Am I able to add anymore...
I am thinking about adding a few more fish to my tank but not sure what and if i am able too, any advice would be appreciated...
here is what i have now
4 yo yo loaches
6 neon tetra
1 zebra danio
1 gold algae eater
I know the danio needs a few more friends but i am not wanting this species anymore so haven't replaced them and i am willing to trade in or re-home the gold algae eater. This is a moderately planted tank, i am continuously adding plants when i find them at my lfs There are plenty of hiding places with wood and rock caves. I keep the temp at 82 degrees and pH is 7.0 so anything that would work well with this would be great.
I don't like big fish, but if you like the yoyo loaches I'd get 2 more just so they are happier. I'd add 6 more neon tetras and at like 5 more zebra danios.
Aqadvisor.com will help you. The site said that yoyo loaches wont mix well with the tetras but if you havent had a problem yet i wouldnt worry.
Depends on what tank size you have. :lol:
i have considered gourami but i have a pretty strong currant everything i have read says they don't really care for fast moving water, is this correct? I know that tetras don't really care for a strong currant but they don't seem to be bothered by it and swim the entire tank. This is a standard 55 gallon.
I'm trying to get back into freshwater aquariums again and i'm considering gourami's again.
The first thing that stands out to me is the very high temperature. None of the listed fish need 82F, this is the top of the temp range for the yoyo loach, and the neon tetra will not last long. You can read more in our profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar or click on the name when it shades in posts.
I would suggest no higher than 77F due to the neons needing cooler water. The loach will be better too. The higher the temperature, the faster fish metabolize and aside from using so much unnecessary energy, they literally wear out.
Same thing applies to the water movement. Most forest fish occur in quiet-flowing streams and flooded forest. While they may seem "OK" with a current, this too is only wearing them out. They have to fight it night and day; imagine how you would feel having to constantly walk up a steep hill with no chance of a respite.;-) Do what you can to reduce the flow; it will be better for the plants too.
Having settled the above issues, I agree to get rid of the algae eater; if you check this profile, you'll see they can get quite nasty as they mature, and your loaches will have some trouble if it remains. Increase the loach to 5 or 6, they are very social. And the neon to 9-10 or more. Shoaling fish are always better in larger groups, when space allows. You said you don't want the danio, so let the last one live out its life [the high temp is not good for this species either].
Gourami, depend upon species, and yes, the water flow should be reduced a lot. These fish occur in swamps and pools thick with plants. They are not active swimmers. Some can be aggressive though, check the species in the profiles. Also, in the loach profile it mentions that this species will sometimes nip the fins of slow fish, so Gourami might not be advisable anyway.
Hope this helps you.
Thanks for all the great info. I will definitely start lowering the tank temp and get two more yoyo's. As for the algae eater he will be finding a new home very soon. I am still learning and really appreciate all the info this forum gives. :-D
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