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gema 08-28-2013 05:52 PM

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?

newtchaplin 08-28-2013 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by gema (Post 2901729)
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?

seem like a good match, by your measurements you have a 25 gallon tank so you might want to only add 2 kuhli loach they get 4" in length, 12 neons 1", 1 bristlenose pleco 4 1/2", and GBR 2".

jaysee 08-28-2013 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by gema (Post 2901729)
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?

Looks like a good list.

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.

Jeffrey 08-28-2013 09:29 PM

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.

jaysee 08-28-2013 09:39 PM

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.

gema 08-28-2013 11:51 PM

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?

jaysee 08-29-2013 12:09 AM

How about bolivian rams? Or apistos.

Jeffrey 08-29-2013 12:50 AM

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.

gema 08-29-2013 03:21 AM

I already have the neons. I've had them for about 6 months and they're pretty cool :-D

What about apistogramma trifasciata?

newtchaplin 08-29-2013 03:07 PM

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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?

dwarf gourami is a good choice. I sorta agree about the neon's but not really. I have gotten a lot of neon's in my time and I have to say they have problems, maybe it is the mass breeding of them and most usually have ick, or stunted growth, or a curved spine, and they seem to get cotton mouth pretty easy. Neon tetras need acidic water to live a happy life, most other fish do not need that kind of water so the neon's usually only life a couple of year opposed to a full life. Sometimes you might get lucky and find some that are healthy. If you are going to keep the neon's you need to stock with fish that need the same environment that they live in. I'll post a pic showing what kind of water neon's need to survive a full life. The type of water that you need for a neon is Tannin water. The pics show what you will want it to look like.


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