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Jessica 05-07-2008 03:44 PM

My tank is boring...
I have a 30 gallon freshwater tank that is in need of something new.

I have 8 mollies, 1 glass catfish (the others died) and a clown loach (I was told to get him to deal with my snail problem without being told how big he could get...). There are about 4 plants in the tank.

The problem is that except when I feed them, the fish are always hiding - to the point that they are not visible. I think they started hiding when I got the loach, but I never see him either...

I would like something fun, small, and colorful. I know this tank is near overcrowding, but is there any way to salvage it?

okiemavis 05-07-2008 04:40 PM

Well, you would see a heck of a lot more of the glass fish if you got more of them. They really should be kept in groups, and they're very cool fish.

Jessica 05-07-2008 05:06 PM

Yeah... I had a bunch and then the others died off - not sure why...

Flashygrrl 05-07-2008 05:07 PM

The loach will always be very shy and hide unless you get a mega-size tank and get him about 10 of his nearest and dearest friends. Maybe find a new home for him? He'll outgrow the tank soon anyways and I dare say you'll have much bigger problems than everyone hiding.

okiemavis 05-07-2008 05:43 PM

I agree, rehoming the loach will help a lot with your stocking options. 30 gallons is plenty to do something interesting with. There are some other smaller, community loaches you could add if you still wanted something to take care of your snail problem.

There are some great top dwellers you could add to your tank. Gourami are nice, although territorial to cospecifics, so you should only get one. Both Honey Gourami and Dwarf Gourami would be an appropriate size.

Do you have any thoughts on why the glass fish died? What is your tank maintenance schedule?

Jessica 05-08-2008 01:49 AM

In regards to the catfish, if I remember correctly the others died when my one female molly started to have babies

Top dwellers would be fun. Is there something that would work in a group of 3-5?

What is the best way to find my loach a new home? I agree thats probably best.

Amphitrite 05-09-2008 06:42 AM

You'll find that most LFS will be willing to take the clown loach off your hands, although you probably wouldn't get anything in exchange.

As for top dwellers, I have a small group of pencilfish that love to hang about the top of the tank, and I think they're lovely looking little fish. When you manage to rehome the clown loach, how about going for some kuhlie loaches or corys for the bottom of the tank. Both are extremely entertaining to watch and like to be kept in groups.

Is your tank planted?

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