Stocking for SOFT WATER 45 gallon...
So, i found out today that i have soft water..not the hard water id thought.
So, this messes up my stocking choices.
I have nine guppies..will they adapt?
I do not really want to give them back..I am very attached to them.
Plus, i have guppy fry, two that are 24 days old, and seven that were just born. And one molly fry, from when i had mollies. Shes 25 days old.
In my tank, these are the params that matter, as the tank is still cycling, so ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are still working themselves out.
GH: 71.6=4 drops
KH: 17.9=1 drop
Out of the tap [aged water] these are the params
GH: 53.7=3 drops
KH: 35.8=2 drops
My tank is a 45 gallon, [36x24x12], with a 280 watt adjustable heater, and an aqua tech 30-60 filter.
What are my choices?
If i keep the guppies,[which i hope to do, as they show no signs of stress] and if i give the guppies back?
My first thought was why the GH and KH would be different in the tank from the tap water, but as these are both only 1 drop different, I will assume it is just the testing. As i mentioned in your other thread on the API kit, I had difficulty seeing the colour changes at first and with such soft tap water.
The pH is likely being targeted by the water supply people to raise it, this is common in soft water areas, so that is not really a concern as the pH will naturally tend to lower in an aquarium with little or no buffering (KH). So this means you will have very soft water with (eventually) an acidic pH. And that opens up all sorts of options for a 3-foot 45g tank. But first, a word about your guppies.
This fish is native to a wide geographic area of northern South America (stretching from Venezuela on the west to northern Brazil and east to the Guyanas) and on the islands of Barbados and Trinidad. It can be found in clear mountain streams, swamps and ditches, and some sources mention coastal brackish waters though it is not certain if the fish are permanently resident in brackish water or simply migratory as is often the case with coastal freshwater fish. However, the species clearly has adaptability, a trait which has allowed it to become established in a great many countries around the world where it was originally introduced as a means of controlling mosquitoes. Stability however is crucial; fluctuating parameters are not that well tolerated.
That brings us to the parameters for the habitat waters of the guppy, and something I have not had much luck tracking down. There is data for the habitat of the closely-related Endlers Livebearer [once thought to be a variety of the common guppy, but now a distinct species] which is found only in a couple of coastal areas of Venezuela where the water is hard and basic [see out profile info]. I have so far not come across any reliable scientific source suggesting anything but medium hard water with a pH around 7 or higher for long-term health of guppies.
I would also plant the tank fairly well, and then not bother about "cycling." For one thing, all the fish suited to this water will benefit from live plants in many ways.
You could do a fairly specific biotope, say SE Asian lagoon [small gourami, rasbora, one of the dwarf species of loach], Amazonian lagoon or forest [many of the characins (tetra, pencilfish, hatchetfish) and catfish (corys, Twig Catfish, Whiptail Catfish, Bristlenose Pleco)], or a non-geographic habitat with fish from SA, SE Asia and/or Africa that require similar environment such as a stream, blackwater pool, flooded forest. Have a look at the tanks under "Aquariums" below my name on the left, as all of mine are very soft water and you will see some of these examples. And browse our profiles for some interesting and colourful fish.:-)
I will look at your tanks! =]
So, im 90% sure im going to keep my guppies. Im super happy about it. Especially since i called and found out and my lps says the guppies they get are local. =]=]=]
So, what other fish could i put in there with them?
I am planning on filling my tank with plants, as i found out the lps near my best friend [who i will be visiting more!] sells plants!!!! XD And i found a guy who is going to sell me his light fixture, as hes getting out of fish. His loss, my gain!!
I bought two dollars worth of water sprite, or what they told me was water sprite, and put some in my 45 and some in my fry tank..The fry love it! My snails sure do love the plants, though my rosy red minnow acts as if they arent there.
BTW, Rosy red minnows, soft or hard water? Or does it matter?
I was feeling bummed i couldent have the fish i wanted, then i found out that there are so many other fish for soft water!
So, Ive been looking..
At ALL the fish profiles. Id never really paid attention to the fish that didnt live in hard water, so i realize i have ALOT of choices!
Ive made a list of fishums that I like, Its kinda long, so im putting it in the next post.
Im thinking i might want a bigger centerpiece fish/pair/harem, and two, maybe three groups of fish. Thats along with the guppies.
One of those groups i hope will be cories!
I should be switching to sand before i get any species that prefers it. As soon as possible, actually. =]
Without further adieu, my list of fish!
Basically, whichever species is available..unless you guys know a specific species?
I dont remember what category..:oops:
Purple Dwarf Pencil Fish
American Flag Fish
So, im wondering if i could fit a single centerpiece fish, and four or five groups? and one of those groups would be the guppies. None of my guppies have large fins, just different colors. I know barbs are fin nippers, but with normal sizes fins, would they still nip? Im thinking of one or two schools being barbs..
I can only make a general observation on your lists. All are suited to the water, but many of these fish cannot be combined due to size differences which relates to behaviours and compatibility. For example, only one species of loach in a 3-foot tank, plus some of these are too large for this tank. And only one gourami, and again not the Blue because this would seriously limit other fish. Only one cichlid, same reasoning (and the Yellow I believe is rift lake so not possible).
Well, I'm really only looking for one centerpiece fish, maybe a pair, and four groups of comparable fish.
For the centerpiece I'm thinking a Bolivian ram? And the guppies would be one group, and a group of cories would be the second. What two other species would go well?
This is why I ask you guys!! Your so smart!
Corys, get what you like, one or more species is fine; aim for no less than 3 of each species if multiple species, five of a species is minimum with just one species. Depends what you can get locally, but they all get along. By the way, the "Emerald" might well be Brochis splendens, a cory-like fish but larger. Not a problem, just be aware of the larger size. Will mix in with the true corys too. If this were me, with a 3-foot tank, I would aim for 9-12 corys, with 3 or 4 species. Regardless of the species, the more the better always with corys. I would not include loaches with corys, not due to aggression or anything, but it will make the bottom too crowded. There is only one of the loach species suitable anyway.
I'm still cautioning on the guppies, this is very soft water and I think far below what they will manage with over time. But regardless, another shoaling fish with them is still a good idea, something mid-tank as the guppies are upper level and the Ram and corys lower. There are suitable species from the tetra list [forget the Serpae, they will target the guppies], and rasbora. Barbs are out, except the cherry or Black Ruby. You could have pencilfish, but not with any barb. The Coral Red Pencilfish is actually nicer than the Purple, and does very well in a 3-foot tank.
Thank you so much Byron!
I actually looked into returning the guppies to the store i got them at, and they dont accept returns on fish, and petsmart said that they cant accept fish that arent theirs. So, if the guppies start failing, i will give them their own tank, and attempt to harden the water, but for now, i dont want to mess with water parameters.
So, This is the set stocking list so far, and some of my ideas for the other slots.
Bolivian Ram  76-80*
Cories [10-12] 70-77*
Guppies [9-12] 64-82*
And these are the fish for my possible two other groups of 8-10.
Cherry Barbs 74-81
Black Ruby 72-79
And the Harlequin Rasbora, if i can find it.
Then there is the tetra list:
Bleeding Heart 73-82
When i go to the petstore, id like to know what my options are, so are any of the species in the list going to not work with the set stocking i have?
Don't have any barbs with rasbora or sedate/quiet tetra (most of the tetras listed are quiet), the barb are too active. The barbs would be fine on their own (no other mid-water fish). Actually, this might be an issue with the guppies too, not sure.
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