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02-28-2013, 07:53 AM #1Member CoryCat
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Need your advice on new fish to get for my 50 gal tank
Hello. I haven't been on this forum in a few years but got a lot of help when building my tank. It is a 50 gallon wide planted tank with a couple pieces of driftwood. Right now it has the following:2013_02_25_20_57_58_503.jpg
1 pearl gourami
4 harlequin rasboras
2 black neon tetras
3 sterbai corys
1 bristlenose pleco
many many many red cherry shrimp!
I had more than that originally but some died over 3 or 4 years. I had 3 pearls initially but two died within the first month, and I used to have 6 each of the harlequins and tetras, 4 sterbai, 4 otos, and a bamboo shrimp.
Since there aren't too many fish in there now, I would love to hear some opinions on some fish to add. Maybe something different, something to add more color, maybe a couple bigger ones too since the pearl is the only big one (more gouramis maybe?). I definitely want another bamboo shrimp because that looked pretty cool in there, but other than that I am open to hear your ideas. And of course nothing that will not get along with what I have in there now. Here is a picture of the tank as it looks now
02-28-2013, 08:46 AM #2
I would leave the gourami to himself. I'd up the number of the rasboras and tetra's to ten and add 2 or 3 more cory's.
02-28-2013, 08:52 AM #3
02-28-2013, 11:14 AM #4
first of all, I love the tank it looks great. I agree with the earlier posts, I think increasing the school size of the tetras, corys and rasboras would look great. Not sure but I think gourami can get aggressive to each other/other species of gourami, so i would leave that.
I love black ghost knifefish, they are amazing to watch, swim in every possible direction, up, down, forwards, backwards, everything. i would have one in a heartbeat if my tank was large enough to house one. they do get fairly big, up to a foot long perhaps even a foot and a half in some instances, but 50 gallons should be enough space :)
02-28-2013, 11:29 AM #5
It's a fascinating species but difficult to find tank mates for and to do it properly you'd need a 125 gallon at the very, very least.
02-28-2013, 11:35 AM #6
apologies, talldutchie & dman, i was wrong!
02-28-2013, 11:37 AM #7
02-28-2013, 11:53 AM #8
sorry! ill try not to in future. got that info off this site http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...857&pcatid=857 shows you cant trust every website huh?
02-28-2013, 12:58 PM #9
No... in fact there's more wrong with that website.
For the clown loach they recommend 50 gallons as well and yet they state:
Since the Clown Loach can grow to an impressive size of nearly 1 foot in length, it should be housed in larger freshwater systems
They also forget to mention that it needs a group.
Pretty much all of their big fish listings and quite a few others have unrealistic tank sizes.
02-28-2013, 01:32 PM #10
That live aquaria site sells fish. Advice from any site that is trying to sell you anything should be taken with doubt and thoroughly researched.