Suggestions wanted for stocking a community tank
I don't have a tape measure so I'm not 100% on the size but it's roughly 32L x 16w x 12h
And will be fairly heavily planted.
This is not the final stocking list but I'm thinking maybe
10 or 12 neon tetra
8 kuhli Loaches
1 BN pleco
1 or 2 GBR
Any suggestions anyone?
It's so nice to see good numbers on your school sizes. Because of the shortness of the tank, I would not add any other schools. If the tank were taller you could get another school of fish in there. But it's not, so you can't :-)
The number of gallons are irrelevant to stocking - the dimensions are what's important. Whether the tank is 20, 30 or 40 gallons, it has a foot print of 32 inches by 16 inches - perfect for a large group of kuhli loaches.
I always recommend people stay away from neons. It can be very difficult to find good quality stock. Maybe take a look at embers, rummies, or cardinals? Those should all do well in the slightly higher temps the rams need.
Speaking of which, definitely keep the rams in a pair. You have the space and their behaviors are much more interesting this way.
Yes I do agree, neons aren't the best choice for GBRs. In addition to their spotty quality, they like water on the cooler side and the GBRs do best in 80+. How about cardinals? They're more colorful than neons anyway.
I already have the neons in another tank and never had any issues, they are great!
I am willing to give up the GBRs for another centerpiece fish. Suggestions? Dwarf gourami?
How about bolivian rams? Or apistos.
If you are dead set on neons, I guess you could give up the GBRs. However, the other tank mates you have selected are very GBR compatible. And GBRs are absolutely beautiful fish. Don't know if you have kept them before but the color and behavior is incredible. Highly recommend them.
I already have the neons. I've had them for about 6 months and they're pretty cool :-D
What about apistogramma trifasciata?
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