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  1. Default Stocking an established 92gal bowfront


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    Hi all -

    I have recently added a 180gal tank to my house and moved a large number of fish out of my 92gal bowfront into the new 180. I am now trying to figure out what to add back into the 92. It's planted, has driftwood, gravel bottom - will be converting to more sandy substrate in the coming year.

    Current stocking is:

    1 African butterfly fish
    6 blackskirt tetras
    4 dwarf neon rainbows, three female and one male
    1 juvenile angelfish
    1 honey gourami
    1 baby swordtail (he will be joined by two other babies once they get big enough, not sure I will be keeping them all, depends on the male/female ratio as they grow up)
    2 Siamese algae eaters
    Bottom: 9 sterbae cories, two small plecos (gold nugget and a pinstripe panaque), 1 spotted raphael catfish, and one cuckoo catfish

    At this point all is peaceful in the tank - no nipping, no hiding (well, except for the two catfish - I hardly ever see them), all seem to be healthy fish.

    I would like to add something to give the middle of the tank some color - it's quite drab at this point. My blackskirts I have had for a year, and they have always been quite timid and shy - they have never done all the nipping that I've read about on the forum, and they've been with a large variety of community fish over the past year. I really don't want to add anything that will stress them out or bully them. I am also worried about my little angelfish, I don't want her bullied either.

    I have been planning to add 2-3 more dwarf neons bows (to bring the ratio up 5 females:2 males). The other fish I have considered are:

    Gold barbs, Odessa barbs (maybe too busy?), congo tetras (maybe too busy/big?), a group of male guppies, or maybe some other kind of tetra? I'm open to any other suggestions as well - main criteria are color and peacefulness.

    Any thoughts on what might work? I am trying to be really careful with my decision cuz my other tanks are full, so whatever I get is stuck in that tank and my two lfs' are not great about taking fish back.

    Thank you!

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    nice big tank for a neat community set up.

    if you wanna see your black skirts flourish and play get about 10more. they will be thrilled to be in a school that size.
    plus, that'll decrease any risk of them becoming fin nippers towards other fish (as they are typically known to do)

    then I would get another schooling fish.
    i would avoid the barbs as they can be fin nippy as well and play it safe with a nice tetra.
    congos would be nice, bloodfins are also good recommendations. so see what is around you and get another school of 15.

    that should help fill out the area's and give you the activity you are looking for.

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    + 1 to mizzoutank on adding another school. The bloodfin suggestion I like, other tetra choices include rummynoses, Rosy tetras, lemons or flame tetras. You will need to watch your african butterfly if the tetras are small enough for it to swallow.
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    Awesome thanks for the responses!!

    I think that sounds like a great idea, I really like the congo tetras so I think I will go for those...my only question is you really think that's not too many fish? I feel like 15 of each would be an awful lot of fish, especially when the congos get full size. I think I am leaning towards taking my baby swordtails to the lfs so they will be out of the picture, which will help.

    I also need to trim the plants a bit to provide some more swimming space.

    Thanks again I am excited to see how the skirts do with larger numbers!

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    How many Congo's did you want?
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    Well how many do you think I can have?

    I dunno, I guess it depends on how they interact with the black skirts. If they avoid each other and keep to their own area, I think 6 would be kind of the limit if I have 15 skirts. If they all co-mingle, then I could probably bump it up to 8-10. I guess part of my hesitation is that so far my skirts have always been shy - I have seen them give up their space in the tank to serpaes, rainbows, and swordtails. It seems like they won't challenge anyone. But, if they have larger numbers, maybe they will be braver.

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    I guess I should specify that I was planning to get all male Congos. My understanding is that they will be ok with each other as long as there are no females...is this correct?

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    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF on the 13th with a full moon. - Taurus Spurs! - RiversGirl Here's a get well soon beer, so get well ASAP. - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    feelin your pain - SeaLady Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass Beer reduces kidney stones! - Sandz T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx. Have another on me! - pRED 
    Enjoy the 4th brother :-) - Taurus Bleeding blues! - RiversGirl TGIF and here's to the bleeding blues Lee. - Taurus This one's on me.... - Slaphppy7 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
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    I think 8-10 would be fine and include females, here's a video that shows how they interact with both M/F.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=tyofyJm9Pg0
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    Love the video, thanks for sending it!! I'm excited to get them. What ratio of males to females would you think would work?

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    wow love that video too. I have a small school of 7 males in my 90. LOVE them - but they are much zippier than the fish in this video LOL. After seeing the video, though, I want to at least double my school - and maybe add some females.

    Oh - and the reason I posted was to also suggest you might like a school of Colombian tetras if you are looking for placid and peaceful. I have Colombians in my 30 and they are beautiful hardy fish. Not quite as showy as the Congos but still, very pretty fish.
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