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Jessica 02-11-2009 07:52 PM

Need more 29-tall stocking help...
 
Well, a couple weeks ago I went to the fish store with the intention of getting a dwarf gourami. I recently realized that it is not a dwarf gourami, but a gold gourami - not quite sure how that happened...

Anyway, here are my tank specs, should I swap out the gold for a dwarf? Or will this be ok. Also, he is very shy (though the last day or so, he has been coming out more); is this common? Would it help to get a second?

29-tall, planted
5 glass catfish
1 cory cat
1 anglefish
1 gold gourmai

Also, should/could I get a second cory cat? And I would like something with color (my angle is black and white and the gold gourami kinda blends in with the plants...); is there a nice looking fish that could fit in with this tank?

I am planning to set up an aqua bridge to a 20 gallon, but that probably won't happen until this summer.

Thanks

aunt kymmie 02-11-2009 11:31 PM

Cories prefer to be in a group, and do best when kept in each others company. If it were my tank (and it's not) I would add 4 or 5 more.

veganchick 02-12-2009 09:28 PM

I agree with aunt kymmie, they also like sand for substrate

Jessica 02-13-2009 01:18 AM

Can I do that without overstocking?

And I should stick with the same color... so since I have an albino, I should stick with adding other albinos, right?

JohnnyD44 02-13-2009 08:47 AM

Yeah, you can add about 5 more Cories, and you should be ok. what kind of filtration do you have set-up?

veganchick 02-13-2009 11:06 AM

They don't have to be the same color, just the same size. it wont be overstocking with the cories! :) They are so cute! Do u have sand for them?

Jessica 02-13-2009 01:00 PM

Well I guess tomorrow I'll be off to the fish store.
I didn't realize that they prefer sand, but I was planning on replacing the substrate the weekend anyway, so I'll just be sure to get sand.

The filtration is through an in-tank filter, I can't think of the brand at the moment.

Thanks for the help!

aunt kymmie 02-13-2009 01:06 PM

What type of substrate to you have in the tank now? I'm sure you realize this but alot of your tank's biological is in the substrate so it's probably not a good idea to remove it and replace with sand all at once. I changed from gravel to sand and put a large amount of the gravel into a nylon hose. I filled the tank with the heavily prewashed sand and then placed the nylon hose filled with gravel onto the sand. I kept it there for a few weeks so I could avoid a mini-cycle in my tank. It worked very well. Just a heads up :-)

Jessica 02-13-2009 01:12 PM

I figured I'd have to do something like that... But thanks for the nylon hose idea. And yeah, its gravel right now.

onefish2fish 02-13-2009 02:15 PM

either put the gravel in a nylon sock as mentioned or remove a small amount, add sand. wait a week, remove a small amount, add sand...

if your going the sock route try not to let the gravel dry or be out of the tank long as this will kill the bacteria and but you back at the beginning regardless. IMO black sand always looks nice, just make sure you get one that doesnt have buffering properties


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