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Inga 08-04-2010 05:35 PM

A plan for re-stocking 60g tank
Due to inaccurate information from the fish department at Petsmart, I am sitting with a tank full of inappropriate fish. I have 2 Leporinus in a 60 gallon planted tank. Anyone that knows these fish like I NOW do, knows that they are plant eating fish that can become quite aggressive and also grow to over a foot long. :shock: :shock: :shock:

I also have a Rainbow shark which limits my bottom fish choices. I had hoped to add Loaches or Cory's but don't know that I can with Mr. Rainbow Shark. :-?

Once the Leporinus are too big for this tank, I will be re-homing them. I am working on finding a place for them now. Looking to a live fish store here in hopes of getting a store credit for them and maybe the rainbow shark. They won't tank the Barbs, they were firm on that.

Anyway, I am hoping to start coming up with a plan for new fish. I am looking for suggestions. At this point, any fish I get MUST get along with 1 blue Gourami and 8 Tiger Barbs. I also have 2 Oto's in the tank. Also.... NO PLANT EATERS.

I wasn't sure if Cory's would work since I have Eco-complete for substrate and I am not sure if that is too rough of a surface for them? Anyone know?

At this point I am just hoping for some good options. The tank is 4 feet long and relatively heavily planted. Getting heavier by the day.:-)

Inga 08-04-2010 06:35 PM

whoops! That was supposed to be a thread of it's own. Don't ask me what happened there. Can the mods move this last post, please??? I don't know how to do it.

Byron 08-04-2010 06:52 PM


Originally Posted by Inga (Post 439430)
whoops! That was supposed to be a thread of it's own. Don't ask me what happened there. Can the mods move this last post, please??? I don't know how to do it.

Done, no problem Inga.:-) Byron.

Inga 08-04-2010 06:58 PM

Thanks so much. Hopefully that was a one time occurrence, it is sort of embarrassing to realize you just started a thread IN someone else's thread. lol

jeaninel 08-04-2010 11:38 PM

I can't remember, do you have sand substrate? Assuming you rehome your Leporinus and the Rainbow shark, a group of loaches may work.Yo-Yo's can get kind of big (around 5-6") so maybe something a bit smaller like Botia Striata (Zebra Loach) which stay around 4". Chain loaches are really nice also but they may be hard to find and can be pricey.

Byron 08-05-2010 01:38 AM

Yes, jeaninel is bang on with loaches, one the Rainbow is elsewhere. There are several species suitable, trouble is finding some of them. Check the Botia species in our profiles, I added most of the "sometimes" seen loaches. I have five B. kubotai in my 70g, they are incredibly playful; Aunt kymmie has them too, and Lisa. Some loaches can be a bit rough, others are fine with other species, just follow the profiles. I would love to get some B. striata, but I have not seen them locally for years.

For top fish as companions to the Tigers, some of the other medium-sized barbs or larger rasbora (not Trigonostigma species, too "quiet").

Inga 08-05-2010 06:12 AM

No, I do not have sand substrate. I have Eco-complete for substrate which I think has sort of a lava rock feel to it. I will check out the loaches in the profiles. My concern with "very playful" fish is that I think the plants will suffer because of it. I think my Tiger Barbs are a little hard on plants with all of their dashing about and rough housing in the tank. It seems some of the plants are suffering from their behavior. Mind you, fish are first before plants in my eyes but after all the work trying to get the tank looking nice planted, I would like to keep it looking nice.

I currently have the odd couple of fish that IS working well. My Blue Gourami seems to get along wonderfully with my Tiger Barbs. It is sort of cute to watch as the Tiger Barbs have their wrestling matches Blue intently watches as though refereeing the match. I have never noticed the Tiger Barbs chasing or bothering the Gourami and I have noticed them all sleeping in the same area of the tank. I hope that lasts as I really really like my Blue Gourami. I wish I could have more Gourami but I will not risk that again.

Anyone have experience with Corydora's and eco-complete substrate? Any issues? Any of you have both loaches and cory's? Which do you prefer and why?

LisaC144 08-05-2010 09:10 AM

Hi Inga. I also have Eco-Complete in my 120g long tank. Cory's are fine on this substrate and so are loaches. Albino corys look great on the black. I LOVE my Zebra Loaches. I also have 8 Botia Histrionica loaches that offer a very nice contrast on the Eco-Complete. They are my favorite for this gravel. Their light and dark color patterns make them easy to spot on the gravel. I actually got my Botia Histrionica at PetSmart, as this is the only place I could find them. They had them mixed with another species of Botia. If you like them and your local PetSmart carries them, DO NOT let them tell you that their patterns change and that they are actually the same loach. They had B. Histrionica and B. Angelicus mixed together and tried telling me it was the same loach, but their patterns change as they get bigger and that is why one is striped and one is polka dotted. Clearly I knew otherwise, and just told them to give me the loaches with the stripese and not the dots. They would make a nice, fun addition to your 60g, but it sounds like in order to do this, you'll have to rehome the Rainbow Shark. Hope this helps some.

EDIT: The loaches and corys will not harm your plants ;-)

Inga 08-05-2010 07:23 PM

I just read that loaches shouldn't be with slower swimmers or fish with longer fins. Does this include a Gourami? I don't want anyone hurting Blue. I really like my Rainbow Shark too but It might be best to re-home him, if I can. I would like to actually find him a home, not just send him to a LFSS.

LisaC144 08-05-2010 07:58 PM

I was concerned about the same thing actually. I have two breeding Angelfish. However, they haven't bothered my Angels one bit and I have 17 in my 120g tank. The Angels must not mind them either. They laid eggs again the other night :-D
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