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post #1 of 24 Old 10-19-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking Suggestions (again)

Hi all,
I know I already asked about cycling but I'm not loving the look of some of the fish on it and times change. So at the moment I have a 38 gallon semi planted tank with 4 long fin leopard danios- 1 orange glofish ( they school together)- 1 rubber-lip pl*co- and 5 Emerald Cory Catfish. I dont know the exact hardness but its pretty high. My PH is about 7.4. The temp. stays at 75. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 24 Old 10-20-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hi again
I just thought I would mention that i'm leaving on a trip tomorrow till thursday so I might not be able to reply till then, but if you have an answer to my question don't hesitate to reply.
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post #3 of 24 Old 10-22-2012, 11:49 AM
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If you have pretty hard water, you should look at the livebearers. Guppies (Poecilia reticulata), swordtails (Xiphophorus hellerii), endlers livebearer (Poecilia wingei), or platies (Xiphophorus maculatus) would be good choices. If you want them to reproduce, then get 2 females for every male. If you don't want babies make sure you only get males. Of all those fish, swordtails and endlers are my favorites. The koi-colored swordtails are just gorgeous!

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If you have pretty hard water, you should look at the livebearers. Guppies (Poecilia reticulata), swordtails (Xiphophorus hellerii), endlers livebearer (Poecilia wingei), or platies (Xiphophorus maculatus) would be good choices. If you want them to reproduce, then get 2 females for every male. If you don't want babies make sure you only get males. Of all those fish, swordtails and endlers are my favorites. The koi-colored swordtails are just gorgeous!
Ok thanks I like the Swordtails and the Platies. Anyone else have any suggestions?
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post #5 of 24 Old 10-27-2012, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry about the double post. I came back to find my rubberlip dead so now I'm down to 5 danios and 5 corys. I don't know if this changes any suggestions you might have. Also I forgot to mention earlier we add water softener so the water is not as hard as i thought its probably somewhere in the middle.
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post #6 of 24 Old 10-30-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Could I do 3 swordtails ( 1 male 2 females) 5 platies and maybe some Endlers if I can find them? Are mollies a possibility? I rather like the Dalmatian Mollies.


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post #7 of 24 Old 10-30-2012, 07:42 PM
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Not sure how well established your tank is but keep in mind that Cory's and Pleco's are basically scavenger/bottom feeder fish. You would have to supplement their food as there may not be enough of an established food base to maintain these guys. With a 38 Gallon community tank you have MANY options. Your best bet is go to a reputable LFS and discuss what you have and ideas for your tank. Based on the fish you have some that would be fine would be Skirt Tetras, Platies, Mollies, Neons (should be okay), some Gouramis (can be nippers), Other Danios, Guppies...etc.
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post #8 of 24 Old 10-30-2012, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks
I guess you missed my earlier post my pleco died while I was away. My tank has been set up and running for about 4 months and is planted. I think I would like to have
1-3 Swordtails
3-5 Platies
1-3 Mollies
And my current stock
Anything else?


Also do you think shrimp could be a possibility or would the be devoured by hungry fish?
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post #9 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 10:46 PM
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I have at least 6 ghosts & cherry shrimp living happily in my 30G w/ long fin danios, platys, and sailfin dalmation mollies. There's also a batik loach in there, and an ADF. All are doing very well.

Just an fyi about mollies... some of them get big.. like 4-6 inches. Also, they (and platys) mate like CRAZY... so if you don't want to breed them, try to stick to 1 gender (as pp already mentioned).
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post #10 of 24 Old 11-09-2012, 07:25 AM
I keep platies with Harlequin Rasbora, which are a really nice schooling fish.

With a 38 Gallon tank you could have some Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish. Those are beautiful, peaceful, hardy, and school together nicely.

If you want to try another pleco, bristlenose plecos are great and are appropriate for that size tank.

Have fun with your new tank! Looking forward to seeing some pics as the stocking progresses.


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