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Hello everyone,

 

I used to own a small 15L? maybe tropical tank with 3/4 male guppies however this did not work out very well in the end and ultimately the tank was just too small even for the small fish.

 

However i do miss having a tropical tank in my games room so i am going to buy a bigger tank although don't want it exceeding 80Litres MAX really due to space.

 

I don't really have much knowledge on stocking tropical fish and what breeds can live together etc. so for those that do i was wondering if you could give me some ideas of stocking ideas and what size tank would be needed to accommodate them. I want a colourful tank with mid low and higher swimming levels (not so keen on guppies) if possible if not don't worry. 

 

Ps. low(ish) maintenance and easy to keep fish would be a BIG plus :rofl

 

Thanks :)

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Rainbows are nice fish :) Maybe some rainbows and German rams? Usually it's about an inch of fish per gallon of water. So, maybe 3 rams and 3 rainbows and 3 cory cats? I would recommend a 25-29 gallon tank for all of those. I think it would look pretty :teehee If you keep the pH 7.0 and the water parameters stable the fish should thrive nicely in there. :) That's what I would do anyway :peeka or maybe a giant school of neon tetras and glow fish :P

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You could do a school or 2 of smaller tetras with some corys, maybe some danios of some type?
 

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You could do a school or 2 of smaller tetras with some corys, maybe some danios of some type?

 

 

Oh yeah, what size tank roughly for 2 schools corys and danios? 

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Just corys and danios?

For corys they do best is school's of at least 5 although they can live in smaller groups. Danios are simular and do best in larger groups. So I'd say for 5 of each around 20gal ewould be perfect. You could cut the corys down to 3 and pull a 15.

That's my two cents.

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You could do a school or 2 of smaller tetras with some corys, maybe some danios of some type?

 

 

Oh yeah, what size tank roughly for 2 schools corys and danios? 

 

Your plan for 80L max would be a good size.  That's 20 Gallons which would do you that.  I would make the corys a small school like 3 and bump up the numbers of the other fish. 

If It was my 20gallon tank, and I had it heavily planted and could maintain perfect levels.

I would get

6 or so Cardinal tetras (or neons, cardinals are just prettier but cost more)

3 milini or panda corys, Julis are kinda cute too.

6 Rasboras (of some type likely harlequin)

6 Galaxy Danios

 Otherwise for regular tanks I would cut out one of the 3 groups of 6.

 

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You could do a school or 2 of smaller tetras with some corys, maybe some danios of some type?

Oh yeah, what size tank roughly for 2 schools corys and danios?

Your plan for 80L max would be a good size. That's 20 Gallons which would do you that. I would make the corys a small school like 3 and bump up the numbers of the other fish.

If It was my 20gallon tank, and I had it heavily planted and could maintain perfect levels.

I would get

6 or so Cardinal tetras (or neons, cardinals are just prettier but cost more)

3 milini or panda corys, Julis are kinda cute too.

6 Rasboras (of some type likely harlequin)

6 Galaxy Danios

Otherwise for regular tanks I would cut out one of the 3 groups of 6.

Thanks for the ideas. Went to my lfs and there was a 70L ( 18.5 US gallons) tank for £70 with heater lights and filter on offer which seemed a good price.

 

So say i was to moderately plant it although not too heavily.

Would this stocking be sustainable

3 corys (probably panda)

5 cardinal tetra

5 platys / galaxy danios (not both)

and perhaps a centre fish such as male dwarf gourami maybe?

 

Also my tap water has a pH of about 8 if this is too high for the tetras?

Thanks for the help :)

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Just corys and danios?

For corys they do best is school's of at least 5 although they can live in smaller groups. Danios are simular and do best in larger groups. So I'd say for 5 of each around 20gal ewould be perfect. You could cut the corys down to 3 and pull a 15.

That's my two cents.

 

Thank you for your help :)

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Personally i hate mixing live bearers with other tropicals.

I hate livebearers to begin with. I was always guaranteed to scoop out more dead ones from the tanks then any other fish when i worked at pet stores.

But hey thats just my personal preference ;)

8 is a bit high. They can get used to it. Whats the ph at the pet store?

Personally i would use a neutral regulator. Keep everything at 7 in the tank and in my buckets before it goes in the tank.

Dwarf gouramis are hit and miss IMO

Ive had some be total turds while some were plesant. I did find that regardless they never lived that long for me....

I did however find that they arent the most active fish in the world when i had the tanks like that.

My brother has a regular gourami in his tank... last one standing... it killed all the other fish. Now it just slowly swims around looking for stuff to kill. Every time i got visit their house that fish gives me the death glare. So i brought over more live plants for him to see if he could maybe add some danios to the tank if the plants grow.....

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I'm always cautious when giving others advise on stocking. That said I think you could do the 3 corys, 5 danios, and 5 cardinal tetras.

I'd leave off the gourami though.

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Personally i hate mixing live bearers with other tropicals.

I hate livebearers to begin with. I was always guaranteed to scoop out more dead ones from the tanks then any other fish when i worked at pet stores.

But hey thats just my personal preference ;)

8 is a bit high. They can get used to it. Whats the ph at the pet store?

Personally i would use a neutral regulator. Keep everything at 7 in the tank and in my buckets before it goes in the tank.

Dwarf gouramis are hit and miss IMO

Ive had some be total turds while some were plesant. I did find that regardless they never lived that long for me....

I did however find that they arent the most active fish in the world when i had the tanks like that.

My brother has a regular gourami in his tank... last one standing... it killed all the other fish. Now it just slowly swims around looking for stuff to kill. Every time i got visit their house that fish gives me the death glare. So i brought over more live plants for him to see if he could maybe add some danios to the tank if the plants grow.....

 

I have no idea at the petstore but would obviously check before when i finally introduce them to the tank. If this was a problem it would be fine, i would buy some API pH down i guess.

 

Oh dear i don't want an evil fish  :rofl

I'm always cautious when giving others advise on stocking. That said I think you could do the 3 corys, 5 danios, and 5 cardinal tetras.

I'd leave off the gourami though.

 

That is what I'm leaning towards, 3 corys, 5 danios and 5 tetras and see how it goes. Yes i think it would be better without the gourami! 

Also i have a spare 5 gallon if i fancied a beta so that could always happen too :)

 

 

 

 

 

I'll keep you both updated on the process, i hope this will be successful!

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If you ditch the gourami idea it wouldnt hurt to bump up your school sizes by 2 or so fish each. ;) or make the danio group larger and leave the tetras at 6. Danios are nice active fish.

Go slow. Dont add all 3 kinds of fish at once. Moniter levels and do water changes as necessary.

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If you ditch the gourami idea it wouldnt hurt to bump up your school sizes by 2 or so fish each. ;) or make the danio group larger and leave the tetras at 6. Danios are nice active fish.

Go slow. Dont add all 3 kinds of fish at once. Moniter levels and do water changes as necessary.

 

Yeah i have ditched the gourami haha. Awesome sounds good :)

Yep i will go slow and am planning on trying to aquascape this one so will let that grow in a little first, so excited!

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