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Big Tank, Small Footprint Stocking
September 1, 2011
7:42 am
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Hi guys, sorry if I'm posting in the wrong section.

I have a tank that is 14.5inches deep and wide and 18 inches tall, roughly 16 gallons. Heavily planted, sand and gravel substrate, pH 7, ammonia and nitrites 0, nitrates not sure, my testing kit is broken, water very soft, temperature about 80F. I have a Fluval U2 internal filter.
Currently I have a female betta splendens and 4 panda cories. And 20-something RCS I'm looking for a small schooling fish to stock it.
My favourite pick would be mosquito rasboras (borasas brigittae). However, I'm having trouble getting hold of them. I should be able to get ember tetras (Hyphessobrycon amandae) easily enough, which are my second choice. I was wondering if you guys have any other suggestions you could offer me, comments on my current two choices?

My eventual plan is to remove the betta and cories to a larger tank and have a full-on micro-tank, possibly with a biotype setup, with pygmy cories and one or two schools of microfish, but for now I just want something to add a bit more life to the tank. Any suggestions would be very welcome, as long as they are both legal and available in Australia. Thanks! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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September 1, 2011
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Add spotted blue-eyes to that list. I can't remember the scientific name (something to do with gertrude?) but they are cute little Australian natives.

September 1, 2011
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Welcome a-board!

I have B. brigittae and H. amandae in small tanks and I find the tetras to be more colourful than the rasboras. Either though would make a good choice for your tank. I'd pick one or the other and just have the one mid-water shoal to compliment the pygmy corydoras and shrimp.

Not kept P. gertrudae but based on the KB profile they are another good option.

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September 2, 2011
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Thanks, someone on another forum who has kept them said they are probably not such a good match as the tetras and rasboras. Anyway, I went to a local pet shop and saw embers today, and they were so cute! I've bought six of them, so we'll see how that goes. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> My betta is ignoring them totally and my shrimp seem to think they are another form of shrimp. The embers are exploring all the plants - they look really good against the green!
So you reckon 6 embers, 10 rasboras and 6 pygmies would not be as good as maybe 10 embers and 10 pygmies? I do prefer variety but I know they prefer larger schools and I will pander to their needs. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
Thanks for the advice, it's great to hear from someone who's kept both species! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

September 2, 2011
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I'd go with the larger group of embers (say a dozen) rather than two shoals. Given the footprint of the tank I'd cut back to maybe eight of one species from C. hastatus, C. pygmaeus or C. habrosus.

That though is simply my preference. It's your tank, so if you prefer to have eight each of H. amandae, B. brigittae and a dwarf corydoras species it's up to you.

Other thing to do is to get that larger tank and increase the numbers of panda corydoras /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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September 2, 2011
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Thanks, it's nice to have options. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I'll have to give it a bit of thought. Hopefully I'll inherit the larger tank in the summer when I convince my sister that her goldfish needs to go in the pond, not in a 23 gallon tank. Íf I'm granted permission, I'll have the pandas in there, increase the school to 6 and hopefully start a betta sorority. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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