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Old 11-22-2006, 12:20 AM   #41
 
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GOOD...So i'll "fix" my plants then when they start growing again I'll get my gouramis...I only had one b4 she, Ella, was really bright blue so I guess it was actually a male...
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OMG I love cichlids, but somebody said DON"T get one of those they are aggressive!!!!!!!!! I didn't know there were "nice" ones!!! :D
If your water conditions are stable, Microgeophagus ramirezi would be a good choice. Buy only one pair. Other options are Apistogramma agassizi, Apistogramma borelli and Apistogramma cacatuiodes. Not sure with Kribensis(Pelvicachromis pulcher) though. They get too aggressive(much more aggressive than apistos) during spawning season and may eventually kill your other fish as they try to secure their fry and territory. The apistos do get aggressive but not as aggressive as other cichlids.
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Old 11-22-2006, 12:29 AM   #42
 
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Also the Keyhole Cichlids (Aequidens maronii) and Orange Chromide Cichlids (Etroplus maculatus) are peaceful cichiids that would do well with the barbs. The orange one needs at least 3 though to feel comfortable.
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Old 11-22-2006, 12:34 AM   #43
 
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Thanks! I have to do something with my plants (workin on it) first then I'll get the fish! I gotta check them out... :D
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Old 11-22-2006, 12:54 AM   #44
 
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Be sure to keep us updated! Can't wait to see pics of your new fish swimming in your tank, and some healthy plants, good luck!
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Old 11-22-2006, 10:25 PM   #45
 
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Ok, heres what I'm thinking I want: 5 Zebra Danios, a BN catfish, and a pair of Apistogramma agassizi (Panda Dwarf Cichlids), or a pair of Blue Dwarf Gouramis...I think if I had a pair of both (dont know if even compatable) it might overstock my tank...would it???
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Old 11-22-2006, 10:58 PM   #46
 
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I would say borderline in overstocking. As long as you can keep up with water changes, then it isn't a problem. With live plants, the nitrates would almost be maintained under 40. Just remember not to overfeed the fish. I'd change feeding schedule to once a day to be on the safe side.

I'd change the danios to harlequin rasboras. Danios prefer a lot of swimming space and they occupy the same level as the gouramis. Gouramis dwell mostly on the surface and their violent nature during spawning season may harm the danios.
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Old 11-23-2006, 12:42 AM   #47
 
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Blue had a good suggestion. I'd say that is a suitable amount for a 20 gallon, but I would stop after you slowly add the Bristle nose, rasboras, and gourami/cichlid pair.

Are you planning on adding these all at once? I would space them out by at least a couple weeks, a month would be ideal, that way your biological filtration can catch on the new load slowly and not be suddenly unable to handle it all. Which would ultimately lead to many deaths in the aquarium.

Be sure to pick out healthy looking fish, and if you have a quarentine tank (I think you said you didn't...but if you plan on getting one), stick them in there as a precaution, but this isn't required.

Best of luck and happy holidays!
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Old 11-23-2006, 05:31 PM   #48
 
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OH NO, I'll only add one kind at once...I would never add that many at once! I just have to find a new a aquarium store to get my fish at...

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Old 11-23-2006, 06:01 PM   #49
 
then gess your all set :)
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Old 11-23-2006, 11:09 PM   #50
 
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On the tanks at the petstore I work at, they say which 'swimming level' each type of fish will frequent the most. The blue, gold or opaline gouramis are supposed to be surface swimmers, but the dwarf blue gouramis, are supposed to stay near the bottom??
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