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SUPERDAVE2 09-28-2008 07:21 PM

suggestions for tankmates
I am new to the aquarium dad recently got me hooked. I have a 55 gal with live plants in it. My fish are dwarf gouramis, 1 angelfish, 1 beta, several neon tetras and several cory cats. I would like to add 1 or 2 more cool looking fish. I was thinking about a black fin shark but I don't know....Any suggestions?

iamntbatman 09-28-2008 07:49 PM

What fish do you mean by "black fin shark"? I've seen both bala sharks and Colombian sharks marketed as such. Balas are schooling fish and get to 16" long, so they're too big for your tank. Colombian sharks also get pretty big and need brackish water as they mature so those would also be a bad call.

How long has the tank been set up? I ask because if you haven't had problems yet, you may in the future between your gouramis and your betta. I tried putting my male betta in with a male dwarf gourami once, and the gourami didn't tolerate it at all and I had to move the betta back to his old tank.

How many neons and cories do you have? You could always add more of each of these type of fish to their schools.

Depending on how many of these schooling fish you have, you might be pretty close to being fully stocked. You might be able to do another school of small schooling fish, like harlequin rasboras or another type of small tetra like black neons or possibly rummynose tetras.

SUPERDAVE2 09-29-2008 06:53 AM

I don't know about the black fin shark...I saw them at a local pet store and they were listed as Black Fin Shark (catfish). I guess I'll skip those. The smaller fish are:

4 neon tetras
3 cory cats
2 plecos (I forgot about those)

I have had the tank set up for about 4 months and so far, no problems with the beta and gouramis. My Dad had trouble with his when the gourami built his bubble nest and he had to seperate them. Mine have not attempted a bubble nest yet. If I am stocked enough on the fish, could I add one or two of the african dwarf frogs? I think those are cute too. Thanks!

Little-Fizz 09-29-2008 01:38 PM

What kind of pleco? This could prevent you from adding more fish. The common pleco gets massive and has a huge bioload.

but if you have one that stays small then I would probably get a way bigger shoal of cory cats, anddd :? I'm not even sure, I would have said rams but you already have a betta and gouramis so that would just add to the problem.

I wouldn't be worried about adding a couple ADFs, they are really cute :)

okiemavis 09-29-2008 09:24 PM

Hmm, the angel will probably decide to eat the neons when it gets older. However, if you choose to keep them, it's a good idea to make that group much larger. I also agree that increasing the number of cories is a good idea :)

The tricky thing with ADF's is that they have really poor eyesight, so they tend to starve because everyone else eats the food before them. They also need to surface to breath air...I generally think they're poorly suited for a community aquarium. You could probably add some shrimp though if you want. How large are your plecos & what species are they? If they are larger or aggresive, they may pick at the shrimp.

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