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Final Fish Choices
OK after reading and doing some more reading, I wanted to run down what fish I'm going to put in my tank tomorrow afternoon. I'll go with what I have and then what I want to add with a bit of an advice question at the end.
I have in my 28g bowfront:
2 x Cherry barbs
4 x Bloodfin Tetra
2 x Celebes Rainbow
When Finished I would have
5 x cherry barbs
5 x bloodfin's
5 x Celebes Rainbows
1x German Blue Ram
?? x Bottom Feeder(s)
The bottom feeder part I just don't know what is good, there are so many choices I just don't know. I don't have a large tank and I don't want to overstock. On Aqadvisor with the current setup it says I'm at 88% capacity and have plenty of room for filtration.
Feel free to tear my list apart or what ever, I had one failed tank and I just want to have an awesome one this time!
the Aquarium tab above my profile has a picture of my tank.
welcome to the forum
If you want an awesome tank, I highly recommend that you get larger schools. Aside from looking better and being more interesting to watch, a larger group is better for the fish. You can shoot for 8 of each and see where you may want to fill in.
The tank is great, but hold the horses fish folks. I think the current plan is good as it is conservitive and allows for future additions. Keep in mind, too much change and you screw up the water chemistry or make the tank unstable. Once you do, just removing fish doesn't fix it. Go slow. Add the larger shaols after you see what the new additions do to the tank, say wait 10-14 days.
Pigmy corys would be an awsome addition and low on the bioload scale. 6-8 would be just a blip on the water quality. Larger corys, 6 will do ya. As for the Ram, add plenty of structure so he stays near the bottom and dosen't start chasing schoals of tetras. He would do it for fun, but hey I'm not a tetra either.
No one should fully stock their tank overnight, even if the filtration can handle it - especially if you don't quarantine. Most people that quarantine their tanks do so for 2-4 weeks. Myself and others do a minimum of 4 weeks. There is NOTHING good that can come from stocking too quickly, and adding fish every week or two is much too fast. Water quality is not the only reason not to add all your fish at once. You can read up on quarantining to learn more about the importance of this practice.
The ones few that I have had in there now, have been in there for about 2 weeks. I don't have a quarantine tank, so I'm kind of stuck in that area. Do you think I just then just slowly add fish? Like I said I do not mind waiting. I want to do this tank right and make sure the fish are just in fishy paradise.
It would be wise to get one. Doesn't have to be fancy or expensive.
I think you should wait at least a month between additions. My preference is to do one school at a time, but I suppose it doesn't matter too much if you were to add a couple of each at a time.
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