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    I'm currently cycling my 55 gallon aquarium, and am planning the gradual additions of fish to it.

    I currently have five peppered cory catfish in a 10-gallon tank. My plan is to, after completely cycling, add those five, and after they get comfortable with their new environment (which I assume will take one to two weeks) I'll add 10 more peppered cory catfish. If Petsmart (yes, I go to Petsmart, my LFS is about 20 minutes away, and I'm pretty sure with all the bumps and vibrations along the way back, all of my new fish will either die or be severely stressed for a while).

    After that, I plan to add one (most likely albino) bristlenose plecostomus. I don't have experience with plecos other than the one I've owned in the past which was in my 10-gallon sadly (killed it because it was a common pleco, which I believe grows to be 24 inches), but I'm pretty sure I can manage. After researching, I read that most plecos prefer fresh greens over sinking algae wafers, however I do have some wafer in stock under my setup just in case I may run out of veggies. Fresh greens includes cucumber and zucchini, right? That's what I always see aquarium owners feeding their plecos. But could I also feed them lettuce or cabbage?

    And also, for otos. I plan to add a few, about three or four. I've owned two of them in the past, and both died before I could find out what the cause was. Otocinclus catfish seem to be very delicate and die before the owner can assume the cause. I even fed them fresh slices of blanched cucumber, never wafers. I regularly tested the water quality with my API master test kit, and everything. I'm not sure what happened.

    Overall and in the end, I'll likely have:
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    - 1 Bristlenose Plecostomus
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    I do not see any reason that shouldnt work as long as you feed the bristlenose and otos extra greens.

    I would consider adding some fish that live higher up in the water column to that stocking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    I do not see any reason that shouldnt work as long as you feed the bristlenose and otos extra greens.

    I would consider adding some fish that live higher up in the water column to that stocking.
    Adding top swimmers such as tetras? I was also thinking that, but what if I were to add some white cloud minnows? Those are sold fairly cheap, like a dollar plus 30 cents each. Would that be a reasonable choice to add? I've seen them at Petsmart before, and I actually like them better than neon or green tetras.

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    White cloud mountain minnows are a neat fish. They prefer water temperatures a little lower then other tropical fish. I have kept them in the past in a community tank which was at 72 degrees.
    A 20 minute trip really shouldn't stress out your fish all that much. I have travelled over an hour with saltwater fish and they made it just fine. I bring along a small flexible cooler lined with a towel for them to ride in so they wont roll around too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strider199 View Post
    White cloud mountain minnows are a neat fish. They prefer water temperatures a little lower then other tropical fish. I have kept them in the past in a community tank which was at 72 degrees.
    A 20 minute trip really shouldn't stress out your fish all that much. I have travelled over an hour with saltwater fish and they made it just fine. I bring along a small flexible cooler lined with a towel for them to ride in so they wont roll around too much.
    That's what I read, that they need to be in a little bit cooler water. I'm pretty sure that the cory cats and plecostomus can withstand 72 degrees Fahrenheit, correct?

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    + 1 to strider and his advice on transporting fish in the manner he descriped. I've brought fish from Reno home this way and that is a four trip.

    Some tetras for the upper region that I would suggest would be, Black neons, Head and tail lights or Harlequin rasboras that are not tetras but have very similer requirements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFishObsession View Post
    That's what I read, that they need to be in a little bit cooler water. I'm pretty sure that the cory cats and plecostomus can withstand 72 degrees Fahrenheit, correct?
    Cory's can live in 72 degree waters but I'm not sure about pleco's.
    Planetcatfish has alot of info on plecos and cory's so you could look up your particular species.
    That said, I like steeler1's suggestions for your top dwellers. All within temperature and temperament range.
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    I keep White Cloud Mountain minnows at roughly 75 degrees, and they are splendid. They are very hardy, and tolerate much higher temperatures but beyond 78 degrees they don't reach full potential.
    However, I would not consider them a top dweller. If the surface of your tank is covered with aquatic plants, they may be inclined to spend most of their time in the upper third, but otherwise consider them mid dwellers.
    Fish that I've found spend more time in the upper half of the tank include danios, guppies and hatchetfish.

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    White cloud mountain minnows do tolerate higher temperature but it will reduce their lifespan. I would not choose them for this setup since there are plenty of cheap species that do better in tropical water. Examples include danios and tetras.
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    White cloud mountain minnows do tolerate higher temperature but it will reduce their lifespan. I would not choose them for this setup since there are plenty of cheap species that do better in tropical water. Examples include danios and tetras.
    Tetras are moderately hardy, correct? They're not a delicate as other fish, but not as hardy as cory cats. If so, then I'll be looking into getting some neon tetras for my tank.

    Thanks for the information, everyone. I appreciate it.

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