These kinds of fish are nowhere to be found in Romania, unfortunately. :(
Gotta look for something else.
Will this setup work?
12 Hasemania nana (silvertip tetra)
12 Paracheirodon innesi (neon tetra)
3 Blue Rams. (2 females)
AqAdvisor gives me :
Your aquarium filtration capacity for above selected species is 157%.Help on Filtration capacity
Recommended water change schedule: 30% per week.
Your aquarium stocking level is 87%
Which is fine I think.
Why is the difference between Neon Tetra and Cardinal tetra so big? If I replace the 12 neons with 12 cardinals I get a stocking of 97% which is a huge difference.
Cardinals do get a bit bigger.
I think it's a possible solution. Silvertips are hardy animals, neons on sale in Europe are usually decent quality but do look carefully when buying. Rams are always a gamble, some are temperamental. I would certainly add these last when the rest has had time to settle and your plants have grown a bit more.
Personally I would not include the Silvertip but find a quieter tetra. On your earlier comment about availability of fish, remember that many are seasonal. Especially with the wild caught species, they may only appear once a year. Fish that are always available are usually commercially raised, probably in Europe in your case but also in the Far East.
I concur with talldutchies to add rams last. However, I would only have a bonded pair. The tank is only 27 gallons, and if rams do not bond they can be nasty and you may have dead fish. As I have mentioned elsewhere, my Bolivian Ram killed the female after they spawned four times (they were obviously not bonded) and in a 5-foot tank.
What do you mean by "replace the silver tip with quiter tetra"?
Also I saw today at some FS some Tanichthys albonubes and just fell in love with them. They are almost like Neon looking, but nicer. I understand that they are fish from subtropical areas. So their upper temperature limit is 26 °C.
I found on seriouslyfish.com that Rams need: 22 – 30 °C.
So, would it work to have the Rams, silvertips and the albonubes at 24 °C? I think this temperature will suit everyone.
That is if you won`t convince me why the silvertips are no good :).
Also, i`m having a problem with my aquarium ATM. It`s a week old, and today I saw 3 tiny snails. Biggest was 1 mm. I guess they came with the plants. I really don`t want any of these, so I removed them. I fear they are pests snails that one can`t get rid of. What do you suggest I do with them? So far I removed the 3 pieces I saw, but I doubt they are the only ones.
Tetra can be separated into two basic groups, the active swimmers and the non-active swimmers. The latter are rather sedate, and "quieter." Sometimes this is important, other times less so, depending upon the tank size and other fish species.
Originally Posted by arathemis
The Silvertip, Hasemania nana, is a bit more active and likes a bit of current, which many others do not; this is from a profile:
Peaceful; suitable companion to livelier characins, danios, small catfish and loaches in acidic water setups, or livebearers in basic water tanks. Prefers a light current from the filter, so other fish in the tank should have a similar need.
Tanichthys albonubes also known as the White Cloud Mountain Minnow, is even more along the above lines. Not a tropical fish, it will waste away in warm water. And it likes cool, flowing stream-like condfitions. This is not going to work at all with rams.
Speaking of rams, they need warmth. A temp of 28C (82F) is usually recommended, but certainly no lower than 26C (80F). [The owner of Seriously Fish, Matt Ford, is a friend of mine; I will get in touch about the temp range when I have a moment, as I am curious where it comes from.]
On the snails, presumably these are one of the small species, like pond or bladder snails, or perhaps Malaysian Livebearing Snails. Be glad you have them, they are your friends. These snails get everywhere in the tank, and they eat everything organic that is dead, including all fish waste. This breaks it down faster so the bacteria can then handle it, and the plants use the nutrients from all this. They do not eat plants that are healthy and alive, only dead plant tissue.
I see. So no Minnows then.
But, as for the silvertip, I still think I have the conditions for them:
Waterfall filtration will give them some current, at least in the upper levels of the watter;
My aquarium base is 80 cm x 35 cm x 40cm which is more that what Seriously fish website recomends (which is: 60cm x 37.5cm x 30cm).
So I think their requirements are met. And the Rams will be staying on the bottom, from what I read, so they won`t be bother eachother much.
Also I read that introducing the cichlids last will make them feel like guests, and the other fishes that were already in the aquarium will feel like hosts. So Rams they will behave better, and this is what i`m planning, to add them at least 2 weeks after all the others were introduced.
Can I add Red Cherry shrimps to this stocking? Or will they just get eaten?
My stocking: Ancistrus (2), neon Tetra (12), Silvertip tetra (9), Blue Ramirez (2).
Dropped by to give an update of my tank:
I have now 12 Neone (clasic), 12 Hasemana Nana and 8 Rasbora Espei. I also have 2 assasin snails to keep the pond snails in check and I also added 15-17 Red Cherry shrimps.
As for plants I added Pogostemon Helferi and Pogostemon Erectus.
Here`s how my aquarium looks like after 6 weeks from start:
Aquael 100 - After 1.jpg
Aquael 100 - After 2.jpg
Any thoughts, critics, suggestions?
Nice looking tank, nothing to add except maybe add some kind of floading plant.
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