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Steveston3 08-11-2009 09:40 PM

What fish would you add?
Hi I have a new (2 month) 65 gallon half-planted tank. (You can see pics posted on the pic board). I have a river rock terrain on the left and planted terrain on the right. It is filtered with a Penguin 125 biowheel and Aquaclear 50 hob filter. The substrate is river rock (in built-up caves) and crushed gravel and river rock. My Ph is 7.2, but it runs high, I have to lower it. Softwater with gh about 3 degrees and kh about 11 degrees. All n's and am are zero.

I have 18 neons, a golden chinese algae eater, a green chinese algae eater, an oto and a cory.

What would you add?

I was thinking of a surface/mid dweller such as flame guppies or blue tux guppies, but I was told that guppies carry diseases. I was thinking of lower dwellers, like dwarf angels (so they don't eat the neons).

What would YOU add?

aquakid 08-12-2009 07:38 AM

angelfish, catfish

1077 08-12-2009 07:47 AM

Kuhlii loaches (6) They would love the rockwork and help keep bottom clean. Have kept them on sand and pea gravel and they seem to have little trouble with either.

willow 08-12-2009 12:42 PM

hmm personally i would return the algae eaters,and get some more corys
to keep that little guy company,and get some rummy nosed tetra.

Steveston3 08-13-2009 06:41 PM

Yeah, I had two albino cories with him, but neither made it. I think the ph was too high at the time. Are they less hardy than other cories? I think I need to shoal that guy.

Why would you return the AE? They are pretty cool, the way they stake out their caves and defend them.

You're right: Kuhlii loaches would love the rock work. I'd have trouble getting used to them, though. That's just me. They are an aquired taste.

Thanks for your ideas. Interesting to see what other people envision in a tank.

aunt kymmie 08-13-2009 07:05 PM

A CAE's amusing defense will eventually turn into a nasty offense as they mature. They become quite aggressive as they get older, to the point of killing other fish in the tank. They're not what I'd keep if I was looking to enjoy a peaceful community.
If it was me (and it's not!) I'd add more cories so as to have a shoal. Otos aren't solo by nature and enjoy the company of other in order to thrive. I'd add at least two more otos, if not more.

willow 08-14-2009 04:17 AM

yeah,nasty as they get older,tend to shoot around the tank,not caring
who they crash into along the way(can you tell i kept a couple)i don't like
them at all,also i think,and i could be wrong here,they can suck the slime coat
from the other fish too.

aquariangel 08-14-2009 03:23 PM

Wehave a variety of tetras in one of the 55's....rummy nosed among them....i think willow's is a good suggestion, the rummy nosed are really neat looking. we also have cory's in w/them...I want to say they're pygmies but not entirely sure (still learning;-)).... FP could say for certain what they are,overall everyone seems to co-habitate well.

Steveston3 08-15-2009 06:52 PM

THANKS for your thoughts and expertise! Will cories shoal with other species? I have a leopard cory, will he shoal with, say, skunk cories?

I did not know that the CAE aggression will escalate: that's not something I'd like to see. I don't have a big enough tank for a couple of bullies. Should I get 2 otos to make a trio?

willow 08-16-2009 04:27 AM

yeah i would get a couple more,i love mine.
cories can be funny little things,sometimes the go with others and sometimes they don't.
i have albino and pepper,and they only come together for food,and egg eating.

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