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mbenjamin16 10-11-2013 04:14 PM

Corys, Loaches, and Bristlenose Pleco
Can someone give me more information about these types of fish? I'm looking to start a 30g or 40g aquarium that will have live plants,sand and guppy's with a few other fish also.
Thank You,

jaysee 10-11-2013 06:43 PM

I thought the tank was a 55 gallon. The dimensions of the tank play a huge role in determining your stocking options.

mbenjamin16 10-11-2013 06:49 PM

i havent got the tank yet. it was gonna be a 55g if i was going to divide it in half to suit other fish that wouldnt get along with guppies. but now i think having a 30g-40g would be ok and have a 5g to raise fry in.

jaysee 10-11-2013 07:09 PM

My best advice is to get the largest tank that you can fit and afford. I highly recommend going with a 4 foot tank (55 gallon). I know it may seem like a lot, but it's still a relatively small tank. There is a lot you can do with a tank of that size, with the fish you are looking to keep.

As far as raising fry, you've actually got it backwards - you'll need a much larger tank than a 5 to raise them to term. You will be able to have fry grow up in your show tank, so long as you have some cover for them like java moss. There's a good chance that you will eventually be over run with them breeding in your main tank. However, if you stock the tank with fish that will eat the fry, then that will go a long way to preventing a population explosion. You still eventually wind up with more than you want, but at least it will be a much more manageable amount. The fish that are going to keep the guppy population in check are going to be happier in a larger tank, for the most part.

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