Are these fish compatible with Bleeding Heart Tetras.
I was wondering if the following fish are compatible, and if I can stock them in a 35 gallon tank (36"x12.5"x18")
7 Bleeding Heart Tetras
1 Pearl Gourami
7 Harlequin Rasboras
5 Zebra Loaches (Botia Striata)
I like these because they vary in color and swimming level. I think they would fill out a tank nicely.
I am completely open to other ideas but I have to half the bleeding heart tetras, my wife has been asking for them since our first tank, and this is our third.
Read over the profiles for each fish on compatibility. The Zebra Loach is known to nip fins which won't be good for fish like Gourami. They also need a 4 foot tank (55+ gallon).
Maybe look at some Cory Catfish? The common Bronze Cory is kind of boring looking, but there are numerous species that come in various different patterns. Sterbai Corydoras has similar colors, but in dots rather than strips.
Most bottom fish like Cory's and Loaches prefer a sand substrate by the way. They like to dig and sift around, some loaches like to bury themselves. Sharper substrate can hurt them.
I would also caution about fin nipping from the Bleeding Heart Tetra too. They do this with angelfish, the gourami would be a similar target.
Thanks for the info guys. I'll skip on the gourami, as I have to have the tetras. Any suggestions for another solo non schooling fish I can use in its place?
single fish may be difficult, the smaller cichlids like the Bolivian Ram generally like the lower levels of the tank as, I believe do the bleeding hearts, so fin nipping may be more likely
Hyphessobrycon bentosi offer a similar look to the bleeding hearts and seem to be far less likely to nip
I ended up putting the zebra loaches in my 55 gallon tank.
The fin nipping makes the Bleeding Hearts a pain to match up, but my wife is set on them.
Now I'm looking for a bottom dweller to go with them instead of the loaches.
I already have false julii cories and leopard cories in a 20 gallon tank. And I'm putting a bristlenose pleco in the 55 as well. I'm looking for something different for the 35 gallon.
Any suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks Byron, I was unfamiliar with these fish. Do you see yours during the day at all, or are they strictly nocturnal?
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