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Stocking ideas

Postby jakiana » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:48 am

Hi, my new 95 litre tank is now cycled and has been for 6 weeks now, I have 8 danios in there all doing really well ( a mixture of pearl, zebra and leopard). I'm wanting suggestions for fish I can gradually introduce that will get on well with the danios. And possibly add a bit of colour. And I obviously don't want to overstock
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Re: Stocking ideas

Postby Carylnz » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:09 pm

Anything a similar size. I'd suggest not adding any livebearers.
Cherry barbs are lovely and very colourful. Harlequins, lemon tetras, odessa or rosy barbs also come to mind.
It is hard to make suggestions when we have no idea what species are available in your area.
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Re: Stocking ideas

Postby jakiana » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:34 pm

Can get cherry barbs, harlequins and rosy barbs, not sure what the others are, I know tetras but not lemon tetras. If I went for cherry barbs how many would you suggest, also thinking of neon tetras at a later date, would they be ok with the others? Also I need a bottom fish, a scavenger, what would you suggest without overstocking ?
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Re: Stocking ideas

Postby Carylnz » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:11 am

What are the tank dimensions? A tall tank can stock less than a wide one. If indeed you have a narrow tall tank some of those fish will be unsuitable as they like swimming space.
A smaller version of the harlequin, and more brightly coloured, is the Hengeli rasbora. I believe it is now being sold as a pork chop rasbora :roll:
How many cherries depends on the tank dimensions.
Please note that neons are useless at schooling so if you want a group that look cool swimming together, neons are not it.
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Re: Stocking ideas

Postby jakiana » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:04 am

Tank dimensions are 30 inches across, 15 inches high and 11 inches deep... Roughly!
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Re: Stocking ideas

Postby Carylnz » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:08 pm

Add 12 cherry barbs then (as they are small) and either 1 bristlenose catfish (Anicistrus), 3 small loaches, or 4 or 5 corydoras for the bottom level
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Re: Stocking ideas

Postby jakiana » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:18 pm

I got 5 cherry barbs, and a sucker catfish thing, not sure of the name. Grows maximum of 3 inches. So I have 8 danios, 5 cherry barbs and a catfish scavenger.... If I wanted to add a larger centrepeice fish instead, would this be possible, if so what would you recommend?
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Re: Stocking ideas

Postby Carylnz » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:51 pm

I do hope the 'sucker catfish thing' is not a Chinese Algae Eater.
For a feature fish, look at a pearl or lace or orange gourami or have a look at rainbowfish.
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