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FuzzAz 03-14-2008 03:26 AM

Looking for ideas for new fish for new tank
 
this is what I was thinking

2 - opaline gouramis
6 - cardinal tetras
3 - panda coydoras

I should be able to start buying some new friends to go into my new tank I have been cycling. it is a 36 gallon tank, planted, looks like the ph at this time is at about 7.6 and gh is 5 degrees.

I haven't committed to anything at this point, I am just considering good combinations. I do know I want a community tank. The three types above I like, but I don't know where they swim with each other. I really like cichlids as far as looks go, but I understand they aren't really community tank or planted tank compatible, So gouramis seem like a good substitute. This may seem a little vague but what I am going for is a good color contrast, I would like 2-3 larger pretty fish, and a good spread all over the tank. I also like fish that look unique, examples... Glass fish, hatchet fish, long nose blind spotted marbled clown mutant fish.

Lupin 03-14-2008 03:34 AM

Re: Looking for ideas for new fish for new tank
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FuzzAz
this is what I was thinking

2 - opaline gouramis
6 - cardinal tetras
3 - panda coydoras

I should be able to start buying some new friends to go into my new tank I have been cycling. it is a 36 gallon tank, planted, looks like the ph at this time is at about 7.6 and gh is 5 degrees.

I haven't committed to anything at this point, I am just considering good combinations. I do know I want a community tank. The three types above I like, but I don't know where they swim with each other. I really like cichlids as far as looks go, but I understand they aren't really community tank or planted tank compatible, So gouramis seem like a good substitute. This may seem a little vague but what I am going for is a good color contrast, I would like 2-3 larger pretty fish, and a good spread all over the tank. I also like fish that look unique, examples... Glass fish, hatchet fish, long nose blind spotted marbled clown mutant fish.

Those opalines pack more trouble than you can possibly imagine. I'd switch them for pearl gouramis. Get 10 pandas and 15 cardinals.

Flashygrrl 03-14-2008 06:27 AM

How are you water parameters at this point (test with API liquid master kit)?

MattD 03-14-2008 09:09 AM

Try to increase the number of cory catfish. They tend to be happiest in groups of at least 6. In fact, this may be quite important to their long term well-being.

Good luck.

FuzzAz 03-14-2008 04:54 PM

how about this
 
2 - pearl gouramis (1 M, 1 F)
3 - dwarf gouramis
9 - cardianl tetras
6 - corydoras

what other types of gouramis are good to swap for the pearl? can I have silver dollars? what about a loach? I would love somthing that kept the snail population down.

36 gallons doesnt seem big enough

bf2king 03-14-2008 06:15 PM

silver dollars will get to big and will eat any plants in the tank (mine even ate java fern)

tophat665 03-15-2008 03:33 PM

Re: how about this
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FuzzAz
2 - pearl gouramis (1 M, 1 F)
3 - dwarf gouramis
9 - cardianl tetras
6 - corydoras

what other types of gouramis are good to swap for the pearl? can I have silver dollars? what about a loach? I would love somthing that kept the snail population down.

36 gallons doesnt seem big enough

I'd say skip the Dwarf Gouramis. Put in a pair of Pearls, A shoal Of cories, and a school of cardinals.

I'm assuming that you have a 30x12x23" tank. The Pearls will need the surface area of a certainty. I'm also assuming that you are going with a lightly planted tank. That being the case, you will need to overfilter with a canister filter and spray bar (to keep the current down). Look for one that 's rated in the neighborhood of 80 gallons. If you plant the tank heavily, you could add some more fish. I'd go with a clown pleco and either more cardinals or a contrasting small tetra - maybe Kerris, rummys, glowlights, or green neons.

Alternately, you could go closet to biotope with the Pearls, 9 Harlequins or Espi's Rasboras, and 6 Dwarf Chain Loaches (Y. sidthimunki), thought that would run to money.

As for switching out the pearls, Your options are to switch them out with one of the Colisa species (Dwarf, Honey, or thick lipped/giant). Moonlights get 7" long and would want at least a 55 for a pair. Blues (Opalines) are pretty aggressive, Snakeskins get too big (11"). Ditto kissing gouramis. Don't mess with Chocolate gouramis unless you are 100% sure you can keep a true blackwater tank in pristine conditions.

Reasonable people may disagree on the Moonlight gourami's suitability here.


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