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katieN.

Saturday, September 08, 2001 - 10:38 am
Hey everyone! I have 5 harlequin rasboras, 1 female betta, 2 platys, 1 cory, and one pleco in my 29 gallon tank. I am going to get 2 0r 3 more cories today, so my one won't be lonely. My corie is a julli cory, so will I need to get more jullis so he'll be happy, or will cories just school regardless of kind? Also, in the future I would like to get some more fairly easy to care for fish. I was thinking about getting one or two dwarf gourami, but I heard that they can be aggressive. So, any suggestions for a kind of fish I can add to my tank would would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!

  

G

Saturday, September 08, 2001 - 10:40 pm
Its best to get corys of the same type, they'll probably be much happier that way.
As for the dwarf gourami, they're usually pretty peaceful in my experiences. Just be sure you have a gourami of the genus Colisa, and everything should be just fine. I've seen dwarf gouramis of the genus mentioned in with Harlequin rasboras and cardinal tetras to name a few, and everthing was just swell and dandy.
Other fish that may work out well might include dwarf cichlids such as rams or apistogrammas, although they may get a little territoral should you happen to get a pair that decides to spawn. This is also dependent on your tank set up, most dwarf cichlids prefer a well-planted/well-decorated aquarium.
Smaller barbs such as cherry barbs should work.
If you find any white cloud mountain minnows (or the stunning gold variety) those should work. Many of the tetras should also work.
The dwarf gouramis should work though, find a picture of a gourami of the Colisa genus, and make sure those are the type you'll be buying.

  

joycedonley

Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 12:04 pm
Katie many members on our board had bad experiences with dwarf gourami. I personally had two honey's that killed each other(only fish I had in five years that really fought). I think actually the larger gourami are less aggressive. Also blue rams are extermely hard to keep and tend to die if the water does not precisely meet their requirements. Suggest you go with Bolivian Rams if you do go with them. I have two angels in a 29 gallon and they do very well. They arue a little with each other, but neither one is dominant and they tend to work it out in a minor squabble.Angels are pretty resistant to disease for the most part although the longer fin type may occasionally get fin rot(mine are about five years old). When I first started fishkeeping I found green swordtails to be a nice addition in the 29 gallon. They were quite active and went well with the platys.Most livebearers don't live as long as cichlids though. Mountain minnows are a poor suggestion as they prefer much cooler water than tropicals. Aquarium Fish had a great article on them for a 10 gallon with no heater a few months back...I also keep cherry barb and they are very attractive pleasant fish. The males are really bright red and so very easy to sex. I have never kept zebra danios, but many board members find them an attractive fish. They are best kept in groups and tend to stay near the top of your tank.

  

joycedonley

Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 01:05 pm
Per Sept 2000 A fish magazine 'white clouds do very well at normal room temperatures. If kept with tropicals care should be taken to avoid those that need warm water'. Great fish for a 10gallon no heater species tank.

  

Lorna

Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 01:40 pm
Hi, I wouldn't recommend dwarf gouramis, I had a male and 2 females and the male was very aggressive, chased all the other fish in the tank and even killed my hatchets. The male picked on the females and the 2 females picked on each other. I returned the two females and put my male in a 10 gallon tank with some zebra danios. He is doing ok on his own, but mine sure caused a lot of problems. I have 5 penguin tetras and they are very peaceful.

  

Shan

Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 05:14 pm
Katie, I was going to definitely suggest more cory's but see that you are already getting them. They say that 7 is a good number for harlequins (I have 7), so you might want to add a couple more of them. I have harlequins and corys, I have been contemplating adding another fish or two so will be interested to find out what you decide on and how it works out. Suggestions that people made to me that I am considering are a couple penguin tetras, rosy barbs, cherry barbs, or congo tetras (which apparently aren't so picky about acidic water as are many tetras). Rosy barbs are beautiful, but as I understand it can get nippy, same with cherry barbs. Advantage of cherry barbs is that they're smaller than the rosy so you could get more of them. I am among those who had bad experiences with dwarf gouramis--that's why I've been so slow in introducing new tankmates to my aquarium. Is your pleco doing a good job on the algae? I want to get one, but the woman at the lfs told me they have a good reputation of working at the algae, but in reality don't really deliver!

  

G

Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 06:19 pm
Just as clarification, the experiences I've had with dwarf gouramis have been a male or two with no females, and in larger aquariums. This seems to have worked well for me, but maybe I did something wrong.
Yes, white clouds are cold water fish, but from my experiences, they appear to do quite well in water that is kept around mid 70s ( 75-76 or lower of course). I have observed them living in similar conditions for well over a year now with no problems.
Bolivian Rams are, in my opinion, are a "slick" looking fish. I tend to get "spoiled" and forget that not everyone has access to fish of the same quality that I do, so yes, blue rams can be hard to keep alive depending on how well your LFS takes care of their fish.
One fish that has been totally overlooked are other rasboras. I have honestly never kept a Rasbora only tank, but other Rasboras such as Brilliant rasboras, and maybe scissortail rasboras should work out well. Keep in mind though, that scissortail rasboras get kind of large (I've heard up to four inches).
Congo tetras are a pretty cool looking fish as well. If you find any, you owe it to yourself to get a lot of them. The males, after they mature, have longer fins that just look really cool.

As for the pleco issue, some plecos work very well, but you have to know which ones to look for. Some species are actually more or less carnivores (for example the true zebra pleco needs a more carnivorous diet). I have had good luck with bristlenose plecos, Royal plecos, and particularly my Angelicus pleco (bought it at an auction for 7 bucks) to name a few. I have the Angelicus in a 125, and all four inches of him manage to keep the tank reasonably algae free for his small size. I'm sure other members will also have other recommendations.
An "army" of otocinclus, depending on tank size, may also work out fairly well.
Just my opinion again.

  

KatieN.

Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 06:35 pm
Thanks for all of your suggestions everyone. I have been thinking that a small school of congo tetras would look very nice. Are they fairly easy to care for? Do they require any special diet? Also, how many should I get? About the pleco, he does a good job of getting rid of most of the algea, but he can't seem to get the hard green algea that shows up on the sides of the tank. Thanks again everyone!

  

joycedonley

Sunday, September 09, 2001 - 08:23 pm
Katie I have some red eyed tetra and serpae that are five years old. I also think congos look very nice. I have found most tetra very easy to care for and they will eat flake food. Tetra are schooling fish so you should get at least six or seven and the more the better(don't add too many fish to your tank especially all at once). The only tetra I ever had problems with were neon and cardinal. I recently read that neons do better in a very large school of about 25 since they get stressed very easily.

  

michael

Monday, September 10, 2001 - 02:35 pm
Hey everyone, I have a question about selecting some tank-mates for my Cichlid. I have a medium to small size Blue Acara. I also have two Cory. The Cory are fine, but every other fish a put in the tank becomes a meal for the Acara. I have tried Blood Fin Tetras, Buenes Aires Tetras, and Neons. Does anyone have any suggestions. I would like to have some more activity in the tank, just not the deadly kind...

  

joycedonle

Monday, September 10, 2001 - 05:10 pm
BA tetra are large(I have some) if he is attacking them you will have a problem. You don't say how large your tank is....makes quite a difference!

  

michael

Monday, September 10, 2001 - 06:40 pm
To add to the above, my tank is a 20 long...

  

joycedonley

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 - 07:15 am
Mike recommended tank for an acara is about 40gallons. I think the main problem is he just doesn't have enough territory. Any catfish should be okay, I can't think of anything else. Recommeded tankmate is festivum, but I keep my festivum in a 55gallon! When I had him in a 40H he attacked my angels. Now he is behaving in the larger tank.

 

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