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puppyrjjkm 08-01-2009 07:47 PM

Need a little help with tank stocking?
Hello everyone, I'm new here to this forum and I was wondering if you could help me out with stocking my 29 gallon tank. It's been up and running for about a year now and all is well. So it is currently stocked with 10 neon tetras, 2 marble hatchetfish (I would get more but none of my local fish stores sell them anymore), 3 cories, and 2 kribensis. So my question is, is my tank fully stocked or overstocked? I would really like to add something else, maybe a pair of gouramis. But other suggestions are welcome :) Also I was curious if a pair of kribensis isn't given a place to lay the eggs (such as a flowerpot, etc) will they still breed? I have a large piece of driftwood but there is no "cave" like area... if that makes sense! Thanks for your help.

DragonFish 08-01-2009 08:23 PM

Hmm....I'd add more cories, 3 or so should do, they do best in shoals :-) You may be able to get away with adding a single Dwarf/Powder Blue/Honey Gourami as well, but I wouldn't go any further then that and I most certainly would never add a pair of Gourami. IME, one of the two will end up being harassed and killed by the other. They are best kept alone or in groups of 3+ to spread up aggression.
Though if you really want your Kribs to breed I wouldn't add the Gourami.
I'm afraid don't know too much about Kribs, never looked into them too thoroughly myself....I'm sure theres someone with more experience that can answer that :-)

And welcome to the forum! :-D

puppyrjjkm 08-02-2009 09:16 AM

Thanks for your help. I'll look into the cories :) I found it quite ironic that after I posted that I checked on this tank and I found 60+ kribensis eggs. This is the second time they have bred but they ate all the fry the first time! So I guess we'll have to wait and see. Also I actuallly had 2 gold gouramis in this tank and one was always chased around. I moved them into our 50 gallon, and no more chasing. I also have a female pearl gourami in this tank, she almost seems like she is keeping them in line ;) Anyway I may add a single Opaline gourami... Are there any gouramis who enjoy being in pairs? I had a male and female pearl in this tank and they were fine. So just wondering. Thanks again for your help!

DragonFish 08-02-2009 11:15 AM

Sure, no prop :-)

Yeah, sticking them in the larger tank with a third Gourami probably helped a little there. Pearls to my understanding are a little more peaceful and seem to do okay in pairs, at least better then most Gourami.
Definitely stay away from Opaline or any Blue gourami, they can get mean. VERY mean. Had one once that not only took out a 50 gallon full of snails, but killed and ate all of my tetras save for two in less the two weeks.
But I wouldn't go with anything larger then a Dwarf Gourami in that tank currently of your really dead set on getting one ;-)

Congrats on the eggs! :-D I hope mom and dad don't eat them this time. :-)

puppyrjjkm 08-02-2009 05:03 PM

Wow, thanks for the heads up on the Opaline! I don't think I'll be taking my chances with those guys! Yeah mommy's doing a great job protecting the eggs ;) It's great to watch the parents herd the fry around the tank! Shame on me but I'm looking into another betta. Would a female be okay in this tank? If not, I think a 5 gallon may be coming my way soon! :)

DragonFish 08-02-2009 05:22 PM

Glad to hear the eggs are doing well :-D Pics? Vids? :lol:
Hmm...just a single female betta? I don't see why not. :-)

puppyrjjkm 08-02-2009 05:31 PM

You say the female betta in the community okay? Or in the 5 gallon?

I'll go grab the camera! :)

DragonFish 08-02-2009 05:33 PM

Either one, don't see why she couldn't work in the community. Never kept a female myself, but I had my male betta in my 50 gallon community for a while without issue. :-)

Haha, I can't wait to see pictures :-D

puppyrjjkm 08-02-2009 06:08 PM

DragonFish 08-02-2009 06:29 PM

Oh wow, I LOVE your tank. And the Kribs are just beautiful :-D

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