New 29gal set up suggestions?
I have recently purchased and set up a 29 gallon freshwater tank. I have a large piece of driftwood (that I have an awesome picture of, but I can't figure out how to post here) as the center piece. I have a Fluval U3 filter and an AquaticLife T5 HO dual lamp light fixture.
I will be transfering an Amazon sword and 4 Anubis plants to the new tank from my 10 gallon. The Anubis i plan on tying to the driftwood. I also plan to plant some Corkscrew Vallisneria, Java, moneywort, and Red Luwigia in the tank.
I will be transfering 3 monkey loaches and am planning on purchasing another Crowntail betta, and a breeding pair of starlight bristlenose plecos. I was thinking about adding some cardinal or neon tetras - but i've heard that they can become snack food for bettas.
I'm planning on adding some slate and a few river rocks to make some caves for the plecos.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what other fish I might add safely to the tank with the betta?
Hello and welcome!
First off, on your light, that will be very bright and you may run into algae issues with it unless you plan on injecting CO2. T5HO is more for marine tanks than freshwater because of that. If you are stuck with that fixture, expect to greatly reduce your photoperiod and get some floating plants in help block the light.
For fish with a Betta .... that's extreamly tricky and very individual on the Betta. In more cases than not, they will be aggressive and/or cause stress on other fish. Even if you don't see the Betta picking on them, their presence alone and stress others.
I second not mixing Betta with other upper fish. Sometimes this can work, but often (the majority) it won't. Either the Betta will be aggressive to the other fish [and you are correct, linear tetra fish may be eaten, I have had neons go this route with a Betta], or the other fish will fin nip and stress out the poor Betta. Betta should be lone fish.
On the loach, presumably this is the Dwarf Loach Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki, so I would increase the number to 5 or 6. The profile [click the shaded name] explains why. I wouldn't mix these with a Betta, as this loach can fin nip upper fish and the Betta is too much of a temptation.
I do plan on adding a CO2 system, as well as having some duck weed :) I also had planned on adding at least 2 more dwarf monkey loaches to the 3 I have. The current 3 are in a 10 gal. that had a crowntail betta. They all actually got along fine? But I will watch everyone when they're added to the tank.
There was an article in PFK a while back on fish that are not community fish, and the Betta was near the top of the list.
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