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March 24, 2012
1:11 pm
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I got lots of stocking advice and suggestions from people and I have been using AqAdvisor to check size and filtration requirements for their suggestions and I came up with these two stocking scenarios for my tanks:

55 Gallon Community Tank

20 Gallon Community Tank

If anyone sees any potential problems or has some better suggestions for the inhabitants I have in mind, please let me know. Thanks!

March 25, 2012
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My opinions, but not my tanks /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

55G - Botia striata are sociable fish, so I'd increase their numbers to 6-8. The middle and upper parts of the tank will be very busy with two groups of rainbow fish and the zebra danios, so I'd leave out the platies.

20G - a Noah's Ark tank with too few fish of too many species, all of which need kept in larger groups. I'd suggest 8 platies, 6-7 C. julii, 7-8 neons and the kuhlis.

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March 25, 2012
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Well, I can put all my platies in the 20 gallon for sure. My wife's only request was the bleeding heart tetras. Maybe I could add some to the big tank if I cut it down to this:

Updated 55 Gallon

You'll see I replaced the botia striata with a Red Tailed Shark. Think I could keep one RTS if I add him last, after the rest of the fish have matured into the tank, if I provide him with lots of hiding spaces, and no other bottom dwellers?

If not, are the botia strata strictly nocturnal, or will I see them during the day if I keep significant numbers?

Edit: What about YoYo loaches? Are they more likely to be active during the day than botia strata? The Rainbowfish will keep the top half of the tank busy, I'd like the bottom of the tank to be active during the day as well.

Thanks for the help!

QUOTE (Eyrie @ Mar 25 2012, 04:16 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
My opinions, but not my tanks /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

55G - Botia striata are sociable fish, so I'd increase their numbers to 6-8. The middle and upper parts of the tank will be very busy with two groups of rainbow fish and the zebra danios, so I'd leave out the platies.

20G - a Noah's Ark tank with too few fish of too many species, all of which need kept in larger groups. I'd suggest 8 platies, 6-7 C. julii, 7-8 neons and the kuhlis.

March 26, 2012
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Either the striata or the yo-yos would be a better choice than the shark, and either loach species will be active during the day. I certainly see plenty of my striata.

If domestic bliss is at risk, I'd pick one rainbow fish species and have 7-8 so that you can add 7-8 bleeding hearts. Got to be better than cold food and sleeping in the garage!

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March 26, 2012
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QUOTE (Eyrie @ Mar 26 2012, 01:06 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Either the striata or the yo-yos would be a better choice than the shark, and either loach species will be active during the day. I certainly see plenty of my striata.

If domestic bliss is at risk, I'd pick one rainbow fish species and have 7-8 so that you can add 7-8 bleeding hearts. Got to be better than cold food and sleeping in the garage!

Amen. Unless I wrangle my way into getting another tank so she can have her fish. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> Just kidding. She'd be pissed. Especially since it's the first time she has requested a specific fish.

Do you have pictures of your striata somewhere on site? How big are they?

Someone suggested Dwarf Cichlids for the lower part of my tank. I hadn't looked into them because I had incorrectly assumed all cichlids were aggresive and needed very specific water requirements. There are some cool dwarf species.

Still, I love the activity from the loaches. There are some amusing utube videos of loaches playing.

March 27, 2012
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No pics, because I'm hopeless with a camera, but they're about 3-3.5". Must have had them for close to five years now.

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