
2 Peppered Cory
1 Sunburst Platy (M)
1 Guppy (M)
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