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Xiles 10-05-2009 01:59 PM

Stocking Help - 75g Community
Hi. (: I'm new here, nice to meet you all.

I'm trying to find help with stocking my 75g. It's new, but cycled fairly quickly already (I have gotten to my nitrate levels - that means I'm cycled, right?). My current stock is:

3 Male guppies (We only wanted two, but the LFS owner mistook a very yellow male for a female; we didn't notice until the next few days. :lol: )
5 Female guppies
9 Cories (I'll have to get them ID'd later, I forget their kinds, but I know they range from 2-3" fully grown.)
1 Male betta
4 Dwarf frogs

We also have some plants (some kind of grass, something that looks like clovers, and a sword something or other. I'm not experienced with plants yet.) We plan on putting in some Java moss and gradually replacing the remaining plastic plants with real plants as we get better at taking care of them. :-D

My question is what else to put in the tank. We primarily want small schooling fish, but I know that my spouse would be happy with something larger and more colorful. I'm new to community tanking, so it's confusing trying to mix everything. :shock:

We were thinking about Glofish or Tetras ... Maybe rainbows? I don't want anything the betta may see as a threat, though.


Twistersmom 10-05-2009 07:40 PM

Welcome to the forum!

The tank is cycled when ammonia and nitrites read zero. What are your readings now? Also, what is your ph level? Knowing your ph will help us suggest fish more suited for you water.

Xiles 10-05-2009 09:34 PM

Oh. Then it should be cycled. I believe that they're 0-0-...10-20? It's a little hard to read the kits.

The PH is a little high I think, but I am adding CO2 soon (within the next week) so hopefully it'll go down a bit. It's somewhere above 7 ... 7.3 or 7.4. The water here is very soft, but very alkaline. My LFS said they could never get theirs below 7.5 generally. All of their fish are personally or locally bred, so I guess they're adjusted. My current fish are doing great (all from that LFS).

I do know that my PH is very stable, at least.

willieturnip 10-06-2009 08:11 AM

Ahhh, you should have gone Malawi cichlids! They love alkalinity.

jeaninel 10-06-2009 04:39 PM

Rummynose tetras and Harlequin Rasboras are some of my favorite schoolers and great community fish. I have both and they do fine in my water with a Ph of 7.6 and KH of 4. Lemon, Pristella or Diamond tetras are other possibilities.

Xiles 10-07-2009 04:49 PM

Tetras would be nice. I like quite a few of them, lol.

I had a scare last night after a water change. My ammonia jumped to .25. Turns out there's ammonia in my tap, and the PH is very high (even though it's soft?). The fish are all doing fine now, but until I get the CO2 and possibly peat moss in, it looks like my PH is going to be at least 7.6.

Twistersmom 10-07-2009 07:39 PM

All the fish you have now, can live just fine in your ph. I am not sure that I would try to adjust it.
My ph is close to 8, although I do avoid fish that are very sensitive to a high ph. There are many fish that will do well in what you have.
For the ammonia in the tap, you will want to use Prime or another type of water conditioner that will detoxify the ammonia.

Xiles 10-08-2009 08:06 PM

Oh. I didn't know if they'd go well in that high of PH. If so, then I'll leave it as is and just use Excel for my plants' carbon need.

I guess the conditioner I have doesn't detoxify? I know that it dechlorinates. All the fish are fine now and the ammonia's back down, so I'm guessing I may have gotten some tap water on the test or something. Either way it's all back to normal, but I think I'll check out the Prime stuff since everyone says it's good.

Thanks for the help. (: I'll see if I can find fish that are compatible with the PH instead of trying to lower it.

teddyzaper 10-16-2009 07:33 PM

i would go with some rummy nose tetras. like 10-15 of them! but thats just me :)

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