November 20, 2009
I'm thinking about adding to my 75 gallon, and wanted to see if I could do so without overstocking and double check on compatibility for all the fish. The measurements for the tank are 48 X 18 X 20 inches, or 122 x 46 x 51 cm.
I already have:
10 Trigonostigma heteromorpha
11 Hemigrammus rodwayi
11 Corydoras Panda - I have 11 now, but they breed regularly and accounting for extra fry is more important to me than getting new fish species. I would want to have room for 18 Pandas in the stocking plan.
1 male Ancistrus sp. I don't know exactly what species of Bristlenose Catfish I have.
I was thinking about adding:
1 female Trichogaster chuna
10 Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Would this work out alright? I'm particularly concerned that I not be overstocked, and that everyone would get along with the Gourami.
May 2, 2012
I'd say the 10 black neon tetras you could easily add to that tank without even touching on the limits.
But I recommend extreme caution as far as T. chuna is concerned. We just had a similar discussion about T. lalius. T. chuna is as infamous as a carrier of fish tuberculosis as the former; to the point that specialists doubt there is a single desease free animal in the trade. If you are not 100% sure (certified by a vet) to get a desease free specimen you could very easily destroy your whole stock in a very short time indeed. Some people may think I am a bit paranoid about this issue but I promise you, if you had to watch it happen, you'd know what I mean. It isn't pretty!
December 29, 2011
Did you consider any bigger fish at all? It seems to me that you have the volume of water and tank length to accommodate slightly bigger fish, perhaps some that are can be kept in pairs?
I suspect a pair of Trichopodus leeri would love it there, or, with the tank being mainly south american at the moment perhaps you could even have a pair of Pterophyllum scalare, although they would definitely be a threat to any fry that you planned to raise...
Just a suggestion, but I strongly believe that fish communities varying in size do make a better display. And with a bit of research you can achieve it without compatibility problems (I have to say at this point, that I never kept any Ancistrus, and don't know if they are a concern in terms of sociability).
November 20, 2009
I don't really want anyone guarding nests or fry, that is why I am avoiding pairs. I actually really like the T. leeri and have looked into them extensively before, but it seems with T. leeri there is a higher chance of having a rouge individual that will not do well with the other fish as compared to with the T. chuna. I think I'm okay with just the Ancistrus being the big fish - it actually makes me a little nervous to see larger fish with smaller fish. My Ancistrus is 5 1/2 to 6 inches, and even though I know he won't even go after free swimming fry he still makes me a bit nervous now and then, just from his size.
June 13, 2011
December 29, 2011
(...) I actually really like the T. leeri and have looked into them extensively before, but it seems with T. leeri there is a higher chance of having a rouge individual that will not do well with the other fish as compared to with the T. chuna. (...)
I wasn't aware of leeri's tendency for aggression. Did you find any specific examples (i.e. what community, tank size etc). I kept a pair of them once and would also like to give them a go in the future, in a big Asian community tank. I have heard of a T. leeri bully twice before, but when it came to showing pictures it was always trichopterus.
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