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Stocking advice for 26g
My 26 gal Bow tank just finished cycling. For now the tank is unplanted. I keep it at 24C (75F), water is 7,6 pH and very soft, about 2-3 dH.
Right now, I only have 7 red eye tetra in there. I was thinking of adding another semi-agressive fish, probably a few (5-7) Tiger Barb.
The real question is about the bottom feeders as I have very little knowledge about them. I was thinking about some Cory since they are easily available in my area, but I don't know if they will get nipped by the other fish, and how many I should keep. I also really like the Clown Loach, but as I understand it they will grow too big for my tank. I had bad experiences with pleco's, I find them too messy and they grow too big real fast. Any suggestions ?
First, I would not have the Tiger Barb with what you now have. If you read the profile (click the shaded name) it explains why.
To the substrate fish, in that size tank a group (7-12) of corys would work well, one or more species with 3-5 of each species. Whiptail Catfish is a good choice for something different (with the corys, fine) either one or more. Just make sure it is the true Rineloricaria parva; some of the so-called whiptails like the Royal are a different and much larger fish. Click the name for our profile with photos.
Thank you for the advice on the bottom feeders.
I tought the Tiger Barb would be ok, since the red eye are already fin-nippers and can probably stand their own in the tank. Writing this, I realise it may become quite an agressive tank...! In your opinion, what type of fish would go well with the Red Eye Tetra ?
So, for tankmates, aside fro the substrate fish, I would look into perhaps the smaller danio; not meaning the Celestial Pearl but others like the Zebra Danio, Glowlight Danio (not to be confused with Glowlight Tetra), Pearl Danio which share the "active lifestyle" of the Red Eye. The Glowlight would be nice for the colour contrast to the silvery RET. Or some of the smallish tetra, several of which are in the profiles, if you want to stay in South America.
Yes, the Red Eye are Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae. The ones I have are not that peaceful, they fight a lot for their place in the aquarium.
I've decided to go with some Serpae Tetra. I like the Danio idea too, but I think it might get crowded in there.
I went to the LFS, they have Sterbai Corydoras, I find them really cute. The guy at the LFS said that I should limit the number to 4 for my size tank. I don't know what to think, since you were advising more than double that number !
On the cory, I would definitely not go under five. What is the surface area (length/width) of your 36g bowfront, roughly? I was assuming something like 30 inches length, in which case my original suggested cory numbers stands.
Thanks with the warning on the Serpae, didn't realise they could be as bad as the TB. Anyway the wife really liked them, so I got 6 of them yesterday. As of now they are more peaceful than the Red Eye, and seems to stay at the bottom third of the thank while the red eyes prefer the top half.
It's a 26g bowfront, about 24 length x 13 width x 20 high
Haha, I guess you could say that. I'll keep an eye on them.
With the size tank I have (24 lenght), how many Cory would you keep ?
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