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eaturbyfill 06-24-2012 01:12 PM

1st Community Tank
For when I get a community tank, these are my 3 options I planned out. (:
Are these suitable?

2 Schools of Tetras, 10 of each
1 Dwarf Gourami
6 Corys
Java Fern

8 Zebra Danios
8 Rasboras
4 Corys
Java Fern

10g species only tank:
10 Tetras
Java Fern

thekoimaiden 06-24-2012 02:25 PM

They look good for the most part, but I would make a lot of changes to the plants. Small schooling fish like what you are planning thrive in heavily planted tanks. To all of your tanks I would add floating plants and just more plants in the substrate in general. The floating plants will help subdue the light and make the tetra and gourami look better.

In the 20 gal, you should have at least 5 corydoras as they do best in large groups. Just like the tetra, add as many of them as you can. The two schools in the 30 gal and 20 gal might look a bit crowded in my opinion. In the 20 gal it might be a bit overstocked. I'd rather just have a single large school of around 12-15 tetra; the more of the species around, the more brilliant the tetra will be. The dwarf gourami would also not be my first choice. Due to many years of inbreeding they are rather fragile now. They are also known to carry the dwarf gourami iridovirus, an incurable, fatal disease. Honey gourami are a much better alternative.

And lastly, while zebra danio, gourami, some cories, and some rasbora are rather adaptable to a wide range of water parameters a lot of tetra species aren't. In order to say that which ones would be best for your water and your tanks, we'll need your local water pH and hardness (both GH and KH). Sometimes pet stores will know these, but more than often you need to look at your city water quality report to find these. The water quality reports are often published online.

eaturbyfill 06-24-2012 02:38 PM

20g 30g Fish/Plant
14 8 Zebra Danios
0 8 Rasboras
5 5 Corys
2 3 Java Fern
2 2 Anubias
1 1 Hornwort
1 1 Duckweed

Is this better? Thank you for the help. I have never had a planted tank, which is why that part is the worst, lol.

thekoimaiden 06-24-2012 05:02 PM

Your plant list is looking much better, but I still think you can add more. If you are looking for plants that are found normally at Petsmart and Petco, anarcharis and bacopa are more good choices. For the 30 gal, you could also get an amazon sword (they come in the tubes). Some petsmarts and petcos will have a better selection. Browse that, see what names you can get, and then research the plants to make sure they will fit in your tank.

The Tropical Fish Profile here also have a few common aquarium plant profiles, too. Click on the shaded name of the plant or fish to find them.

eaturbyfill 06-24-2012 05:51 PM

I've been using those profiles a lot lately!
Would adding an anacharis to the 30 be enough?

AK Fresh Water 06-25-2012 01:56 PM

I don't have any experience using Anacharis, but I heard that it kinda falls apart in warm tanks (75+ F).

eaturbyfill 06-25-2012 02:11 PM

Aw, darn. It's pretty.

AK Fresh Water 06-25-2012 02:16 PM


Originally Posted by eaturbyfill (Post 1129461)
Aw, darn. It's pretty.

I would ask around though to make sure. Like I said, I've never personally used it. That's just what I've heard.

Olympia 06-25-2012 02:33 PM

I have it, and my tank has been pushing 80F from this heat but it's growing like a weed still.. Might not be the best for long term warmth though.
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thekoimaiden 06-25-2012 03:43 PM

I've always heard the same thing about anarcharis. I did a little research into it, and found out there are four species commonly traded under the name anarcharis. Some are suited for warm water tanks, and some are not. I have the particular species that does well in warm tanks; I have some that is thriving in my 80F betta tanks. Since it is a high-light plant, you might want to float it for a while in your 30 gal and let it get established before planting it.

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