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Thread: Tankmates

  1. Smile Tankmates

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    I currently have 3 harly's, 5 black neons, 1 zebra loach, and 3 boesmanni rainbows in my 30 gallon freshwater community. I do weekly water changes, and the ph is kept steady at 7.8. The tank is moderately planted with good cover. My plant will grow very much in the next 3 months, and although I'm not sure what kind of plant it is, I've had it for 2 years and its growth has been tremendous. I've kept propagating its growth, but I've recently changed my tank decor arrangement and will let it grow out a little more than usual.

    I'm looking to add more fish to the tank. Which school should I add to? I'd like to add more neons and harly's, but my zebra laoch only comes out of his cave for food, whether it be flakes or brine shrimp, and it would be cool to have him swimming about. I've wondered why he stays in there, because he is the dominant fish in the tank. It must be because he has no school, but if he gets a school of his own, I'm nervous they will nip the characins, as this solitary one does occasionally when they get between him and his food. What does everyone think?

    ps.- Adding more rainbows is, of course, out of the question.
    Tanks: 30 gal community and 10 gal shrimp/community
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    I hate to say this but I don't think you should have any boesemanis in a tank that size, it simply isn't big enough, and those fish should be in larger numbers ideally.

    Can you take the rainbowfish back to your LFS and up your other schools of rasbora and tetra to 10-15 each? The neons might not thrive at 7.8pH but it does depend on how acclimated they are to alkaline water I suppose, some can be bred in it and will fair better.

    In my experience, zebra loaches can become problematic with night-time predation. I lost a tetra school to a boistrous loach in the past and I'm not confident that I'd ever be happy keeping them together again.

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    Thanks for the advice. The people at my lfs thought the boesmans would be fine though, even though I questioned them thoroughly and was skeptical. In the end though, i gave in and bought them ecause I WANTED to believe they'd thrive. I'll do more researh on the predicament, whether there is any chance of salvaging my situation.
    As for the loaches, I guess i'll stick with the one if muliple of them could cause problems.
    Thanks again.
    Tanks: 30 gal community and 10 gal shrimp/community
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    I've never kept this loach but had researched them for their potential to eliminate snails. Most sites recommend a group of at least 5, which is why I chose not to get them. Here is a good article on this loach, the need for a group, and the potential for aggression and hiding when kept alone.

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    I guess I screwed up then didn't i
    Tanks: 30 gal community and 10 gal shrimp/community
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    At least you can fix it before anyone dies! :)

    Definitely up the harlys first, then neons

    Cories are very cool, non-aggressive bottom dwellers.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    Zebra Loaches are too large for a 30g, especially considering they need a school. I would not keep them in anything less than a 55g.

    Boesmanni's are highly active large schooling fish which required tanks upward of 75g, alkaline water and very fast current.

    The only way to "salvage" the tank is to take the Zebra and Boesmanni's back. And never listen to advice from pet store people.

    Dwarf Chain Loaches are a good alternative to Zebras, and they would fit in your tank. You need at least 6. I just got some myself and they are very cute. :)

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  9. Question

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    Well, I have taken back my lovely Boseman's. I was almost more depressed losing these than I was getting out of some relationships. Maybe I like fish too much. But I agree it's for the best, and will now contribute to schools of Harly rasboras and black neons. Emerald green corys are an option too. Will a betta go wel with 20 characins and 5 or so cory's? I've heard mixed reviews on them: some negative, some positive. Will it be aggressive even if it's the dominant fish?
    Tanks: 30 gal community and 10 gal shrimp/community
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    TO clarify from my last post: the betta I'm thinking of is the Siamese fighting fish. Again, I've heard mixed things.
    Tanks: 30 gal community and 10 gal shrimp/community
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