Another stocking question.
So I have a 29g TALL. Right now I have 7 cochu and 8 glowlight tetra. a small mystery snail and 1 oto and I would like to replace the 2 oto that have disappeared. (I think they went into my powerhead that was off..I searched everywhere in my tank and could not find them..)
My glowlights tend to stay at the bottom of the tank, picking at the substrate and hiding in the plants. my cochu are all over the place, zipping around chasing each other.
Would it be not wise to get one more shoal of fish? I was looking at getting cory's but I almost feel that my glowlights have claimed the substrate :P
would another tetra shoal or some harlequin rasboras work? or am I pushing max capacity here?
I would suggest substrate fish as the best option. A group of corys (5-9), a Whiptail Catfish, etc. As you have "algae" fish I would not suggest more, like a Bristlenose Pleco for instance, which would be competing for the probably-limited algae. All of these eat the same basic algae, common green and diatoms only.
Upper fish could be problematic, given the active nature of the Cochu. Glowlight are inactive by comparison, hence their behaviours you've noted. Surface fish would be possible otherwise, but the activeness of the Cochu is against this. All surface fish are very sedate by nature, and do not appreciate bustling activity below them.
Back when I started the tank I had my heart set on harlequin rasboras. But I found the cochus which I had also wanted, but given up on finding. I guess I will just grab a few cory's and call it a day :P
I plan on it. Just need some space! I check Craigslist daily looking for a good deal :)
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one more question.. Would increasing the number of tetra I have already be an option? Like if I add 2 more cochu?
Another thought, since you're looking into used tanks, if you can find a 20g long, it would suit these fish even better.
Thanks! I'll keep my eye out. Then I can give these speedsters their own tank and grab some rasboras for my glowlights :P
I currently have glowlights and harlequins in a 20 tall, they seem to get along great, intermingling quite a bit.
One thing you may want to consider is that although they have distinctly different morphology, they are very much frrom the same color palette. So you won't have the same great contrast in color that you have now, if that is something that is important to you.
Having said that, the harlequins are great fish; hardy, peaceful, nice colors, you really can't go wrong with them.
I guess one option would be (if you rehome the cochus) to add harlequins and a group of other fish. I think black neons are underrated, with their red eyes and lime green iridescent line, they are really nice, especially once they get settled in a well-planted tank.
Byron could adise you better about compatibility and stocking numbers, but I think you may have room.
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