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09-13-2013, 02:53 AM #1
"Community fish" for the shrimp tank; RCS
Hey all, I have a 5g planted nano that I'm primarily planning on stocking with cherries. Might pick up a few oto cats as well once the tank is established. However, in the long run I'd like to add a single species that would swim around the water column some. The tank doesn't have much "leg room" so to speak, so I am already thinking pretty small, or possibly something like a honey gourami (even though it's mouth doesn't look big, I'm sure it would eat shrimp though).
I'm just curious for ideas in the planning phase on who I might have some luck housing with them. With any luck MTS will have hit full as I already have a honey gourami / cory tank in mind, so that would provide some backup housing if I had trouble with a particular species. Also hopefully by the time I want to add any fish, RCS would be numerous enough to tolerate an occasional nibble, but that isn't my goal!
Sorry if you guys see this type of post often, I didn't have much luck with the search feature.
09-13-2013, 03:28 AM #2
If you have got some good plant cover (you probably do, as I look at your signature) that isn't just on the lower level of the tank, I would recommend endler's livebearer, as well as other small livebearing species smaller than guppies. From my own experience, i could recommend the ember tetra. Many small species would work, but not a gourami. Make sure they are smaller than neon tetras and guppies, IME. That's what I've had success with, and as always, if it's mouth looks big enough to fit a baby shrimp into it, it will probably eat it.Tanks: 30 gal community and 10 gal shrimp/community
09-13-2013, 04:57 AM #3
09-13-2013, 11:05 AM #4
You're right dutchie, in a nano I do have to consider the bioload of shrimp. I will probably chose just one fish species and shrimp to finish out the stocking. Toad, thanks for confirming that my idea of having a honey in there isn't realistic. I appreciate the suggestions :)
09-13-2013, 11:47 AM #5
I would suggest one of the boraras, also. Here's a link that describes several of them:
09-17-2013, 06:02 PM #6
7 RCS are currently drip acclimating :). The LFS uses RO water and I'm using tap with a fairly high pH, so I figured it would be safest to drip them even though they are hearty. Unfortunately much of the crypt melted off, because I moved it around a second time after planting, or possibly was too rough with it when dividing and placing into the substrate. I think at least a few will make it, and hopefully I will be able to maintain the right foreground and central midground with crypts. I'm going to try some chainsword along the left mid and background. I have a CFL shining from above and on that side of the tank, so I think I will have enough light for it.
This LFS also has some ember tetras, although those boraras are amazing looking. I'll have to check into their availability. :)