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Old 01-22-2012, 09:57 AM   #31
 
What about
1 Male Cockatoo dwarf Cichlid
2-3 female Cockatoo dwarf cichlid
6-8 Silver Hatchets or marbled Hatchet fish
8-10 Cherry barbs

With the cockatoo's i was reading they shouldn't have fish below them, but the hatchets above would calm them down and make them feel more comfortable. Or I could Swap them out for kribensis. Let me know if this is a better set up.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:57 PM   #32
 
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What about
1 Male Cockatoo dwarf Cichlid
2-3 female Cockatoo dwarf cichlid
6-8 Silver Hatchets or marbled Hatchet fish
8-10 Cherry barbs

With the cockatoo's i was reading they shouldn't have fish below them, but the hatchets above would calm them down and make them feel more comfortable. Or I could Swap them out for kribensis. Let me know if this is a better set up.
The Cockatoo in that grouping would be fine, and in my view better than kribs. Hatchets (8-9 if marble) and cherrys good too.

Where did you read not to have substrate fish with Cockatoo's? Peaceful catfish are fine, unless you want to spawn them and raise the fry. Catfish are nocturnal or semi-nocturnal, and will usually find the eggs or fry of cichlids at night. But aside from this, no real issues. Dwarf cichlids are substrate feeding, so they may push catfish out of the way when eating, but this is not usually problematic.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:59 PM   #33
 
AHA thank you so much, I finally found a grouping that I like and works!!!!! You've made me a happy guy today. Also, I havnt' learned this site like the back of my hand but i think i sent you a message asking about 2 other stocking ideas. But honestly thank you so much.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:11 PM   #34
 
1 Male Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
2-3 female Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
6-8 Silver Hatchets or marbled Hatchet fish
8-10 Cherry barb

Hopefully this will be the final tweaking for the set up if you agree.

1 Male Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
2-3 Female Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
6 silver hatchets (8 if i can get marble hatchets)
6 Cherry barbs (reducing from 8)
3 panda Cory cats.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:14 PM   #35
 
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AHA thank you so much, I finally found a grouping that I like and works!!!!! You've made me a happy guy today. Also, I havnt' learned this site like the back of my hand but i think i sent you a message asking about 2 other stocking ideas. But honestly thank you so much.
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Byron, you've gave me some pretty good advice in stocking my 35 gallon, so what do you think about this. 1 Bolivian Ram, 6 Marbled or Silver Hatchets, 6-8 Lambchop Rasboras, and maybe 2 Barbucca Diabolica.

Or 6-8 Hatchet fish, 1 male KIrbensis, 3 female kirbensis and 2 barbucca diabolica. Will either of these work out?
Barbucca diabolica is a rare fish, and what a beauty. I had to track it down on the loach site. I've no personal experience with this species, never having found them locally, but they do seem to need some water flow and this is contrary to the other fish. It would depend how you set up the aquascape. With a canister or internal filter at one end some flow could be generated for the loaches and it would be quieter for the other fish down the tank. Loaches are highly social fish, needing a small group, so I would get 6 or preferably more of these if you do decide on this species.

Lambchop rasbora are nice fish, though my favourite of this group of 3 very similar looking species is the copper or Hengels Rasbora. These really sparkle under floating plants. Whichever species, larger groups are best, 8+.

Kribs can be an issue in community tanks when spawning. As I mentioned previously, the Cockatoo would be better in my view.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:16 PM   #36
 
The last post i made has my final stocking chart. I believe that would look great, thank you for all your help. With the Java Fern, and water sprite, along with some anubias i think my first tank will look awesome.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:22 AM   #37
 
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will the addition of a common plecostomus be of any harm to this final setup?
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:05 AM   #38
 
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will the addition of a common plecostomus be of any harm to this final setup?

If I were you, I'd get a Bristlenose Pleco instead. They don't get big, but do a great job of cleaning algae. Or 3 oto cats would also be good. Wait till your tank has some algae in it to get these fish, unless you are willing to supplement, which at some point you have to do anyways :)

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Old 03-04-2012, 09:01 AM   #39
 
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If I were you, I'd get a Bristlenose Pleco instead. They don't get big, but do a great job of cleaning algae. Or 3 oto cats would also be good. Wait till your tank has some algae in it to get these fish, unless you are willing to supplement, which at some point you have to do anyways :)

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thanks for the info. i'm upgrading to a 35 gallon and i like the final stocking that has been shown in this thread. are there obvious advantages of an oto cat over an albino cory?
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:07 AM   #40
 
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thanks for the info. i'm upgrading to a 35 gallon and i like the final stocking that has been shown in this thread. are there obvious advantages of an oto cat over an albino cory?

I don't believe cory's will help you with algae, which is why I'm assuming you were asking about a common pleco. Oto cats should be in a group of at least 3, they are small and do an excellent job of keeping a tank clean of algae. In my tank with 5 otos and 1 Bristlenose I never have algae on the glass - I mean never. They are also taking care of it on the plants and everywhere else. I also do supplement them with cucumber and sinking wafers on occassion. The BN pleco is a pig! :) But an adorable one.

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