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jostrom 05-27-2008 10:26 AM

Starting a New tank
 
So right now i have 5g tank, a 2.5g tank and a 10g tank. I am going to shut down the 10g tank a start a 29g tank sometime in the near future. I want this tank house all types of fish. I know that i want to have the fallowing fish in the tank.
-6 neon tetra
-6 rasbora hets
I was wondering what other fish can i have in there with them!

Pasfur 05-27-2008 11:26 AM

Neons and Rasbora Hets are great community fish. I would suggest expanding the size of your Neon school to 12 or 18 fish. They really look amazing in a large shoal.

When picking fish, think about the water levels in which they swim. Neons occupy the bottom of the aquarium. Hets swim in the middle to upper level, so you will have room for another 6 fish or so that swim in the middle to upper levels of the tank. I would suggest a Tetra, such as the Lemon or Pricella. Both are very peaceful, hardy, and beautiful fish.

You will also have room for a "species" fish to be the focal point of your tank. When you are certain that the environment is in great condition, the fish are thriving, and all water parameters are constant, then it is time to add this fish. My favorite choice would be a pair of Ram Cichlids. They are very peaceful and will bring a new personality to your aquarium. Don't be afraid of the word "Cichlid". Some Cichlids are extremely peaceful, and this is one of them. Your Hets will be the most aggressive fish in your tank!

MattD 05-27-2008 12:16 PM

Yay a new tank!

Ram Cichlids are gorgeous, although be warned they prefer to occupy the lower levels of the tank and may occasionally become reclusive. Just fyi in case your 'display' species isn't always out on display. :lol: :lol:

Good luck.

jostrom 05-27-2008 03:11 PM

ok i think i have it...
12-neon tetra
8-Rasbora hets
6-lemon tetra
2-Ram Cichlids
1-common pleco
What do you think about Cardinal tetra instead of Neon Tetra.

Flashygrrl 05-27-2008 04:37 PM

No common pleco unless you have immediate plans for a 75 home for it. No joking.

Other than that the stocking seems ok, none of those get very big.

beweeb 05-27-2008 04:38 PM

cardnal tetras are a lot cooler than neons people say neons school beter i would go with cardnals :lol: :D :)

Cody 05-27-2008 05:11 PM

I love Cardinals. I have 6 in my planted 5G, and they are very pretty. They have a lot of personality, and come out a lot more (and are more active) than the previous Neons I had. I, personally think they are more pretty too.

If you do decide to get Cards, get a lot of live plants to make them feel comfortable. I have probably 9 or 10 plants in my 5G, and they are out almost all the time.

As for your stocking, that sounds ok. But, as stated, the Common Pleco will reach 18" long, and will poop as much as a 30" fish. Your looking at a large tank with a good filtration unit to house one. Maybe a Clown Pleco instead? They stay relatively small (4"), but are very reclusive. I have one in my 30G, and probably see him once every 2/3 weeks, when I have to move around my driftwood.

It'sJames 05-27-2008 05:30 PM

I would totally go with Cardinals. I have some in my 28 gallon, and they're doing great. I wasn't sure how they would do - I have a really high ph, about 8.2. All is going well with them though. I think they're much prettier than neons. Some people say that they're hardier than neons, but that depends on where you get them. Like Cody said, put some plants in there for them.

Pasfur 05-27-2008 06:31 PM

Time out....
You can't keep Ram Cichlids with an 8.2 pH. Unless you are prepared to lower that pH, we need to reconsider your fish selections.

Cody 05-27-2008 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pasfur
Time out....
You can't keep Ram Cichlids with an 8.2 pH. Unless you are prepared to lower that pH, we need to reconsider your fish selections.

James said he doesn't keep Rams, just Cards at 8.2. And the OP has not stated anything about pH. :)

But Pasfur is correct; Rams need very soft water. They will not tolerate hard water with high pH.


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