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Stocking ideas
February 17, 2013
10:16 am
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malfunction
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Hi guys,

 

I'm relatively new to tropical fish keeping, so would be grateful for some feedback on my stocking plan. I currently have the following fish in my 2.5ft aquarium:

 
Red rainbowfish (Glossolepsis incisus) x6
Boesemani rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani) x 6
Moustache danio (Danio dangila) x6
Bolivian ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus) x 3
 
I'm currently cycling another tank, which is 5ft (350l), and will be transferring across the above fish once it's set up. I also wanted to add the following:
 
Turquoise rainbowfish (Melanotaenia lacustris) x6
Harlequin rasbora x6-8
Neon/cardinal tetra x8
 
I also have a female fairy cichlid (Neolamprologus brichardi) that I'd like to add to the same tank. Has anyone tried a similar combination of these fish before? And if so, are there any compatibility issues I should be aware of? Also, am I being too ambitious with the number of fish? They're all tiny now, but I know some of them (e.g. the rainbows) will grow huge eventually. 
 
Any and all comments are appreciated, so please let me know your thoughts on this set up. 
February 17, 2013
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Hi there,

You have, if I may say so, quite a motley crew of fishes. But since they all fall roughly into a similar bracket of water parameter requirements it is of course a matter of taste.

They will surely apreciate the bigger tank you are preparing. Personally i tend to disagree with your stocking idea. Instead of adding more different species, I'd rather up the Numbers of the "Rainbow" species you've got already, let the tank run for a while and then decide on perhaps another species. If you want to keep the Danios, I'd rsuggest to keep temperatures to the lower end of recommended levels.

N. brichardi though has, due to different requirements, no business in that tank as far as I am concerned. You could set up the smaller tank with the right water parameters once you have transferred the other fishes, get a male companion for the brichardi and perhaps add some of the smaller Neolamprologus or Lamprologus "shell dwellers". That'll make a nice little community.

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February 17, 2013
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I would forget the neon/cardinal(which?) and the rasboras also. They'll have a rough time competing with 4" boesmani and may end up being food. They're better suited for the smaller tank with softer water than the rainbows.

 Interesting that you chose those two sp.

February 17, 2013
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Ok thanks for the info, guys. I wanted a mix of big and little fish in the tank, but sounds like that's not such a good idea...not unless I want the smaller ones to turn into a snack anyway. 

 
Do you know of any smaller schooling fish that would compliment the rainbows? Or is it better that I avoid smaller fish completely? 
 
The shell dwellers with the brichardi sounds interesting, so I may give that try once I've sorted the big tank. I'd prefer to stay away from getting a male though - from the little I've gleaned, breeding cichlids sound like a nightmare. Are there any negative consequences to keeping the female as the only fish of her species in the tank?
 
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February 17, 2013
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malfunction said
..........................   Are there any negative consequences to keeping the female as the only fish of her species in the tank?

 
thanks

I am generally opposed to purposely keeping a single specimen of any species. Being without conspecifics just deprives the individual of a large part of their natural behaviour.

I don't really know what you mean by "breeding cichlids sounds like a nightmare" because from my experience it is like breeding any other fish species. 

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February 18, 2013
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malfunction said
 

Do you know of any smaller schooling fish that would compliment the rainbows? Or is it better that I avoid smaller fish completely?  
 

What about Melanotaenia praecox, the dwarf rainbowfish?

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March 2, 2013
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Rüdiger said

malfunction said
..........................   Are there any negative consequences to keeping the female as the only fish of her species in the tank?

 
thanks

I am generally opposed to purposely keeping a single specimen of any species. Being without conspecifics just deprives the individual of a large part of their natural behaviour.

I don't really know what you mean by "breeding cichlids sounds like a nightmare" because from my experience it is like breeding any other fish species. 

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