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nikkigill50 04-17-2007 04:49 PM

What fish to put into the tank
 
Hi

I have a 30g tank, just cycled with 2 male guppies and lots of live plants.

I'm keen to put some more fish in and was thinking of filling with small peaceful fish, but want to start with something hardy, any advice? Also, could I add more guppies? How many male guppies should I have together?

I'm thinking some peaceful tetras, small gouramis, maybe mooms, couple of glassfish, white clouds, some catfish and kuhlii loach.

I like the glass fish, kuhlii loach and gouramis best, but not sure if they are a good starter, or how many I should get to live peacefully together.

I'm not interested in breeding them.

Thanks in advance.

Falina 04-17-2007 05:09 PM

be careful the glassfish arent dyed. also im not sure but arent they brackish?

you certainly could add more guppies. males guppies wont fight but they might nip each other fins here and there. in a 30g you shoudlnt have many problems though, just keep a bottle of melafix handy in case.

what type of tetra would you be interested in?

nikkigill50 04-17-2007 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by juliewiegand
be careful the glassfish arent dyed. also im not sure but arent they brackish?

you certainly could add more guppies. males guppies wont fight but they might nip each other fins here and there. in a 30g you shoudlnt have many problems though, just keep a bottle of melafix handy in case.

what type of tetra would you be interested in?

I didn't know they were brackish, thats pretty disappointing, I think they would be amazing in my tank!

As for tetras, I was thinking of having a 6 or so of 2 of these: neons, black, diamond, head and tail, flame, glass.

would dwarf gouramis be a good fish to get next, mor guppies, or tetras or bottom feeders?

Falina 04-17-2007 06:52 PM

basically when your tank is fully cycled you should be alright to add any fish to it, thoguh not too many at a time as this can spike amonia. it can often be best however to go with hardier fish first, and more delicate fish nearer the end jsut to be sure that the tank is fully cycled, and wont go through a mini-cycle when the fish are first added.

some fish, like neons, are more fragile and in this case i would advise adding them last. ive never had gouramis so cant really comment on them.

for bottom feeders, if youre going for cories, which is probably what i would recommend for this size of tank i have found that they are really pretty hardy so could be a good addition next. they like to be in shoals. 4-6 is best for them. they also like to be in shoals of their own type so 1 peppered, 1 bronze, 1 sterbai, 1 panda is not so good as 4 peppered for example.

ive never had kuhlies so cant comment on their hardiness however, i cant see them having a problem with the other tankmates in terms of compatabillity.

good luck with your tank and let us know what you decide on

any other issues or questions well try to help :)

Lupin 04-17-2007 10:09 PM

Your 30 gallons tank can accommodate more than a dozen tetras. Concentrate on two species rather than too many species and lesser numbers. Diamond and cardinal tetras are top choices.:thumbsup: If you like rummy-nose tetras, you may do so. They are one of the only tetras that shoal very tightly. Be careful with tetras. Most of them do get quite sensitive to water conditions especially the rummies.

Kuhlis are very easy to keep. You can get away with 6 kuhlis.:)

No problems with your stocking list except the glass fish. Glassfish thrive better in brackish water conditions which your other fish will not be able to accomplish on long-term basis.

Igore the advice from anyone saying to put salt in your tank. Salt is totally useless unless you are battling various diseases.

Good luck.:)

nikkigill50 04-18-2007 09:07 AM

Thanks for the info,

Its cleared my thought up alot, but I still would like a variety of different fish in there, something like:

6-12 of one species of tetras
2-6 guppies
3-6 Gouramis
4 Kuhlii loach
4 Corydoras

does this sound feasible in the long run? I'm not talking about adding them all now, just slowly?

Falina 04-18-2007 09:26 AM

to me it sounds like a good list compatability wise.

you might be pushing the limits capactiy wise. i dont follow the 1inch=1gallon rule very strictly that so many people swear by but i also have a 30g tank and im looking at it trying to imagine those fish in it and it seems a bit crowded if you put the max of each fish in. with the min of each fish, or somewhere inbetween i think you would be fine.

if you go for guppies, make sure you either have all males or all females or a ratio ot 1 male to 2-3 females. males can become quite, "lovestruck" to put it politely :wink: , so females will be pestered possibly to death if there arent enough of them for the "love" to go around.

if you have a camera, first of all im jealous, but second, make sure you post pics :D


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