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Peanut72 07-08-2011 06:40 PM

What to add next
 
Hey guys, looking for a little input as i cant decide. I have a 75gal well planted and established tank that i am looking to add a few more fish to. I currently have:

1 banded gourami
6 black skirt tetra
4 harley rasbora - adding 2 or 3 more
5 cory cat
4 cardinal tetra
pond snails - they dont bother me too much, just pluck a few out every now and then.

I was thinking of adding a BN Pleco and probably about half a dozen of one of the following:

lemon tetra
glowlight tetra
rummynose
serpae tetra

I am open to any and all suggestions of what you guys think will be a nice compliment to the tank. i am dying to add angels, but im afraid they wont play well with others. Prob end up doing a seperate angel tank one day.

Thanks
Todd

GwenInNM 07-08-2011 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Peanut72 (Post 728260)
Hey guys, looking for a little input as i cant decide. I have a 75gal well planted and established tank that i am looking to add a few more fish to. I currently have:

1 banded gourami
6 black skirt tetra
4 harley rasbora - adding 2 or 3 more
5 cory cat
4 cardinal tetra
pond snails - they dont bother me too much, just pluck a few out every now and then.

I was thinking of adding a BN Pleco and probably about half a dozen of one of the following:

lemon tetra
glowlight tetra
rummynose
serpae tetra

I am open to any and all suggestions of what you guys think will be a nice compliment to the tank. i am dying to add angels, but im afraid they wont play well with others. Prob end up doing a seperate angel tank one day.

Thanks
Todd


If I had a tank that large I'd put 5-6 Boeseman Rainbow fish. With good water quality and plants they are so colorful and beautiful, especially males. You'd have to do some research on how they'd work with those other fish. I have the Dwarf Neon Rainbows, but they really don't have much color, unless they are in a tank with lights off and light hits them. I also like loaches, many varieties, peaceful, fun to watch. Clown, Burmese, ladder loaches, Khuli, Angelica Botica (Sorry about spelling). Too many fish names I can't spell and haven't tried to memorize yet :)

Gwen

Peanut72 07-08-2011 07:14 PM

oooh, I forgot about them. I was looking at them when i first started the tank. You are right, there are too many and its too difficult to decide, thats why i am looking at you guys to put a bug in my ear as to what i want.

Thanks

redchigh 07-08-2011 07:18 PM

what are your water parameters? (ph, temperature)

bigehugedome 07-08-2011 07:44 PM

I love rummy nose tetra and they would enjoy 75 gallon. ( assuming your ph is no higher than 7 but preferably lower).
They are better in bigger groups though. Maybe 9 instead of 6.

Also you may want to add another 2 or 3 cardinal tetra to make them more comfortable.

And I love loaches. Wish I could have them all lol. I have zebra loaches and they are amazing, but there are others like mentioned above.
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jeaninel 07-08-2011 07:57 PM

I vote Rummynose. They are one of my favorite tetra. Or Lemons would be nice too.

Boesemani are beautiful fish but they can be very boisterous....maybe a bit too much so for the more sedate fish you already have.

Peanut72 07-09-2011 01:17 AM

I honestly dont know the water params right off. I jsut returned from a 6 month deplyoment and havent tested it yet. trimmed out some of the pennywort, but other than that i havent had time to do much else to it. I will give it a test over the weekend and post what i find.

What loach would be recommended. I know they can get large, but i think i have the space for it. Would i be better off with a loach in place of the BN Pleco?

bigehugedome 07-09-2011 01:28 AM

Loaches do best in groups. I am not going to recommend a species because I don't want to give bad advice, but check the profiles and see what you like. They like Caves made of rock and wood and are very entertaining. Not all get big, but some, like clown loaches get very very big.

Peanut72 07-09-2011 01:43 AM

I actually have a few rock caves in the tank. I have a slate rock formation with two caves on each side of the tank. Not really a cave so to speak, but something more like three pillars with a slate top and another two pillars and a top above that, so that it is open on all side for the fish to swin thourgh. plenty of hiding places, but the gourami owns one of the larger ones, he likes hanging out there. I just havent seen any loaches in any of the shops around here. Maybe a clown loach once or twice, but i think thats it. I will have to take another look.

GwenInNM 07-09-2011 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Peanut72 (Post 728648)
I actually have a few rock caves in the tank. I have a slate rock formation with two caves on each side of the tank. Not really a cave so to speak, but something more like three pillars with a slate top and another two pillars and a top above that, so that it is open on all side for the fish to swin thourgh. plenty of hiding places, but the gourami owns one of the larger ones, he likes hanging out there. I just havent seen any loaches in any of the shops around here. Maybe a clown loach once or twice, but i think thats it. I will have to take another look.

In the profiles under Cyprinids you'll find both the Angelicus and Burmese loach. They don't get big, about 5-6 inch. I have five in a 45 gal and they are doing great. They are always out and active, even though they do have hiding places and many plants. They love sinking shrimp pellets, zucchini and sweet potato, and any food I feed my other fish, such as bloodworms, flakes etc. They are great, and I'd recommend them. Clown loaches do get really big, so you probably don't have room for those with all your other fish. I got my Angelicus loaches at Petsmart when they were on sale for $5.49. Otherwise they carry them for $10. When you get a group of them, that adds up, but they're worth it. Because they don't have scales, they are suceptible to ich, so you may want to put them in a quartantine, before you put them in your tank. I did that, but had no problems, they were all healthy. Apparently they are all wild caught, so that probably makes them stronger, with better immune systems. I do WC weekly and do keep my tank clean, and that would be important for these guys, but they are not difficult to keep. Check out the profiles on them. Best of luck deciding.

Gwen


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