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  1. Need Advice

    Introduce Yourself
    I have had aquariums all my life (50 yrs). They have always been 50 gals or less. But...I am now trying to start up a freshwater 130 gal tank. I currently have 6-7 Danios, Dojo loach, 2 Black Skirt Tetras, albino pleco, couple platys. I want to put in about another 30-50 fish and I want some...
  2. Help stocking a new 29 gallon freshwater tropical tank!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hey guys! I'm a new fish keeper and I have an empty 29 gallon tank! I'm thinking of starting a new tropical community. I'm just not sure as to what fish to stock it with. So far I'm thinking: -2 angelfish -4 kuhli loaches -6 neon tetras -1 bristlenose pleco Also, any info on how to care for...
  3. compatibility and overstocking?

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    hello I am about to get my first fish tank as I am very interested in this hobby. I would like to know if these fish/invertebrates are compatible and if this tank would be overstocked. I will be getting a 50 gallon tank. with a school of long finned danios (I believe I need 5?), a school of...
  4. Gourami Tankmates?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hey everyone, I'm looking for a few fish to add to my 15 gallon tank. Are there any particularly good tankmates to add? I'd like to avoid any schooling fish and get some that will live fine by themselves or in a pair. Thanks.
  5. Thinking about getting either a dwarf puffer or f8 puffer

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    I have a senegal bichir, sterbai cory, and bulldog pleco could i add a dwarf or f8 puffer? the f8 would be 1" and dwarf would be about 1 cm. keep hearing about how aggressive f8s are and dwarf might get eaten by bichir. Is the aggressiveness of f8s exaggerated, and if there are hiding spots will...
  6. hatchetfish compatibility... or silver dollars

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    I was in an lfs purchasing an angelfish and the silver hatchetfish caught my eye. I'd like to get some if they are compatible with my other fish. But I'm also wondering about silver dollars... they're supposed to be in groups of at least 3, right? Will they be ok in a 55 gallon tank? Here is...
  7. Setting up new tank and would like help on compatible African Mbuna cichlids

    I recently purchased a 55 gallon aquarium and want to stock it with lake Malawi Mbuna cichlids. In the research I have been doing it stresses being careful that the cichlids are compatible. I would like as colorful as possible with red, blue, and yellow. From what I have read most blue cichlids...
  8. Angelfish tankmates

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Hello! I'm thinking of getting an angelfish for my 55 gallon community tank. I used to have some small fish in my community like neon tetras an zebra danios, so I figured they could have been eaten by an angel fish. But now I have slightly larger fish and I'm wondering if they would be ok with...
  9. Tank set up compatibility concerns

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Hey all, Long time reader; first time poster. (I haven't set aquariums up in my profile just yet, no) My biggest tank, a 45 gallon bowfront is getting pretty mixed in the way of species. So I want to get a specific opinion from you guys on what I should do to complete it. It's a mature...
  10. Need help setting up a 100 gallon tank

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    My grandmother's retirement home has a tank that's about 100 gallons or more (I still need to measure). They are clueless about fish care and have already killed 2 batches of Goldfish and one pleco. They asked me for help and advice and I had the good sense to come ask yall as my tanks are much...
  11. Fish Compatibility

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Being a newbie to fish keeping, I didn't check out fish compatibility when I bought my fish. I asked in store and was told all my proposed fish would get along fine. I was upset to find , when I later searched online, that most of them are not supposed to get on well together. So far in my...
  12. Water Scorpion - Ranatra fusca

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Water Scorpion Scavenger Crustacean I found these for sale and was wondering if anyone had any experience with these? I tried using the search function on the forum but came up with nothing and I am having difficulty finding care sheets other than whats at the provided link. I only have...
  13. Need advice for companions for Black Skirt Tetras in 10 gal tank

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I am new to fish keeping. I set up and cycled a 10 gallon tank yesterday. Today I added a heater, a snail, 4 ghost shrimp and a plant. I originally wanted goldfish, but did some research and found out it is a no-no to put a goldfish in anything less than a 20 gallon. So..I added 3 black skirt...
  14. Will These Tetras Shoal Together?

    I'm trying to put together an aquarium and was wondering if any of the following species of tetra will shoal comfortably with lemon tetras (so that I wouldn't have to get 8 of each but could instead have 8 or 9 of some combination thereof): Flame Tetra Purple Tetra Roberts Tetra
  15. Are my fish compatible?!? I believe so, but need expert help

    Ancient Fish
    Hey guys, So I am in love with the palmas bichir and the elephant nose fish, however I do not want just those fish. These are the fish I am also planning on getting. Are they all compatible? P.S. I have a 55g with two biowheel filters and two powerheads. - Palmas Bichir (1) - Elephant Nose...
  16. Any tough guys out there ?

    Hey who ever sees this :p I've been doing some research about cichlids and I came across some cichlids called shelldwellers! And there like the coolest thing ever! There super tough, and live in cool little colonies and breed in shells ect! But I really want a colony! And thing is is I have a...
  17. Hello Everyone, Need Help with Compatible Tank Mates

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello everyone, im pretty new to all this and just wanted to say Hi and wanted to see if anyone could help me out. I have a thread already posted but wanted to see if more people could try and help me out with Compatible Tank Mates for my goldfish. The thread is here...
  18. Tiger Barb Compatibility

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Hello everyone, i really like tiger barbs and would like to get about 5. i have a 4ft tank with a red tailed shark, an opaline gourami, and a bn pleco. would they all get along? im not too concerned about the shark or the gourami, they can handle themselves but im worried the barbs may bother...
  19. are my tank fish compatible?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I bought a tank and am planning to fill it with 12 zebra danios (danio rerio) , 1 bushnose catfish ( Ancistrus sp.), 2 kribs (Pelviachromis pulcher, one male and one female), and a group of platys or swordtails. I am more on the side of swordtails, but they grow probably too big, so I'll just...
  20. Black Tetra Compatibility

    So, in my 10 gallon tank I have 3 black skirt tetras. In a few weeks, once my cycle is done/almost done, I want to get 3 more fish, so that I could have a proper "shoal." So, my question is- Would penguin tetras shoal with my skirt tetras? If not, is the only option skirt tetras? I like the...