Stocking a 29G tank help!
I'm brand new to this wonderful hobby, and I'm hoping to get some advice about the numbers and type of fish to get to stock my new 29G tank. I set it up today and have it cycling, but I want to plan out my stock now so I can have an idea of what I'll be adding, and track them down.
I purchased strip tests and ran a test today, and the approximate values are
GH~ 150 (I believe that translates to ~8.4)
(Any other questions I will do my best to answer lol)
I really like the look of Neons, however according to their profile I don't think they will work with my GH. I'd like a variety of fish, I'm open to schooling, singles/pairs etc. Others that standout to me are Bloodfins, and a really nice Paradise that my lfs has. So yeah if anyone has any advice, or favorites they'd like to recommend, I'd love to hear! Also any advice on numbers and live plants that will work with them would be great!
Thanks in advance!
Welcome to the forum! You've got medium hard water which is not as bad as it seems. There are some tetra that can manage in this water, and it is also hard enough for livebearers.
A good general stocking plan for this tank would be a school of substrate fish like bronze cory or kuhli loach; a school of column fish like guppy, bloodfin tetra, or Pristella tetra; and then a centerpiece fish like a gourami. ((hint hint: you can click on the highlighted names to see the profile)) If I were stocking this tank I would do kuhli loach on the substrate, glowlight tetra in the column, and honey gourami as the centerpiece fish. I'm actually stocking a tank very similar to this one right now, but I have softer water and have more choices of schooling fish.
Welcome to the forum, and the hobby.:-D
Izzy mentioned the profiles, under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page; you might browse the species under characins, cyprinids, catfish, livebearers; several species would be possible from these groups [not all together of course], and the photos will show what the fish look like. Water params and compatibility issues are included in each profile.
I would definitely consider live plants. Almost all the fish that do well in smaller tanks will be better with plants.
I have a general plan in mind, however I want to make sure it will work before I go ahead with it.
I was thinking something like-
Pygmy Chain Sword- foreground
Java Fern- background
Water Sprite- floating
7 Cherry Barbs
7 Glowlight Tetras
1 Honey Gourami
1 Zebra Pleco
This will give me a number very close to the 1 inch/gallon rule if I did everything correctly. Would this be a suitable tank for a beginner? Is that slightly overstocked? I tried to find good schooling fish that will be peaceful with the Gourami, and the Zebra Pleco is just a beautiful fish and should be a good bottom (although I'm concerned that my tank may be a bit small, the profile says 36 inches works best, and mine is only 31).
Any advice or changes would be greatly appreciated!
Fish, also fine. The inch per gallon rule is not that reliable, many factors contribute to suitable fish. Without going into all that, I see no problems.
The Zebra Plecostomus you won't see much, they like to hide in wood--and it needs a log with tunnels. You could have some corys, a group of 5-6 of one species, or if you want 2 species get 3 of each. Whiptail Catfish is another oddity that would work. All these together, with what you have, no problems.
You're getting some great advice here. Sounds like it'll be a great tank.
I second the sword. The java fern is a slow growing plant and probably won't fill up your background that much. Swords are nice because they will do this, as will most hygrophilia plants.
The only warning I give you will be about the zebra pleco. This is one of the most desirable pleco in the hobby (pleco fish have a whole entourage of followers), and where I'm from a low quality fish will sell for about $100. So it might not be something you want to put in for your first try at a fish tank. But then again nothing else is stopping you. You could look into bristlenose and bulldog (rubber lip) pleco, they have albino and long finned forms that are also pretty nice looking. Or the above catfish already mentioned would work well for you too.
Agree the advice has been fantastic, I can't thank you all enough. You're both right, I did some research and pricing on the zebra and they're going for close to what I paid for my whole set up! Lol. And yes as a first timer I think it would be smarter to get acclimated with less expensive and less rare fish ( and one that is going to be more out in the open for that price.) I'm deciding between a couple different types and I'm sure I will post later to get opinions when I get it figured out!
Thank you all again
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