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BuddinK 03-13-2014 03:36 PM

My Plan

I've gotten my plan for my 29 gal, planted aquarium and want to see if anyone sees anything I may have wrong.

2 1/2" red fluorite substrate (already in)

1 aqua beam 600 ultima Marine white 12 w
1 gro beam 600 ultima 12 w

Currently running a penguin 150 HOB and a sponge filter.

I originally had the power head on it but felt the current was too strong, so I removed the power head.

7 Silver Hatchets
9 neon tetras
2 white skirt tetras
1 angelfish
1 dwarf blue gourami
3 albino cory's

3 pieces of Malaysian driftwood

Not sure of the plants yet.

Does anyone see where I may be going wrong?


jentralala 03-13-2014 07:44 PM

I would remove the white skirts and the angelfish. I'd also up the numbers of all the fish except the gourami. 10 hatchets, 10 Neons, 8 corys.

Keep an eye on the corys and make sure the flourite isn't bothering them, there's a possibility that it could wear down their barbels and hurt them.

henningc 03-17-2014 04:42 PM

I'd take out the gourami, white skirts and angels ASAP. The white skirts or angels will eventually have a blast shredding your hatchets into fish burger. The blue gourami is too large or will be and carrys a bioload to prove it. If you're worried about the corys, put a fine layer of sand over the substrate.

Flint 03-18-2014 06:57 AM

The gourami maxes at 3".... He won't get too large I have one in my 10 gal.
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jimscott 03-18-2014 07:14 AM

I was just a little confused at the description of 'dwarf blue gourami'. I wouldn't be surprised if this is a new strain of something, as I've been out of the hobby for awhile, but I'm thinking that either you have a blue gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus) or a Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia). Dwarfs are less bullying than blues but I wouldn't trust a relatively larger fish like a gourami or an angel to not make a meal out of neons.

Floating plants, like Water Sprite would be helpful for hatchets.

Flint 03-18-2014 10:53 AM

Dwarf blues are a color variant of the dwarfs, Jim. I would trust my dwarf with neons, his mouth is far too small to make a snack of them.
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jimscott 03-19-2014 09:57 AM

Is that same thing as the 'Powder Blue' or 'Turquoise' dwarf gourami?

Flint 03-19-2014 10:22 AM

Yes, just different common names. (:
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jimscott 03-19-2014 10:28 AM

Is it the one that looks more like the typical dwarf gourami or the one without the prominent banding? Common names of fish and carnivorous plants drive me nuts - especially salt water fish, and trying to order them from catalogues of different suppliers. Anyways, we're referring to Colisa, as opposed to Trichogaster, and that makes a significant difference as to what can make a meal out of a neon and what probably won't.

Flint 03-19-2014 11:02 AM

The bottom photo is a dwarf blue. The top looks like a peacock to me. It's just the various ways they bred the naturally occurring colors in the strain.
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