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  1. I am not getting any new fish yet, but instead am trying to plan ahead. We have a 15 gallon columnar planted tank. It has Fluval stratum substrate, Nikko rocks for several caves, and a piece of wood. It is cycled. As of now, we have 7 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Corydora hasbrosus, 3 cherry shrimp, and several snails (Nerite and river). I was wanting to get some more corys eventually. And I was thinking it would be nice to have some Otocinclus to help with algae on plants. How many more Corys and how many Otocinclus would our tank comfortably be able to house? We change water every week to two weeks and keep an eye on the parameters frequently/sometimes daily (since we are new to this hobby).
  2. Hey all, I made a more specific post a few months back of suggestions for breeding combos with specific fish. I want to maximize profit for my tanks, I have mainly 10 gallons and 20 highs. I keep. guppies Cories Mollies Ricefish Shell dwellers Limias Goodeids And things of that sort. I want to have all my tank just as aquarium co-op's breeding for profit article says (10-20 gallon, guppies, cherry shrimp, and java moss) The article also mentions apistos with java moss. I am looking for some suggestions of other breeding combos for a 10 gallon or 20 gallon. Fish that can live together and breed peacefully, good plants and potentially shrimp for that tank too. Let me know any ideas/
  3. Well, you guys. I got the bug. Multiple tank syndrome. Thankfully the ailment has not manifested into another physical tank (yet) but I would be lying if I said I wasn't already planning another tank. I am really interested in slightly more unusual fish. I was thinking rope fish, hillstream loaches, and siamese algae eaters. I am not trying to go super tiny for fear the rope fish would eat them. Maybe some celebes halfbeak fish with some other interesting species? I would love suggestions! Thank you all
  4. @Myznada08’s thread about her new Figure 8 inspired me to start this thread. I’m a puffer fan and I’ve been thinking about getting one but I’m not sure what to get. I’m trying not to rule out anything at this point, but if it’s over $300 or grows to be over 7” it’s out. @mountaintoppufferkeeper I’d love to hear your impressions on the Mekong River Puffers, they look ideal. I’d also love to hear ideas and see pics of others! @ZenzoI’d love to hear some thoughts on the brackish puffers.
  5. Hello!! Here’s my tank. I’m looking for some exciting stocking ideas that aren’t livebearers because I have those coming out my ears! Tank is a 29 gallon. Filtered by a medium sponge (thanks to the coop) and a Fluval 207 with two full trays of seachem matrix. The light on top is a fluval plant 3.0.
  6. I'm looking at picking up a 20 gallon "D" shaped/bow front tank cheap from Craigslist. I'm open to stocking suggestions, but I'd prefer things that can thrive around room temperature. My 29 gallon stays around 73/74 Fahrenheit without a heater for reference. I've seen info saying honey gourami will be ok around that temp, but Idk if it would be too stressful for them. I know there's not a lot of "centerpiece" options without a heater.
  7. Is there some rule to determine the maximum number of fish per gallon, based on their current size?
  8. Just got done setting this up. I'm thinking monti carlo from the bottom making a path up into the middle or I could go with dwarf hairgrass or moss for the more highlander look. Anyhoo, how would you guys proceed. It's a 10 gal that's not gonna run CO2. Fluvial nano light and fluval stratum on top of small river stone.
  9. So I’m seeing everyone’s tanks and I want to completely change almost all of my tanks. Have you ever done this? Is it worth it? Will it stress the inhabitants out too much? I’ve got 3 tanks that I’d like to change (the other is my daughter’s) 2 five gallon and 1 ten gallon. I kind of threw them together because I didn’t have much. In one, I have pea gravel. I hate it. Another I have blue gravel. I hate that too. The other I have white coarse sand and fluval substrate. I don’t mind the substrate, but I need to add flourish tabs (I’m nervous) and remove some of the plants that are not doing so well. (Thanks giant snail.) today I got some guppy grass. I’m going to quarantine it for 5 days and all that business. Also, I don’t know what to do with it! Agh! So many things!
  10. I have a peaceful 20 gallon community tank which has a little room for something else. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for any small fish that don't need to be in big groups that like to occupy the top third section of the tank? Even better if it's a surface feeder. Hatchet fish need to be in groups right? My neon tetras and panda cories only use the bottom two thirds really and the top section always looks really empty.
  11. Hello! I recently acquired 5 clouded archerfish! My tank is the standard 125 gallon tank dimensions of 72x18 and I was wondering what bottom dwellers I could keep safely with these guys since they get 6-8 inches and have huge mouths. Cory himself said on stream recently that they go after and eat tetras, so would loaches and cories also be out of the question? What alternatives would be safer? I also would like to know if you guys think the stocking plan on a tank like this (below) is too much. I know aqadvisor isn't accurate but i often use it to get a ballpark estimate and they don't have clouded archers in their library of fish, and I assume banded archers aren't a good replacement. Thanks for any help you guys can offer me! I currently have 6 denison barbs and 6 boesmani rainbows But by the end I would like to have: 8 denison barbs 6 boesmani rainbows the 5 archers +bottom dwellers (hopefully?)
  12. Hi all, I have compiled a list of fish that I am considering putting in my 5 gallon aquarium that I'm setting up. I thought it would be interesting to see what fish other forum members think of my choices. Please feel free to poll on the fish that you think would do well in a 5 gallon. Please feel free to comment on any of the fish or to add any good options I left out.
  13. So I have been stocking up on second hand tanks ready for my fish room (well fish shed). So far I have four 7.5 Gallon tanks and one 15 Gallon tank. So far I'm thinking a small colony of multi's for the 15 gallon. For the 7.5 gallon tanks I am thinking a pair of peacock Gudgeons in one, two or three clown killifish in another. I was thinking 1 - 3 dwarf puffers in another but pretty much been talked out of that option until I get another larger tank for a group of 6. Possibly a pair of scarlet badis if I can find a female. I was thinking maybe a pair of GBRs but according to seriously fish they need a 60 cm tank as a minimum? So yeah I have two 7.5 gallon tanks I'm looking for unique ideas for! One may end up as a hospital/quarantine tank unless my cheap plastic 2.5 gallon tank would suffice as a hospital? I also have a (free) 8ish gallon BIORB tank coming which will house a Betta in the kitchen and already have a 20 gallon community in the house with neon tetras, panda corydoras and some male endlers. So I think I'll stick to species tanks in the fish room. Any ideas?
  14. Looking for advice on other fish to add to my 75 gallon community tank. Currently I have: 10 cherry barbs 3 honey gourami These guys are getting along very well, but the tank looks nearly empty, so I would like to add some more species. One thing to note is that my water is very hard with a pH around 8.0. So far I have only kept species that are generally considered "easy" to care for, but I would be willing to try fish that are recommended towards more intermediate-experienced fish keepers. Thanks in advance!
  15. I have some room for 1 more species in my community freshwater tank and don’t want to rush to a decision. I’m curious if anyone has some unique recommendations for fish that are darker in color (I have mostly white or lighter colored fish, so I’m looking for a little variety). Any recommendations are appreciated! Thanks!
  16. I have had a tank that's 37 gallons set up for about a week. It's still in the cycling process so I am doing my research on what fish I want to put in there. I originally wanted to do some type of cichlid but my tank is just too small. I never thought of owning Gourami's but I did just see a bunch at petco today and they were in all different colors and beautiful! If I did an all gourami tank, how many could I keep in it? Also, are all different types compatible together? I saw dwarf, pearl, honey, paradise and a few others I cant remember and they were all stunning! Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
  17. I have a community tank, with a showpiece angelfish. about 7 tetras, 3 mollies. What other fish could i have, possibly more colorful mollies, maybe different tetra breeds, but what other fish could i add to diversify the tank? and how much more could i add? currently in a 29 gallon tank.
  18. Hi everyone, I am getting back into fish keeping after about 15 years. I am starting with a 29 gallon and would love some advice...here's my plan (please no canister haters, I know I'm weird, but they make more sense to me) Fluval 207 (with sponge on intake) Sponge filter with airstone (I will keep in tank and use for quarantine tank setup as needed) Eheim heater Fluval Aquasky or Finnex Stingray 2 (leaning towards Fluval only because I am a tech nerd) Will start with silk plants until I am comfortable with taking care of the fish and then transition to live plants (Brother in law has a 55 and a breeder for his Cockatoo Apistos and will hook me up with some of his plants and is even giving me some of his cycled media to start!) Looking for a community style tank with some schooling fish, bottom feeders and a "centerpiece" fish - here's my current plan (end state): ~12 black neons ~12 ember tetras 4 panda corys 3 otos 3 Nerite snails 1 Honey Gourami (or other hopefully female Dwarf Gourami) I am not married to any of these choices, but I would like to stay with the general community tank feel with some color as well, please feel free to comment any suggestions you may have (quantities, anything not needed, need something else, etc...) - I am currently waiting for my house to get painted before I setup the tank, so it will be a bit before I actually have the tank setup and ready to go 🙂 So glad to have found this community and can't wait to get my tank back up and running!!
  19. I'm pretty sure I will be firing up my second 20 high and tearing down the existing one. I really don't have room or equipment to be running two 20s. I'm considering getting one of my 10s up and running and putting my Angelfish in it since he doesn't play well with others. Is a 10 gallon too small for a solitary Angelfish?
  20. So I know it has been said Bettas are "1 single male" tanks or "1 single female maybe a sorority in a larger, planted set up". I have seen community tanks with a single male Betta or a single female Betta with other compatible tank mates. I am wondering if I should try. My tank is well planted, 16 gallons, is going to have snails, a few neo shrimp, panda corydoras, and a couple otos. Do you think it is a good idea to try and put a Koi Plakat female/male in with this selection? I know it is an individual by individual basis and depends a lot on the temperament of the Betta but was interested to see if it is a good idea.
  21. My previous tanks have been single-species: either all goldfish or all platies or single bettas. In planning my new planted tank, I'm trying to think more along community lines--probably platies and a gourami, maybe a few guppies, and a snail or two. My question is whether there's such an advantage to having bottom dwellers like corydoras or kuhli loaches that a planted tank should pretty much definitely include them as a maintenance crew, or whether they are more of a "good to have if you like them" fish. With only 20 gallons to work with, I'm reluctant to give bioload space to fish I'm not super into. Cories are cute but the fact that you need 6+ is significant in such a small tank. Thanks for weighing in.
  22. I figure I might start a new post for me asides the usual fish list that I do weekly. To start off I want to give a little perspective on this post. One thing I really enjoy while working at the Aquarium Co-Op is seeing a fish that stops me in my tracks. This happens at least once a week where I pretty much have to stop what I am doing and just take a moment to take in the beauty of the fish and if lucky snap a good picture of it. Sometimes its a new fish that came in like a sweet betta or sometimes its something that's been sitting around for a while but just finally gained its full colors like a Bolivian Ram. My plan is to take a photo at least once a week of a fish that catches my eye and highlight it for you all to enjoy. For the first post, the fish that caught my eye this week and is looking exceptionally awesome is a Bolivian Ram in the shop 75 gallon display tank. This guy is in full color mode out of the group of 8 in that tank. Maybe its because of the slight heat wave we are experiencing in the Puget Sound or the great mix of live baby brine and quality frozen food, this ram made me stop in my tracks on Saturday and I would like to share these pictures with everyone.
  23. Our halfmoon betta, El Diablo Azul (Blue for short), is LOVING life in his 2.5 gallon bachelor pad. We had him in a 5 gallon with mystery snails, and he did not play well with others. Not only was he attacking them, but he was stressing himself out and his fins were getting damaged. Ever since we moved him to his own place, he has been so happy. The problem is, we are starting to have algae, and it could become a problem. We would like to get an algae eater, but don't know what to get. Suggestions? To sum up: 2.5 gallon one betta does not play well with mystery snails
  24. Hello I'm planning to start up an aquarium, it will be my first one although I had aquariums as a child I don't count those since it was 30 years ago. So I'm regarding myself as a beginner. The tank I'm planning will be a planted tank around 340g (measures not set in stone yet). Now I'm wondering what to have inside the tank to make it beautiful and lively. I'm not interested in big solitary fish so what I'm looking for is a community tank. So what would you as more experienced aqurists recommend. Kind regards Andreas PS Pardon my English since I'm from Sweden Ds
  25. i have been in the hobby for about 3 years. get super geeky over anything fish whether fresh or saltwater, and have always wanted more tanks. however, i am stuck with a crappy fluval chi five gallon aquarium. lately have been getting very discouraged with the aquarium hobby, but i am looking to get myself excited again, have read and listened and watched so many things about breeding fish and shrimp, and always thought that looked so fun to do. so, what suggestions do you have?
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