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ramon82 09-15-2010 01:34 AM

Mix of fish + plants - need advice
Hi all

At the moment I got guppies (mixed sexes 1:3 male/fem ratio), a young pakistani loach, 2x young chinese algea eaters, and a kissing gourami. I got plants like Valisneria, cyrpts, java moss and saggitaria.

1 - Is the mix ok? I am suspecting that some of the fish may be eating plants and also strressing their tank mates.

2 - I was told Gouramis eat blood worms etc - are food flakes ok?

Your help is greatly appreciated.


Calmwaters 09-15-2010 09:40 AM

First we need to know how big is your tank? How many guppys you have? What filter you have and water parimeters?

ramon82 09-15-2010 09:48 AM

YouTube - My new aquarium [added guppies and yoyo loaches]

This is two weeks ago - without the gourami and chinese eaters. The tank is 197litre 31cm width x 50cm height x 125cm length

redchigh 09-15-2010 10:10 AM

The fish you selected will not eat the plants.

Guppies might stress out the gourami a bit, since guppies are energetic fish, but other than that it will be fine.

Assuming your tank isn't overstocked.

If your plants are dying, there's another reason.

Byron 09-16-2010 12:44 PM

There are some problems looming with your stocking of fish.

First, Chinese algae eaters get very aggressive as they mature, and have been known to attack other fish. They also eat less and less algae to the point where they won't touch it at all. I would get rid of both. They reach 8-10 inches and are nasty.

The loach must have a group, five would be fine in your 4-foot tank. Read the profile information and you will see why this is crucial to the health of this fish. This is the species: Botia almorhae. You can click on the shaded name to see the profile.

The Kissing Gourami is not a good community fish. It needs a group, but it grows large and will eat anything smaller. It will also eat soft plants. Please read the profile, all this is referenced there.


redchigh 09-16-2010 06:56 PM

Hmm. Shoulda caught that. Got siamese and chinese mixed up...

How big is the tank?

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