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Allan
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Post Number: 12
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 03:02 pm:       

What is a good rule of thumb for determining how many fish to put in a tank. I've got a 29 gallon tank with 5 serpaes and 2 corys. I'm ready to add some more but I'm not clear on how many is too much.
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Gopi
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Post Number: 1789
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 03:09 pm:       

no rule of thumb

you have to consider body type, schooling needs, territory issues, aggression, how much waste it produces, if it's a really fast swimmer, and a whole lot more

why don't you list what you want to add to the tank and we'll tell you if it's doable? There's no rule that will cover every fish out there and the "1 inch per gallon" is definately a bad one...
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Allan
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Post Number: 15
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 03:23 pm:       

The size per gallon is what I thought I had read somewhere.

I've got :
5 serpae tetras
2 julii cory

I am thinking of adding:
5-6 harlequin rasbora
1 zebra pleco
maybe a snail
maybe a ghost shrimp
I wasn't sure if I could add another small school or if it would be too much. maybe another type of tetra. though I've heard that feamle betas are not aggressive like the males, and I've been thinking about them, but I haven't read up on them yet.
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Gopi
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Post Number: 1790
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Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 03:32 pm:       

I think you might be happier with a larger school rather than a couple small schools. You'll get more of the schooling behavior as you increase numbers.

I would start with getting a few more of the cories (same kind) cuz they like buddies ;) if you like the serpae tetras, why don't you increase those numbers?
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Allan
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Post Number: 16
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 03:44 pm:       

even with that would a snail or ghost shrimp be out of the question?
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Gopi
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Post Number: 1792
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Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 03:46 pm:       

nope, unless you want a cana which gets to the size of a baseball, poops a lot, and eats plants.

you could definately increase the number of cories and serpaes while adding a brig and a few ghost shrimp.

btw, how often do you do water changes and how many gallons do you change?
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Allan
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Post Number: 17
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 05:32 pm:       

I usually do water changes every week, approximately 50%. I say usually because I've been sick this week, so I haven't done it yet.

I thought adding a shrimp or two would make it more interesting, since you don't see those much, or at least I haven't. And what's an aquarium without a snail on the side somewhere?
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Gopi
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Post Number: 1794
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Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 05:50 pm:       

hehe, i bet Musicafingers has a few spixis left (they are cute buggers) you could get one from her and then you know it's healthy ;)

There are a few types of shrimp you could try. Ghosts seem to be a bit sensitive, but since they are about 25 cents or less you could try them as a "starter" shrimp. Just make sure you don't have shrimp loving fish. Other shrimp you could try are cherries, they stay small but tend to be expensive. I had a bamboo/wood shrimp for a while (died in moving). They can get to about 3 inches, definately visible, and fun. You could try one of those (generally are worth the price)
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Gopi
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Post Number: 1796
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Posted on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 06:47 pm:       


Read that too, if you are still interested in how to stock tanks...rather than doing "inches per gallon" or whatever "rules" are floating out there on the web ;)
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Musicalfingers
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Username: musicalfingers

Post Number: 1490
Registered: 07-2005


Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 01:39 am:       

LOL...yes Gopi I actually have four left, a clutch that just hatched (about 10 made it), and another clutch laid sometime over the weekend! I promised some to Jessica, but she hasn't actually told me how many she wants yet.
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April
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Post Number: 1368
Registered: 07-2005


Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 01:59 am:       

I have just found a person in a local forum for british columbia that sells them (cherries)10 for $20, plus shipping, if you look around and settle in somewhere local, like aquariums clubs you can get really good deals and lots of knowledge...can't go wrong *big grin*. I have recently purchased the most beautiful brigs from a breeder in saskatewan, a blue, a ivory and a light strip purple.
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