So, as I always tend to do, I have gotten frustrated with the amount of fish I have, and have decided to rotate my stock, re-home stock, and purchase some new stock. The goal is to make my life as a fish keeper a bit more easier and allow me to enjoy my fish more. This might get confusing!
Currently in the 29g Planted (playsand substrate) tank I have:
1 Female Opaline Gourami (RE-HOMING...she is too shy and poops way too much!)
9 Cherry Barbs (5 females, 4 males; 1 male is an albino) (KEEPING ALL)
2 oto (KEEPING, adding to group)
1 female mystery snail (KEEPING)
4 emerald cory (REHOMING ALL CORY!!)
4 albino cory
1 julii cory
1 habrosus cory
12+ MTS (KEEPING,hoping to add more)
75+ pond snails (KEEPING most... they will be food for my dwarf puppers, thus the reason for the high #)
Currently in the 15g Planted (aquarium sand substrate) tank I have:
1 Male Crowntail Betta (KEEPING)
6 Harlequin Rasbora (KEEPING)
10 Black & Chocolate Kuhli Loaches (REHOMING)
3-5 pond snails (KEEPING... DP food)
So... here is the plans for the tanks, hope to have them re-stocked this way by Wednesday night, assuming my LFS has my Dwarf Puffers in.
9 cherry barb
6 harlequin rasbora
1 male crowntail betta
1 female mystery snail
75+ Pond Snail
3-4 Dwarf Puffers
5-20 pond snails
(going to add a few ghost shrimp to see if the snails mind them or eat them)
So... Any thoughts???
I'm not really worried about any of the combos of fish, as temps should all be fine, and same for all water parameters (pH, hardness...). Really the only thing new is the DPs and a couple of more otos. The rest are my current fish, just reduced down and combined into the larger tank. And the pond snail population will slowly decrease with the puffers eating them... plus I will be handing over a nice sized batch to my bestie who is also venturing into DPs this coming week with me.
My betta will be fine... probably be in total heaven. He is very social and enjoys other fish for company.
I have done my research ten fold on the dwarf puffers. My LFS even has their puffers eating frozen foods before selling them... they call them pea puffers though, same thing though, as they also go by Indian Puffer and a few other names. I am aware there are two different species, but both have the same require water parameters and care they just have slightly different colorings.
So my 15g is heavily planted, the plants have grown out there are 2 cave structures and 2 real grape driftwood logs (small). So except for wrapping foam/sponge over the filter intake, I am ready for them. I am going to do at least 3. Was thinking I might squeeze 4 since its a 15g and set up right.
My thought is regarding the 29g though... without overstocking, or adding more work to myself... anything I should add fish wise? I am getting rid of the cories for a reason by the way... they always uproot my wisterias, and the bottom feeder food is so much more messy than the flakes and such for the other fish.
Thanks for reading my fish novel here, LOL. Just looking for any thoughts to make it further appealing to the eye, yet not adding anymore work than it will already be.
I think your 29 gallon will be fully stocked with what you have listed....9 cherry barbs, 6 Harlequins, the Betta, ottos and a ton of snails. Maybe add a couple more Harlequins.
The pea puffers are cute little guys. Be sure to post some pics once you get everything sorted and rearranged.
I just thought of something - aren't dwarf puffers fin nippers? And with a Betta wouldn't that be too tempting? When I was thinking about getting them, I was going to keep them by themselves. Am I wrong? Since Amanda did lots of research, perhaps I am.
You are right Gwen, that is why the puffers will be by themselves in the 15g, and all the other fish will be in the 29g.
As for any kind of gourami with the betta, I am not willing to take that risk. Too many chances for a fight.
Yeah, I think a few more rasboras is a good idea, thanks. I did want a whiptail catfish for the 29g, but their max water temp is lower than the low end of temps I would have on the 29g, so that idea was scratched.
As for the reason I want to get rid of the kuhli loaches is because I had the hopes that they would agitate the sand, and go in the sand... mine refuse to. They hide in the 2 caves, but they dont go under the sand, they just brush it around with their front fins looking like a walrus. MTS would do better for me... I might get some, and hope they bury themselves deep enough to avoid the Puffers in the 15g tank.
Oh yeah, I love my MTS! I want to get more when I am at the LFS this coming week. I would put them in the 15g, but I would have to do it before the puffers go in the tank so the MTS could bury themselves deep enough.
the 29 still has room IMO for more fish.
Yeah, it probably does, but I kinda want to keep it simple. The only fish other than maybe more rasboras that I would consider is some kind of solo bottom dweller. But then that is why I am getting rid of all my cories... I dont want to deal with the bottom dweller food because it builds up faster than the rare times I have access flaked food reach the bottom. And sand shows food and poop much more than my gravel I use to have did. Of course there is currently so many pond snails it looks like black gravel speckling the walls and decor! LOL They will be eaten soon enough. LOL
Re-did my tanks!!! I got my dwarf puffers and am in LOVE with them!!!
Current set ups:
1 male crowntail betta
9 cherry barb
6 harlequin rasbora
10 black kuhli loach
Pouch Snails (or pond/bladder... feeders for my puffers either way)
3 dwarf puffer (1 male, 2 females)
a few MTS
I also re-did the tanks, planting them both highly. Also got more grape driftwood for the tanks, and in the 15g for the puffers, got a large grass mat with baby tear patches. I will post pics in my albums sometime later this week.
My puffers are super picky eaters. They love the snails, but out of all the different frozen foods I have offered (bloodworms, tubifex worms, brine shrimp) they will only accept the frozen bloodworms. But thats okay I guess, as my fish in the 29g love getting fed the unwanted frozen foods.
These puffers are so darn cute!!! And they are doing so well!! They even ate within just an hour of being in the tank!!!
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