29 gal Ideas
I have a 29 gallon tank awaiting it's inhabitants. I don't know what I'll put into it until I go to my LFS.
or go agressive fish
i would skip out on most loaches and sharks as they get too big as well as most "algae eaters" which i believe you mean plecos
10-15 neon tetras with some plants would be more than awesome in my opinion.
Nerites are very efficient algae eaters. I have Clithon corona myself and they wiped out my BBA in less than a week. They're fed with soft green algae which I culture to keep the algae supply constant as I have not observed them to eat anything else. They will work well with bristlenose plecos and plenty of other snails. I mix my nerites with BN plecos, a whiptail and several Pomacea diffusa. All will work well in a planted tank. You might see Neritina natalensis and Vitta usnea, a few other nerites that are often sold around in LFS. If you want loaches, kuhlis will work perfectly with the snails. All the snails require calcium so you need to make sure the pH is not below 7.0. 8.0 should be right. Acidic water tends to erode the shells. Hardness levels should be high as a buffer to avoid pH crashes that will damage the shells.
I feed mine with Tums, a calcium pill available in six flavors. They don't like the unflavored ones. Caltrate is fine although the ones with Vitamin D added are best used temporarily only as Vitamin D is an oil soluble vitamin that may be dangerous in high levels if not expelled from their bodies through their wastes. Other foods include calcium enriched veggies such as collards, snail jello and then fish foods. Reptile foods containing calcium are best recommended. My snail jello consists of honey, crushed calcium pills, gelatin and baby foods.
How about some tiger barbs (6), Red tail shark (1) and some phantom tetras(6) That may be a little over but I have an air stone attached.
a Gourami tank
Everything is still in the air until friday after new years
OMG dude it would be the awesome-est-est-est aquarium!
Mixing large number of gouramis like that is not a good idea.
Your tank is borderline for a red tailed shark. They get to be 6"+ and 30 gallons is really the minimum size for one. My real concern is that when it gets older and larger it may decide the whole tank belongs to him which would not be good for the other inhabitants.
Tiger barbs are interesting fish. A 29 gallon would let you have a good sized school of them no problem.
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