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09-16-2013, 12:55 AM #1Member Goldfish
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Stocking suggestions on partially stocked 80g
So I've got a partially stocked 80 g that's been fully fish-less cycled and has a sand substrate with artificial plants and real driftwood. My filtration is a Marineland HOT 250 (55g), and a Marineland Magnum 350 (100g)
My stocking is as follows.
Aqadviser shows me at 78% capacity but at 180% filtration.
15x Cardinal Tetra
10x Red Eye Tetra
7x Peppered Cory
1x BN Pleco
1x Dwarf Gourami
1x Bolivian Ram
I've really had my eye some Boesemani Rainbows, I see they're community friendly fish but I'm not sure how many I CAN/want to get. What are you guys reccs on getting these boesemanis? Do they even need to be in a school?
Also I was looking for another more interesting/different schooling fish to get or perhaps just a single unique fish that would make my tank pop. I welcome any and all suggestions from the community.
09-16-2013, 04:59 PM #2
Yes the Boesemani will need to be kept in a school of at least 8. You have the right size tank for them also but they like their water harder than the other species you are stocking, okay as long as your waters neutral. You will hear some different opinions on this.
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09-16-2013, 05:22 PM #3
+ to steeler!
but if you are thinking of a single centerpiece fish, what about a pair of the larger type of gourami? Pearls are very peaceful pretty fish.
You could also have a single angel (or a mated pair if you can find one) as long as they are fairly small they 'should' grow up okay with the cardinal tetras and not consider them as food - but that's always a role of the dice.
Congo tetra or Colombian tetra might also be good choices. A nice sized school of 8 - 10 of either would be very pretty in that tank.
09-16-2013, 06:02 PM #4
All good suggestios that will work, though not together in some cases. Consider the activity level of fish when adding them to a community. What you have at the moment is sort of in the middle, but leaning to the sedate (non-active swimming) side.
Pearl gourami would fit into this nicely. But not with Rainbows for example. Congo Tetra would be good, and with the Pearls too, but not the Rainbows.
Water parameters would help us as steeler suggested. Selecting fish suited to your water is a lot easier and safer long-term. And fish will be healthier and less stressed in suitable parameters.
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09-16-2013, 06:59 PM #5
The rainbows are active while everyone else is pretty docile. Rather than adding another school of congos, columbians or rainbows, why not add some cool oddballs to the mix? Instead of yet another school, add a cool dwarf pleco(s), whiptail/farowella catfish. You already have a bolivian ram but you could add other dwarf ciclihds like krib, GBR, apistos. Gourami is cool too! Rainbows typically like higher PH while the fish u have now like neutral. I'm sure all fish would acclimate but food for thought...might be best to stay with neutral fish. Angel would be very cool too just make sure cardinals are large enough if u get an adult or they may become fish food!Check out my 55 Gallon, planted, Philly themed community tank! Rummynose and Cardinals, dwarf cichlids, plecos, shrimps
09-17-2013, 03:27 AM #6Member Goldfish
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I'll measure all the PH levels etc...in the tank tomorrow morning after I'm off work and post them. I like the idea of oddballs too. I've like the look of several loach species like horse faces. I've had farowellas in the past, but they're pretty docile. I'm in Houston so I should probably be able to find some of those oddball species.
09-17-2013, 04:11 AM #7
Also see cockatoo dwarf cichlid
Usually have to buy a pair and could cost 45 to 50. Worth it though!Check out my 55 Gallon, planted, Philly themed community tank! Rummynose and Cardinals, dwarf cichlids, plecos, shrimps
09-17-2013, 04:24 AM #8Member Goldfish
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I didn't even realize I was going for a red theme! I guess it looks that way. Those cockatoo dwarf cichilids look amazing though, I've never even heard of those guys.
09-17-2013, 03:19 PM #9
0Check out my 55 Gallon, planted, Philly themed community tank! Rummynose and Cardinals, dwarf cichlids, plecos, shrimps
09-17-2013, 03:21 PM #10
There is a double red agassizi on aquabid too...looks nice