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Erin8D 07-24-2010 05:35 PM

Help with stocking?
I have a 6.6 gallon BOOKSHELF tank up and cycling. I'm nearly ready to ad fish to it and was going over my list. I had my betta Smores' in there to amp up the cycling, waiting for his other companions to arrive, but the filter is a bit to fast for him, and he seemed very aggressive, flaring at next to nothing. So long story short I moved him into his own tank, and am looking for a(some) different centerpiece fish(es). I'm also going to rearrange the scape and ad lots more plants

The tank is halfway planted with many fake and live plants, along with bogwood and some stone.The filter is a Marineland Duetto 100 (up to 20 galls) so I'm pretty over filtered :/ I believe the dimensions of the tank are 24x8x9

I am lovin' the dwarf gouramis and honey gouramis, but from what I remember/just read they like slower currents as well, so I'm going to rip out the manual and hack away at the filter. So assume the current is not strong! I think it is super cool what the male dwarf gourami does when making his nest, however I love the cool orange/yellow of the honey. Would it be possible to house both in the same tank?

For the bottom I defiantly want some corries, since I used to have some in my ten before I learned they need at least two feet for sprints. I heard that the pepperd cory stay smaller, but the juli have always been my favorite! I was thinking around five of one of the species.

Not sure what I'm asking here actually, just though I'd type out the plan? Anyways, ad comments, suggestions, or problem with this set-up?

Inga 07-24-2010 07:13 PM

We would love to see pictures. :)

Erin8D 07-24-2010 08:10 PM

You demanding people!! Here you go(:

I checked my parameters and they are perfect.. AGAIN. So I decided it was time for a fish to tie up the end of the cycling period. I removed the wood, and added more elodia. So here is my new baby! <3

Byron 07-24-2010 11:42 PM

I suspect your tank is more than 6.6 gallons, with those dimensions. Anyway, that is actually ideal for anabantids which all come from still swamp/pond/ditch habitats thick with plants and very minimal water flow. The length and resulting surface area are perfect.

But I would not have more than one gourami, of whichever species. Read our profiles on both species and you'll see why. Click on "Tropical Fish Profiles", second from the left in the blue bar across the top, or in posts you can click on the shaded name of fish and plants to go to that specific profile directly. Dwarf Gourami and Honey Gourami for example.

Five of a cory species would be perfect. Choose a smaller species, under 2 inches. We have many listed in the profiles under Catfish; if you use the scientific name option you will see all the Corydoras together in the list. Find some you like, and note their requirements, they vary.


Erin8D 07-25-2010 12:33 AM

Oh, I'll go look those over(: I decided on a dwarf gourami, a flame morph, as you can see up above. I want to see him make his nest sooo badly, hehe.

I'll go lookk though some of the corries, I love how they have so many varriations!

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