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DoberMom 01-13-2013 01:44 PM

Cycled 29gal stocking ideas?
 
Hello all,
I have a 29gal, cycled tank with about 6 female betta and maybe 3-5 amano shrimp. It is heavily planted (plastic plants) with 2 bunches of live java moss. I'm going to be getting rid of all my females and would like to start over in my tank, meaning I want a different species of fish. I have hard water and the pH is about a 7-8 and I've kept the temp at about 80 degrees F (I used to breed my bettas and they prefer the warmer temp for breeding). I've got a sponge filter in my tank. I've not had any experience with any other species besides betta fish. I am looking to stock my tank with colorful tropical community fish but don't know where to start. I do not want guppies because they breed too much. I used to keep a pair in the tank so that they would generate food for the bettas but since their passing, I've lost interest in them. So, I'd like to add some bottom level and mid/top level fish. I am really not interested in aggressive fish anymore. They are too demanding. I do weekly water changes of about 20% and have a gravel bottom. Thanks in advance for the advice.

Byron 01-13-2013 05:08 PM

Can you let us know the GH (general hardness) and KH (carbonate hardness or Alkalinity)? These you can ascertain from the municipal water supply people, who may have a website. The numbers are important as some fish are adaptable somewhat and others are not, and "hard" can mean different things to different people. And narrowing down the pH a bit would help too; from 7 to 8 is a ten-fold increase in alkalinity.

Byron.

DoberMom 01-13-2013 11:50 PM

The hardness, I honestly have no idea. The pH is a 7.5. If I took a sample of my water to a local pet store, will they be able to tell me about the hardness of my water? I only use tap water for my tank.

Nilet699 01-14-2013 04:59 AM

You could look up the gh and kh of your water on your local water suppliers website most likely.

Byron 01-14-2013 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by DoberMom (Post 1389894)
The hardness, I honestly have no idea. The pH is a 7.5. If I took a sample of my water to a local pet store, will they be able to tell me about the hardness of my water? I only use tap water for my tank.

They might, but getting this from the water supply people is much safer as it is likely to be accurate. This is public information, so they have to be able to tell you. Just make sure you get the numbers, not some vague "moderate hard" or something.

DoberMom 01-14-2013 12:57 PM

Ok according to my city's website, the total alkalinity is 184 for ground water. As far as the hardness goes, its at 19 for ground water. I don't know what the numbers mean at all but hopefully they will help you guys suggest fish acceptable for my tank.

Byron 01-14-2013 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by DoberMom (Post 1390335)
Ok according to my city's website, the total alkalinity is 184 for ground water. As far as the hardness goes, its at 19 for ground water. I don't know what the numbers mean at all but hopefully they will help you guys suggest fish acceptable for my tank.

Can you indicate the units of measurement they are using? With numbers so far apart, I'm not sure if we can assume ppm [= mg/liter] which the KH at 184 would almost certainly have to be, but the GH at 19ppm is very soft. If you want to post the link to the site, I'll take a look.

DoberMom 01-14-2013 02:04 PM

Total Alkalinity (ppm as CaCO3) 184
Total Hardness (ppm as CaCO3) 321

DoberMom 01-14-2013 02:16 PM

http://www.anaheim.net/utilities/wat.../LatestWQR.pdf

Byron 01-14-2013 04:57 PM

OK, that is fairly hard water, somewhere in the range of 15 to 18 dGH.

So, to the fish that will suit this. Livebearers obviously. Some of the Rainbowfish (Atherinids). Central American cichlids [not all our aggressive, as you mentioned not wanting aggressive fish]. A few of the Cyprinids and Characins.

Have a browse of our profiles under these categories, narrowing them down by the water parameters and then see what you think might work. Other members may suggest their favourites; I don't really have any, as all my fish are very soft water which is what comes out of my tap so those are my fish.:-)

Byron.


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