Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Missouri united states
I try to match fish with water parameter's (ie) soft water fish in soft water,hard water fish in hard water.(some fish adapt to differing values,some won't/don't)
I then look at acclimating them properly.(drip acclimation work's well)
I then consider diet, (fresh food's).
I don't buy fish the day they arrive at fish store,and prefer to wait three or four day's to let weak fishes die in dealer tank's not mine.
I don't buy fish from store tank's holding dead fish,or obviously sick fish ever.
I look at fishes closely for fin damage,fin rot,ICH,before I buy.
Weekly water changes without fail.
The neon's nowday's are not the hardy fish they used to be ten year's ago, or longer back than that ,and Dwarf gourami are increasingly prone to Iridovirus,Mycobacterium.
Of the Gourami...it is said that the Honey gourami, and Pearl gourami, are the hardiest,and my own expieriences suggest this is true.
My 80 gallon planted tank 's fishes all came from Chain store with exception of a couple Pleco's I ordered.