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  1. Default Suggestion for new aquarium setup


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    Hello everyone,

    I am new to this hobby and planning to buy new 24inch*15inch*18inch aquarium tank.

    I want to stock following fishes in my aquarium:

    2 bala silver shark,
    2 rainbow,
    2 redtail,
    2 mono angel,
    (all above medium sized 1-2inch and grown in same tank in shop)
    2 guppies,
    1 feather(black Ghost)
    Any Algae eater like cory cats

    I have few questions:

    1) are these fishes compatible with each other?? My aquarium shop owner says they are compatible. Any other good suggestion for mixing different fishes are welcome.
    2) can so many fishes survive in the size of fish tank i plan to buy?? or, should I go for larger tank?
    3) what kind of tank will i need?? Its winter coming in india, will i need heater?? What other things .. Kind of filter, gravel, lights etc will be best for my tank??
    4) what are the chances of my fishes dying if i buy new tank and keep fishes directly without goin for nitrogen cycle?? Any precaution can i take for start keep fishes straight away??

    Thanks
    Nishant

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    Quote Originally Posted by nish
    I am new to this hobby and planning to buy new 24inch*15inch*18inch aquarium tank.

    I want to stock following fishes in my aquarium:

    2 bala silver shark,
    2 rainbow,
    2 redtail,
    2 mono angel,
    (all above medium sized 1-2inch and grown in same tank in shop)
    2 guppies,
    1 feather(black Ghost)
    Any Algae eater like cory cats

    I have few questions:

    1) are these fishes compatible with each other?? My aquarium shop owner says they are compatible. Any other good suggestion for mixing different fishes are welcome.
    2) can so many fishes survive in the size of fish tank i plan to buy?? or, should I go for larger tank?
    3) what kind of tank will i need?? Its winter coming in india, will i need heater?? What other things .. Kind of filter, gravel, lights etc will be best for my tank??
    4) what are the chances of my fishes dying if i buy new tank and keep fishes directly without goin for nitrogen cycle?? Any precaution can i take for start keep fishes straight away??

    Thanks
    Nishant
    OK - we are talking about 28gal - the person at your LFS is incorrect about compatibility of all those fish and several of them will eventually be far too large for that tank as well as attack each other (like the 1st 4!)

    I would stick with guppies (only males) or a group of tetras for a tank that size.

    Even if you get a larger tank, you need to consider potential sizes of these fish. Some fish need a tank to themselves (like the shark), others need a group but get big and territorial.

    It is generally recommended to cycle the tank 1st and then add fish. If you prefer to cycle with fish, you need to monitor your water parameters (with a liquid test kit) to keep your ammonia very low while growing bacteria.

    If you want to keep tropical fish (as those you've listed are) you will need a heater, filtration for at least double the size of whatever tank you buy, substrate (gravel or sand) and something to keep your tank clean like a siphon.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

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    The LFS has bala shark, parrot, redtail, rainbow, mono angel all in same aquarium. I had seen that myself. And they are doing good from last 2months. I have seen that myself. I dont know if they will attack each other. According him, you can put tetra, guppies, and black ghost if parrot is taken out of it. Totally confused.

    What are other good combinations with all or, some of the fishes I mentioned and some other fishes like .. Goldfish .. Molly .. Tetras .. Dwarfs

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    According to my understanding .. BALA shark can go large .. but right now its 2inch .. How many months or, years will it take to get into 6-7inches. I think then only it will face space issues. I can plan for bigger tank then.

    Also, black ghosts can get long .. but it will also take time as ryt now its only 3-4 inches.

    Correct me I am wrong

  5. #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by nish
    According to my understanding .. BALA shark can go large .. but right now its 2inch .. How many months or, years will it take to get into 6-7inches. I think then only it will face space issues. I can plan for bigger tank then.

    Also, black ghosts can get long .. but it will also take time as ryt now its only 3-4 inches.

    Correct me I am wrong
    Bad plan - you should start off with the largest tank you can afford and then put fish in that are good for it FULLY GROWN. A 28 gal tank is appropriate for smaller fish that won't get to be more than 2-3" tops. Fish stores place all different kinds of fish together because they intend to sell them, not keep them like that long term.

    If you want other fish that grow so large, you will need to invest in a larger tank that will accommodate it as it grows.

    All fish in store are juveniles and hence, small - it doesn't matter how long they will stay small - that's simply not a great idea.

    While there are people who discover that a fish they purchased already will totally outgrow their current tank and then upgrade to larger tanks, it is a pain to have to transfer fish based upon your own lack of knowledge of potential size - it's stressful to the fish as well.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

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    +1 to Andrea - The juvie fish in the store tanks are not relevant to your stocking.

    BTW - Mono Angels are brackish water fish, The rest are freshwater.

    Take the time to google the care requirements and minimum tank sizes of your stock list above, 10 minutes of that will save you a lot of questions and we can move on to finding fish you like that are appropriate for your tank. Only the corys are IMO and they do not eat algae unless starving btw.

    I have no idea what equipment you have available there so you might have to link us examples. It is best to get a filter that is rated for twice the size of your tank since media clogs and filters slow wrt flow.
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    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

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    + 1 to 850R and andrea, It's alway nice to look through books or go to the LFS and say wow I like that fish but not realy research it.
    Last edited by steeler58; 11-01-2012 at 07:23 PM.
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    Bala sharks get about 12-13 inches
    55g planted. black skirt tetras. Neon tetras. Emerald Cory cat. Glow light tetras. 1kribensis cichlid, b. Rainbow fish. Rhino pleco. Pearl gourami. Dwarf platys

    29g planted. 1firemouth cichlid. Gold barbs. Scissortail rasboras.

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    Wow. That is a SHOCKING stock list, no offense. Also a tank at the LFS is not an accurate representation of how the fish will behave in your home aquarium -- just because they are in the same tank together at the LFS does NOT mean they are compatible.

    2 bala silver shark, -- Get to 12-13", need a school and a 6 foot tank.
    2 rainbow, -- I assume Rainbow Shark. Need at least 55g and only 1-per-tank.
    2 redtail, -- As above.
    2 mono angel, -- Too large and Brackish and unsuitable for a Freshwater tank.
    1 feather(black Ghost) -- Need at least 75g, preferably 100g+.

    2 guppies, -- YES. Guppies are perfect for your tank.
    Any Algae eater like cory cats -- Cory Cats ARE NOT ALGAE EATERS. But they would be very good for your tank.

    Might I suggest some attractive SUITABLE fish for your aquarium:
    - Cardinal Tetras
    - Harlequin Rasbora
    - Panda Corydoras
    - Bristlenose Plecostomus
    - Dwarf Gourami -- CLICK FOR IMAGES.
    Last edited by Amelia; 11-02-2012 at 05:36 AM.

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    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF on the 13th with a full moon. - Taurus Spurs! - RiversGirl Here's a get well soon beer, so get well ASAP. - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    feelin your pain - SeaLady Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass Beer reduces kidney stones! - Sandz T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx. Have another on me! - pRED 
    Enjoy the 4th brother :-) - Taurus Bleeding blues! - RiversGirl TGIF and here's to the bleeding blues Lee. - Taurus This one's on me.... - Slaphppy7 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
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    + 1 listen to amelia she had proven she know's what she's talking about.
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