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04-26-2012, 03:32 PM #1
I have a 65ltr tank with 4 harlequins, 1 otto, 1 siamese fighter, 2 amato shrimp, about 8 assassins and a load of malaysian snails.
I'm told and have read that the snails and invertebrates don't count. That said I know I should have more harlequins so want to get a few more of them. I want to get a few pepper corys, 2 zebra snails and a few more shrimp to work on algae eating.
I was thinking siamese algae eaters but I've read that they don't do well with the fighters.
Water quality is good, well established bio media and gravel with daily tests looking good with 20% water changes weekly.
04-26-2012, 03:44 PM #2
Peppered cories can get pretty big, and they need a school, so minimum 6. If i were you I would forget them.
Siamese algae eaters can get big and nasty, with your tank you are better upping your school to minimum of 8. If you have a problem with algae perhaps move the tank to a darker room?
Also to be on the safe side up your water changes to 50-75% a weekMy therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
04-26-2012, 03:49 PM #3
So you are saying up the Harlequins to eight and leave it there? Don't get anything else.
04-26-2012, 05:28 PM #4
You should up the harlequins and the otos. To which extent though partly depends on tank size( dimensions). What are they?
For the betta (Siamese fighting fish), what is it's temperament like? If it is generally nice, then I think you can keep it, but if it can be mean and territorial, I recommend re-homing it.
Also, for otos, I'd up the school after quarantining them and making sure you have lots of algae. This is also why I don't recommend anything else that weill eat much algae. I recommend growing some. Read:Originally Posted by Dave's algae threadAmerican League Champions! TIGERS!
04-27-2012, 12:49 PM #5
Thanks for that.
I intend to add another 4 harlequins to get the school up to a decent size.
I do have a good supply of algae though, tank isn't in direct sunlight but does get good light so I have plenty of food for the algae eaters.
The betta is pretty passive, active but passive, he occasionally has a little chase but it's rare, he tends to just casually swim around investigating nooks and crannies and enjoys his daphnia.
Tank is only 14 gallons so can't put too much more in there, I thought small was the way to go when starting but it seems big is better!!
04-27-2012, 01:45 PM #6
0Originally Posted by darrenoneill197346 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies
04-27-2012, 01:57 PM #7
+1 to andrea
Any toxins take longer to build up in a larger body of water, 14g isn't bad for a starting tankMy therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
04-28-2012, 10:45 AM #8
I added another 4 harlequins yesterday and so far they are doing fine so the school is now 8 strong and they are all getting along fine. Nobody is hiding and they are in the middle of the tank, good stuff.
Betta is leaving them alone and the shrimp are being shrimp! Funny little guys!!