beastie Posted January 24 Share Posted January 24 Hi guys, since I liked your replies to my other question so much, I have another question to ask 🙂 I have an "asian stream" tank set up. It is 110 cm x 40 cm x 45 cm but thanks to all the rocks it is more like 130l so like 34 or 35 gallons. It has been running only since October, but with a cycled filter from other tank and plants from other fishtanks as well, so it is not a new new tank. It houses 20 (gold) white cloud minnows and since two weeks ago, 4 panda garra The garras are super small, 3cm tops, they are very lively, they hang around, on the glass, everywhere, together or in pairs, they even colored up nicely. No issues with feeding, I see them grazing on the algae stones, I see them fighting with the minnows for pellets and even head down in between pebbles to catch whatever fell there. Awesome fish. Given how small they are (barely larger than the minnows), I wonder if I should get like 2 more, or if 6 would be too much if and when they grow up to their full size. My initial idea also was to get hillstream loaches or some of the other suckers, be it borneo sucker or the other sewellia. I am not sure now though, because I have seen them, they are larger than the garras at this moment and would outgrow them, and if the garra also eats the algae, I dont think the production would be sufficient for all the fish. I did a low plant setup with longer light sections to promote the growth and since recently the stones are starting to be coated with algae. If I do not add the hillstream loach, I would perhaps want some other fish to complement the tank. I made the tank with some cave hiding fish in mind, so there is one hollow out stone and three other places that provide cave like structures. I am not sure if the garras will end up using them, they seem to hang out all over the tank at this point. I do like the idea of kuhli loaches but they wouldnt enjoy the pebbles I hazard. Not sure if any other sort of loach would work, I do not have the experience with them. There are no shrimp and only pond snails and ramshorns that I would be willing to move somewhere else if the fish would try to eat them. What fish would you recommend? Or am I overreacting with the sewellia? The point is, while the filter has some flow, it is not a massive flow and I am not sure about the "enough oxygen in the water" parameter that everyone says hillstream loaches must have. Some people also have success with keeping them in not that strong flow rated tanks. My pH is around 7,2 or so, soft water, no heater, at this moment 22°C, in summer I expect 25-26°C to be the top temperature. The tank has a lid. So far the minnows are not yet breeding, I added some salvinia to the top recently, since the hornwort was not doing what I expected, so maybe it will change. I considered, if the tank is running for a year or two, as a change, to add a pair of paradise fish, but that is a future decision, I want to enjoy the minnows for a while and see them breed. Thank you 2 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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