more stocking help needed for 15g...
hehe you'd think by now i'd have learnt enough on this site to be able to judge whether my stocklist is ok, but i don't trust any of the rules like 1 inch per gallon and i don't really know enough about what is overstocked and what isn't yet, so here i am again asking for advice from the more experienced members on here :-P
tank is 15 gallons, planted.
having decided that a SA asian biotope isn't possible, i am now just going for a nice peaceful community of some of my fave fish. so far the stocklist is:
1 golden gourami (existing)
6 cherry barbs
1 bristlenose pleco (probably albino)
i may already be overstocked, but i feel like with just the pleco there might not be much action at the bottom of the tank, and i love corys so...do you think i could have a few corys and if so how many? a while ago Byron told me that because BNs are territorial a 15 gallon would be too small for the corys and pleco to get along comfortably. i'd like to hear your opinions though.
Would not add anymore fish.Your stocking sounds right for 15 gal which is prolly closer to twelve gallons if displacement caused by substrate is accounted for.
Will assume the filter is rated for the tank and weekly water change of 30 to 50 percent will/is taking place.
the filter is a homemade sponge filter which i've been using for years and find it good for fish like gouramis that need a gentle current.
i am doing water changes with siphoning a few times a week because my gourami is rather messy and without a substrate detritus is very obvious.
good to hear my current stocking plan is ok, i won't get any corys unless i decide to not get the pleco. (if i didn't get the pleco how many corys could i have?)
I concur with 1077. And we've previously discussed the value of substrates, and you intend plants (or should with those fish), and a piece of wood is mandatory for the BN. With all that, sponge filter is fine. And yes, it is the limit.
i want to get the substrate before anything else because otherwise it'll mean more stress on the fish when i have to take everything out to put it in, and i'd probably have to catch everyone to make sure i wasn't going to trap them under it.
3mm gravel is fine. I think that's what I have.
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