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xDoctor Bob 12-28-2008 12:52 PM

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.

Any suggestions?

JHK30 12-28-2008 10:20 PM

guppys
mollies
platys
swordtails
zebra danios
corydoras
algae eater
tetras
louches
snails
shrimp

or go agressive fish
barbs
sharks

onefish2fish 12-29-2008 01:52 AM

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.

Lupin 12-29-2008 06:01 AM

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.

xDoctor Bob 12-29-2008 01:43 PM

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.

or

a Gourami tank


Everything is still in the air until friday after new years

JHK30 12-29-2008 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xDoctor Bob (Post 160095)
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.

or

a Gourami tank


Everything is still in the air until friday after new years

GOURAMI TANK!!!! GOURAMI TANK!!! FULFILL MY DEAM!

Rainbow gouramis
blue gouramis
gold gouramis
dwarf gouramis
ECT.

OMG dude it would be the awesome-est-est-est aquarium!

Tyyrlym 12-29-2008 02:09 PM

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.

Lupin 12-29-2008 10:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xDoctor Bob (Post 160095)
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.

or

a Gourami tank


Everything is still in the air until friday after new years

You cannot mix tiger barbs with phantoms. Phantoms have elongated dorsal fins which will be damaged by the tiger barbs. Tiger barbs and red tailed black shark are fine together but that's all you can try along with a few zebra danios.


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