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anthony1238 07-29-2008 10:35 PM

Need some opinions...i know you got them

What you stock in this 30 gallon tank????
Heres what I Don't want because i already have:

Harlequin Rasbora
Neon Tetra
Clown Loaches

Maybe a Semi Aggressive tank, what would you do?? [/img]

onefish2fish 07-29-2008 10:51 PM

clown loaches in that 30 gallon are NOT going to be healthy little guys.. they need HUGE tanks to thrive as they grow LARGE themselves.

if you are going "semi aggressive" im assuming you have those listed fish in another tank? because they are passive, calm, peaceful fish like the tetras and mollys
if you do have them in another tank and you want a semi aggresive id suggest a few angelfish or adding more plants and getting 2 or 3 dwarf puffer fish ( put thats all you can keep in there "peacefully" ) but they are super sensitive to water conditions and ABSOLUTLY WILL NOT survive a tank cycling so if you decide on the puffers make sure the tank is well established and you CANNOT put them with other fish besides otos because they are notorious fin nippers.

theres alot of cool agressive fish though.. id say bala sharks,silver dollars, and angelfish are of the more common and poppular ones IMO

Little-Fizz 07-29-2008 10:54 PM

onefish I think he meant he already has clown loaches in another tank and doesn't want them.

anthony1238 07-29-2008 11:01 PM

yes,i have other tanks sorry that was confusing. need suggestions on this 30 gallon planted tank.

onefish2fish 07-29-2008 11:09 PM

sorry i misunderstood but yea. agressive - bala sharks, silver dollars, angelfish, tiger barbs ( most of the time fin nippers unless in a large school tend to be "less" agressive ) theres a bunch.. i suggest ( if you have a LFS close ) going to your local store and seeing the types of fish you like, writting down their names, going back home and google-ing them to see their needs: water temp,pH level,what SIZE they can grow to ( that is a common overlooked factor ) if they need a school or need to be solo and etc. etc. and if then have a question of what can go with what you can always put a compatibility post here :D

iamntbatman 07-29-2008 11:17 PM

If you want something really mean and nasty that will fit in a 30g, there are a couple of options at your disposal. A pair of convicts could thrive in a 30g and could even breed for you. Convicts are notoriously aggressive. You could also try Jewel cichlids. However, with either of these options you're not going to be able to put much else in the tank with them with any hope of them getting along. Both would be good options, though.

jeaninel 07-29-2008 11:21 PM

How about a Leopard Ctenopoma? Not sure if the tank would be big enough but I think just one might work. Then you could put the fry from your mollies/platies/swordtails in there for it to eat.

anthony1238 07-29-2008 11:30 PM

hmm, dont want to aggerssive and dont want to big that i can only put a couple fish in it. convicts would not like my plants right?? Maybe a school of tiger barbs, what could go with them. my LFS has baby tigers and 2inch ones that always caught my eye but didn't want to put them in my passive tank.

anthony1238 07-29-2008 11:36 PM

there is a guy selling baby convicts in my area for 75 cents a piece. but is that all i can put in there??

either that or I try Rainbowfish and ditch the semi aggressive idea. my girlfriend has a few threadfin rainbows that would look nice as a school with some Boesemani Rainbows, both are available at my lfs.

iamntbatman 07-30-2008 12:11 AM

I would only go for one school of rainbows. A big school of threadfins would would great. I think the tank might be on the small side for bosemani rainbows, though.

Tiger barbs would also work in a good-sized school, but they'd really limit your options in terms of what else you could stock with them.

The threadfins, on the other hand, could be kept with other fish as long as they're peaceful and wouldn't try to nip the flowing fins of the male threadfins.

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