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Looking for some stocking suggestions

Post by StacyVA on Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:26 am

I am new to the forum but have been reading through and you all seem really great! I am looking for some suggestions on which fish to add to my tank.

It is a 29 Gallon bow front that is moderately planted (hope to be heavily planted once everything grows in more)

I currently have:
8 neon tetras
4 silvertip tetras
1 panda cory

I definitely need to get a few more cories (i was thinking of 5 in total).

So i was debating on making larger schools of my tetras or is there a larger showier fish I can add. Everyone is really peaceful so I don't want anything that will get aggressive.

I appreciate any advice you have!

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Re: Looking for some stocking suggestions

Post by Shell on Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:32 am

Hi - and welcome to the community!

Stocking is really a personal preference thing, after you consider the needs of the finned-babies of course (e.g. Numbers and compatibility). Wink

I would definitely up the group of cories if possible, as you mentioned. If my tank, I would also up the number of silvertips, maybe another four to make a nice schooling group of eight. But this, of course, is up to you!

What other fish are you considering for this tank?

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Re: Looking for some stocking suggestions

Post by alexmtl on Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:28 am

Hi StacyVA, Welcome to the forum !

Great to have you here. You may wish to say "hello" in the Introductions section as well Very Happy

I like your current selections. I agree with you, more cories would be nice to see and they are very playful in a group.

You can have some great ideas for plants in the Plant Section. There are many members who can assist you with plant stocking ideas. I prefer Vals as draping background and large Amazon Swords as centre pieces. My favouite plant is the humble Java Moss. I love the look and artistry of Java Fern.

As for other fish, that if very personal. You have some nice schoolers in the tetras. Well I would advocate (not surprisingly) some livebearers (who would have guessed). Platies would add a nice splash of colour and they do not have the size of swordtails. They are very peaceful.

Again welcome and thanks for posting !
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Re: Looking for some stocking suggestions

Post by StacyVA on Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:40 am

Thank you for your replies Alexmtl and Shell!

I know it’s totally personal but I am sure there are a number of fish that I wouldn’t have even considered so I appreciate suggestion or combinations that have worked out well for others 

My original stocking list was going to be:

6 x Neon tetras
6 x Bloodfin Tetra
6 x Panda corys
4 x Platy
1 x Pearl Gourami

As you can see I’ve altered it slightly ,

Getting more neon’s and silvertip tetras instead of bloodfin’s.

I think platies would be a good addition but I am cautious about the gourami. I’ve read that the pearl gourami is Ok in a community with peaceful fish but would love some feedback. Or other single large fish I could keep with my schools of tetras.

Otherwise I thought about just making larger schools of the fish I have… or adding another small school of another tetra there are a lot to choose from.

I will have to check out the plant section as well!

I love java moss also, I just ordered some from The Plant Guy last week and tied it to my driftwood, I can’t wait for it to fill in!

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Re: Looking for some stocking suggestions

Post by GaryE on Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:16 pm

What you have right now is all South American, so why not stick with it?
I'll suggest some favourites that show up in pet stores here on a regular basis:
glowlight tetras;
black neons (I love that fish):
the magnificent rummy nose tetras:
any pencil fish;
if the top is tight (these are jumpers) I highly recommend hatchet fish. They hug the surface but can provide a showy focal point with their size.

All like to be in groups of six, and all will run with the fish you currently have. You could choose between them. I would avoid bloodfins as every time I have had them, they have been fin nippers.
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Re: Looking for some stocking suggestions

Post by Biulu on Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:13 pm

I would not add another species to the midlevel as in my opinion it would look very busy. I would rather up the numbers of the fish you have and add a centre piece or top level fish.

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