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xrayjeeper83 02-06-2010 09:57 PM

changing to a community tank
I have had ciclids for about a year now and am over them, 2 of the 3 just hid all the time enless there was food. And the other one just stayed at one side or another. So Im thinking of starting a community tank.

First my water cemistry is PH of 7.6, 0 Nitrites, 10ppm nitrates, 0 ammonia, 6 kh. lost my gh stuff.

I am thinking about getting 6-7 cardinal tetra's, 6-7 rummy nose, 3-4 cory's, 4-5 black skirt, and 2 groumi's(sp) in a 29 gallon. Do yall think that will be over loaded. Also I am slowly planting the tank, as of right now I have 2 live plants in it.

philipboucharddavies 02-06-2010 10:11 PM

That would be over stocked, if i were you it pick between either the cardinals or the rummy noses' that should make it right. Also possibly get 2-3 more corys.

Phil :)

cmc29 02-06-2010 10:49 PM

Check out my 29 gallon on the aquarium tab right above my status. I think live plants are the key to allowing me to stock my tank so heavilly. I have 6 Cardinal tetras, 10 rasbora espei, 6 hatchet fish, 3 striped ottocinclus, 1 siamese algae eater, 3 kuhli loaches, and coming soon 2 German Dwarf Rams.

Also on the Gourami's...i'd skip them personally in this kind of community tank. They are not very active IMO and can seem kinda stressed by all the schooling activity, plus when i had more than got killed..:-(.

cmc29 02-06-2010 10:55 PM

On a side note; i always try to layer my schools of fish within my tank. Like a school that swims on the top (my hatchets), and then middle schoolers(like your rummies), and fish that stay mostly on the bottom third. If you already know this then i'm sorry for the overkill. :-)

xrayjeeper83 02-06-2010 11:17 PM

what do yall think of each? minus the gourami's

This is my tank now, all but 2 are fake and will be replaced with real plants as i can afford em

cmc29 02-06-2010 11:38 PM

I had rummy nose before, and i can tell you that they're pretty sensitive to water quality and require frequent water changes. Cardinal tetras i absolutely love, but they can be sensitive also, but beautiful fish with colors that really pop. My Cards really school tightly together and i have only 6 right now, but thinking of adding a few more soon. I"ve personally never kept corys or black skirts though, so i have no knowledge base there.

cmc29 02-06-2010 11:41 PM

Is that an airstone in there? If you have an air pump and you plan on having live plants, you'll probably want to turn it off. If you don't your plants won't be able to get the CO2 they need to thrive. As the airstone adds oxygen to the water(which your plants will do, so the airstone doesn't have to)

xrayjeeper83 02-07-2010 09:30 AM

thanks for the info, yes that is a air stone and I will go shut it off right now

xrayjeeper83 02-07-2010 10:01 AM

well after talking to my gf and the kids they really like the stone. Its really not putting out a lot of bubbles, so Im going to see what happeneds. I have had one plant in there for 3 months or so with no ill affects. Ill just watch them and if they start to look bad ill stop it then

But thanks for the info

cmc29 02-07-2010 01:34 PM

It's your tank :-). I"m sure it will be great! I think you'll love your new community tank. But, if you plant heavily and notice your plants aren't reaching their full potential it might be time to remove it, but that may be a long time down the road, if ever. I know where you're coming from, i had 3 airstones in mine before i planted it, and now i don't miss them at all. I just admire the natural beauty of the plants and the colors of my fish.

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