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Stocking fish for soft water
April 26, 2014
10:56 am
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cariad
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Good morning All,

I am new to tropical fish keeping and have just cycled my tank which is 50 litre size and planted up with mostly live plants... the water is soft in this area so what fish would you recommend I keep?

April 26, 2014
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You've got a very wide range of potential aquarium inhabitants. Whereabouts do you live? Any good local retailers?

There are many tetras and pencilfish which will do fine in 10 gallons, same with rasboras, barbs and others.

You can go with a geographically-themed aquarium, so all fish from a particular area of the world.

What substrate do you have?

April 26, 2014
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I live in South Wales and found the local Maidenhead Aquatics staff to be very helpful.   I have been looking at all types of tropical fish but I am drawn to the guppies as I love the variety of colours etc.  I have gravel at the bottom of the tank and have put in six live plants which are growing well (I have also put a couple of plastic ones just to fill in the gaps).

I don't want to have fish that will grow very big because of the limited space... what would you recommend?

April 27, 2014
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Guppies tend to prefer a little bit of buffering in their water in my experience, just enough to keep things stable at around neutral. Other than that, they'd be great, although all the different cultivars will breed together, usually resulting in fairly muddy-coloured mongrels. Better to choose just one colour strain and stick to it IMO, that way you can choose some other compatible species.

May 6, 2014
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Another issue with guppies is that they'll inevitably breed unless you buy only one gender, and you only have a small aquarium.

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