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What to add as the main attraction
January 19, 2015
9:30 am
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FunnyGhost
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Hello,

I have a 29gallon(110) liters aquarium and I started stocking it. So far I have 2 Tylomelania snails, 6 Corydoras sterbai, 6 Chinese Danio, 10 Rasbora Galaxy. So, I wanted to add 6 Ruby barbs and 5 dwarf gourami but even though on some forums people said it's ok I still think it might be too much. Any opinions on this? I was also thinking of using honey gouramis instead of dwarf since they are more peacefull. But, in the end, how many can I add.

Or what other fish would be nice as a main piece in the aquarium?

I have quite a few plants in it but they are still growing. I change the water once a week 20%.

 

Thanks!

January 19, 2015
10:07 am
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Joaoavo
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Hello,

Honestly, and since you are new to fishkeeping, I would not add more than a pair of anabantids. I think your tank is a bit overcrowded as it is, and you'll probably struggle with keeping optimal water conditions with that population. Also, if you read the species info on this site regarding dwarf gouramis, you would know that it's best to avoid keeping more than a pair in the tank, since they are more on the aggressive side. Probably a pair in that tank is recommended, or a pair of honey gouramis (considering you find a male and female).

Depending on the setup, you can also try a pair of dwarf cichlids instead of the gouramis. If your substrate if soft and sand-like, consider Pelvicachromis pulcher (kribensis). They are hardy, generally peaceful (unless defending the offspring) and good for new hobbyists. Nannacara anomala is another hardy species that are quite suitable for you. They are smaller, especially the females, so upon defending the fry, they should not harm your other fish (except maybe the corys).

Wait for some other opinions before deciding.

January 19, 2015
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Joaoavo said
Hello,

Honestly, and since you are new to fishkeeping, I would not add more than a pair or anabantids. I think your tank is a bit overcrowded as it is, and you'll probably struggle with keeping optimal water conditions with that population. Also, if you read the species info on this site regarding dwarf gouramis, you would know that it's best to avoid keeping more than a pair in the tank, since they are more on the aggressive side. Probably a pair in that tank is recommended, or a pair of honey gouramis (considering you find a male and female).

Depending on the setup, you can also try a pair of dwarf cichlids instead of the gouramis. If your substrate if soft and sand-like, consider Pelvicachromis pulcher (kribensis). They are hardy, generally peaceful (unless defending the offspring) and good for new hobbyists. Nannacara anomala is another hardy species that are quite suitable for you. They are smaller, especially the females, so upon defending the fry, they should not harm your other fish (except maybe the corys).

Wait for some other opinions before deciding.

Thanks!

For substrate I have some plants soil, on top of that, some fine amber gravel and on top of that I have sprinkled here and there some red gravel(a little bit bigger).

January 21, 2015
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I would recommend a somewhat different approach, given the existing fish.

The Galaxy Rasbora (Celestichthys margaritatus) are best either on their own, or if in a community with other small fishes that won't overwhelm them.  Tanichthys albonubes (I assume this is the "Chinese Danio") is better with cooler water [profile here gives 22c which is 71F as the highest] which would suit the Galaxy, and likely not bother the cory, but gourami would find this a bit chilly.  And I think the Galaxies might not appreciate these fish.

The Ruby Barb (Pethia nigrofasciata) is also a bit robust for the Galaxy.  I love this barb, but it needs good swimming space and is best in a slightly larger group; I have 13 (14 with the survivor fry) in my 90g and they are a real sight.  I can see them in my 29g, but not with the other inhabitants mentioned.

Cichlids I would not recommend, again because of the other existing fish, and also the temperature issue.

I'm not sure what to suggest for additional fish, but have a read of the profile here that does offer some ideas for compatible tankmates.  Alternatively, if another tank is an option for the Galaxy, the 29g could then house the barbs nicely, and they would be without doubt the "centrepiece" in the tank.  They are not a particularly "small" fish, and they are active throughout the day.  The lower temp would not bother them.

Byron.

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January 24, 2015
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Cherry barbs might work they lived with my white cloud mountain minnows and galaxies for a little bit before I gave the minnows and  galaxies their own tank. But also adding a harem of female betta and a male or even no male would be nice. Some females can be pretty and they don't fight it get as big as the gouramis. The corys are from South America not Asia like the others. So maybe you want to get some tetras that would fit. Maybe purple emperor or black neons. It all depends on water parameters. So look for fish that are compatible with the ones you already have and since you have a top and a bottom fish look for more mid range or all tank species. 

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