30 gallon tank!!

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30 gallon tank!!

Postby Jonathan » Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:08 pm

Hi I have a 30 gallon tank 36x12x16" and its currently on a fish less cycle.. I was wondering what species of fish I could put in it!! I was looking for something bigger like 4 to 6" inches.. Can you guys help me out with some peaceful fishes?!

ps. How many Angel could I put in 36x12x16" tank?
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Re: 30 gallon tank!!

Postby jzaine » Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:28 pm

I don't know about angels but I would go with some version of tetra (depends upon your liking), and I would definately put cory's in there as a bottom dweller.
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Postby Jonathan » Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:36 pm

how many would I would be able to fit in I really don't know how to do the math!
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Postby David » Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:19 pm

Is that 16" tall?

In an ideal world the tank would be 18" tall which is what is considered as a minimum.
Also angels can be nasty buggers so it does limit choice of tank mates.

Neon tetras would be too small but cardinals would do OK if you bought them at 1.5" already and the angels quite small.
Hatchet fish would be suitable for the top as they're the wrong shape to fit in the angels mouths.
Corys for the bottom.

A evenly spread tank with all levels occupied but fitting all those fish in would be hard as you need to let room for a angels aggression, waste and if any decide to breed.

So i would drop the angels all together, perhaps some dwarf cichlids? Or Flag cichlids which resemble angelfish appearance? Or keyhole dwarf cichlids?

All the fish i have mentioned are from south America and would give a nice south American theme! :)

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Postby Jonathan » Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:40 am

I just wanted maybe 3 or 4 angel!! I know they can be nasty, but I find them very attractive! well I have time until my tank is cycled Ill keep researching!!!
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Postby David » Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:14 am

I think you would be close to fully stocked if you went with 4.

If i were you and really wanted a angel i would go 1angel, 5 2" tetras, 5 corys and 4 hatchet fish.
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Postby Jonathan » Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:10 pm

Thanks David, Ill let you know how its turns out! Thanks for the help....
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Postby Carylnz » Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:36 pm

3 or 4 angels would be fine I think.
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Postby chase malase » Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:11 am

i think you should at least get a b nose catfish they can grow up to about 6in females are smaller but they look great
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Postby gbk » Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:14 am

I would say 3 or 4 angels would be OK, and if you buy them small with neons everything should be OK as they wouldn't consider them as food. The problems are when smal neons are put in with large angels. You may get problems if the angels try to breed and then all hell will break loose, but then that would be the case with keyholes as well I think. Just be prepared to evacuate some inhabitants if they breed.
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Postby Wolfgirl » Fri Jun 29, 2007 4:45 am

The generally accepted rule for angels (although it's just a guideline) is 10 gallons per angel. So 4 angels in a 30 gallon tank is too much. I would not put more than 2 in, and as mentioned, they really do prefer taller tanks.
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