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Linda

Friday, August 03, 2001 - 09:39 am
Hi all, my 55 gal. tank has been up and running for about 2 months now (it cycled about a month ago). I cycled the tank with 6 gold barbs, then slowly added 2 platties, 3 mollies, 1 gourami and 2 swords. The tank, thanks to this site, is doing really good. Fish get along. I would like to add a few more fish, but am afraid I will disrupt the tank. Any ideas on what I should add? I have added a little salt to the water. 20% of water is changed every 2 weeks, nitrites, nitrates and ammonia are checked weekly. ph is 7.8 and my water is really hard. This is a great site. THX

  

joycedonley

Friday, August 03, 2001 - 07:52 pm
Linda I like your choices. You could add another pair of swords or even go with 2 females to a mail.Which kind do you have? I loved the green swordtails when I had them. Also what kind of gourami...there are lots of varieties?

  

joycedonley

Friday, August 03, 2001 - 07:58 pm
Sorry for the mispelled word...guess I am typing too fast.

  

Kick

Friday, August 03, 2001 - 11:04 pm
I see you really have no bottom dwellers. How about some clown or khuli loaches. They are really colorful and can add a lot to the tank. Your pH is a little high, but acclimating them slowly by adding some tank water to the bag about every 15 minutes for an hour before releasing them into the tank should keep them safe. Pictus cats may be another alternative for you. They are usually pretty peaceful, swim freely and are really neat fish. They do like to have places to hide as do the loaches so fake logs or cliffs can be added if needed.

  

Linda

Saturday, August 04, 2001 - 08:19 pm
I have a gold Gourami. The Sword is, and I forget the name, but is red with black tail. To my surprise I found the Male Sword dead this morning. I saw no problem yesterday. I changed 11 gallons of water yesterday. I have salt in the water, will a Clown Loach be OK?

  

Kick

Sunday, August 05, 2001 - 12:08 am
Clown loaches are "scaleless" fish. You have to be careful with the amount of salt that you use with them as it can "burn" them. As far as the fish you have in the tank, they work great with most, are very peaceful and really neat fish. If you are using minimal salt, you will be okay, but if you are following the rule of l tablespoon per 5 gallons of water, this is too much for them. I usually follow the rule of about l/2 teasp per 10 gallons of water just to give you an idea.

  

joycedonley

Sunday, August 05, 2001 - 09:36 am
Linda I had some problems with the red male swords and my female always outlived them. The green swords I had always seemed to be hardier. I don't keep livebearers anymore, so go with Kicks advice on your salt levels. The only salt I add are to my African mbuna and that is a special kind just for them. If you just added the male sword he may have been stressed by the move from the store to your tank. Sometimes they may not have been in the LFS store long either and all the different tank conditions are more than they can adapt to.

  

Anonymous

Sunday, August 05, 2001 - 11:08 pm
Throw in a school of panda cories. They are easily the cutest funniest fish in my tank and do a great cleaning job.

  

Linda

Monday, August 06, 2001 - 09:26 am
As for the salt I was going with the rule of 1 tablespoon for 5 gallons, but I will cut that back to 1/2 tsp. per 10 gallons. Thanks everyone.

 

 

 

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