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Promelas 02-28-2010 01:59 PM

Whats a good number of fish for 29g?
My tank has been running excellent since it finished cycling about a month ago. I currently have:

6 head and tail light tetras
4 Sailfin Mollies (1 male 3 female)
4 Corydoras sterbai

I have no problem with 10-20% regular water changes and I was just looking for some opinions on if I could add any more fish to the tank. I would like to maybe add 1-2 more cories, and maybe another group of tetras or something similar. Should I leave it the way it is currently or could I add some more?

Romad 02-28-2010 02:49 PM

Check out this link. You can put it your tank size, current fish, add some, and see where you end up (whether overstocked or not).

Have fun :)

AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor

Promelas 02-28-2010 05:12 PM

I've played around with that website before and it's cool, but I can't figure out what a sponge filter would be on it. I have a planted tank w/o a hang on back or canister filter

Angel079 02-28-2010 06:21 PM

So right now you have a planted 29g with a sponge filter and the listed fish - Did I sum that up correctly?

What strikes me a lil odd the Tetra vs the Mollies are in need of pretty opposite water types (soft vs hard) naturally these 2 fish wouldn't live together. So what water parameters do you have there?

The Cory's I'd up their number to at least 6; rather 8-9 given your tank size.

Promelas 02-28-2010 06:40 PM

My pH is 7.7 and I don't have a hardness test kit. I know it is harder than ideal for the tetras but I bought them when I cycled the tank at the recommendation of the LFS before I was online here. So far they have been quite active and appear healthy and from this point I would be adding fish more inline with the harness.

Angel079 02-28-2010 06:43 PM

I think I'd not add another school of Tetra to that water. So what other fish interest you since there's quite a lot for that water really???

Promelas 02-28-2010 06:52 PM

Well I do like the look of hatchets, and I don't really have anything that consistently hangs out at the top of the water column so they would be cool. The top is covered as well. I'd get my LFS to check my hardness so I can know the level for sure before I add anything else though. Other than a larger group of cories I would like to add another smaller school of something new if possible. I don't want to crowd the tank.

I do like upside down cats but have heard mixed reviews of how they would do as an addition to my tank. It would be nice to add another fish from the Americas though preferably.

Angel079 02-28-2010 07:10 PM

You may like to read this one

The Cory's to keep them happy (so with healthy) and still attractive to the view I'd really get at least 6. Another idea for the bottom could be Kuhlii Loaches dep on your substrate there?

I'd have said add a pair of blue ram's as centerpiece but I'd not feel good at all recommending them with your pH - But some sort of centerpiece fish know what I mean?

Promelas 02-28-2010 07:12 PM

Thanks for the link! I have thought about getting a centerpiece fish as well I just have no idea what one!

Angel079 02-28-2010 07:17 PM

Maybe you can get your hardness tested soon and let us know the dKH or dGH which ever one they test maybe that'll help narrow it down?!

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