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Brien7 05-16-2013 02:22 AM

tank help
Recently moved and lost some of my fish in the stress of battling it all..So I have one Pearl gourami left. So I've been advised on other forums that I can do this with my 55g tank so just checking If it's good

*3 Pearl Gourami - 1m 2f
8 Black Ruby Barbs
9 Cherry Barbs* - more males than females, males are red females are coppery
5 Polkadot Loaches
1 Rainbow Shark

Sounds amazing. So is it possible?

jaysee 05-16-2013 06:10 AM

Yes, it's quite possible. My only concern would be the shark. The loaches should be able to handle it, but keeping bottom dwellers with a highly territorial bottom dweller has its risks. Now, if there's going to be a problem, it probably won't be for a while as it takes time for the shark to turn nasty. A note on the polkadot loaches - mine cost me $20 each. They are wild caught and are much more expensive than other loaches. In a 55, I would go with zebras instead. Easier to find, much cheaper (if $ is an issue) and they are a bit smaller, so you can get more of them. I would suggest 9-10, just like the other schools. Loaches are highly social creatures that develop complex social hierarchies. Pearl gouramis are also social, enjoying the company of their own kind - you could do 5 in your tank. I have a school of 6 and will be adding a few more.

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fish monger 05-16-2013 06:56 AM

Agree that the shark would most likely be the only real risk. I have a red tailed in a 55 and a rainbow in a 30. They both chase whatever will run away from them. If the other fish doesn't run, they kind of have this awkward move that seems to be saying "I wasn't going to chase you anyway."

Don't know all that much about the loaches; however, I always thought I would go with the zebra due to their size, temperament, and relatively low cost for such an attractive fish.

Brien7 05-16-2013 06:58 AM

5*Pearl Gourami*-
8 Black Ruby Barbs
9 Cherry Barbs* - more males than females, males are red females are coppery
5 zebra Loaches
1*Rainbow Shark

Updated list seems amazing how under stocked my tank was lol. Seems like this I'd going to be amazing seriously can't wait! Thanks so much. Honestly never knew how much I could fit in my tank.

Brien7 05-16-2013 07:05 AM

Would the loaches or shark attack the corydoras?

fish monger 05-16-2013 07:19 AM

Well, I can't say insofar as the loaches are concerned. I would be tempted to say it would probably work out if the loaches are in a big enough group. My rainbow shark kind of "bugs" my corys occasionally. It's a very short (inches) chase more than an attack and the corys seem to go about their business immediately afterword. I'm inclined to take on a little more risk and tolerate a little more confrontation than most members. Naturally, I don't let obvious stressful bullying persist. It's probably best to err on the side of caution in most cases.

Brien7 05-16-2013 08:36 AM

Alright sweet could you suggest anything other then loaches as they are really different and well ich is annoying lol. Wondering if anting else I can get That's just as cool? So excites to start all this and pissing off the guppies

Tropical Trav 05-16-2013 09:38 AM

I am just a beginner but i was told you should have 1 male cherry barb to 2 females. It couldve been bad advice but maybe someone smarter than me could address it.

jaysee 05-16-2013 09:51 AM

I'm not exactly sure what ich has to do with anything. The heat treatment works on them just as every other fish that swims. Loaches are salt sensitive though - I know people here like to use salt with the heat to make the parasites extra dead, but with loaches salt should not be used.

Zebras and queen loaches are good choices for your sized tank. I don't recall the price of the queens though.

I have found that barbs do best with an even split. However, in a large school, as they should be kept in, exact ratios are not important. Once you get around 10, whether you have an extra male or two does not matter. In a 55, you could easily keep at least 15.

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Tropical Trav 05-16-2013 09:59 AM

good to know about the Cherry Barbs. I have 7 of them. 2 m & 5 f. They do great together but the males constantly harass the females.

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