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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-10-2013, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Deciding if I want fish...

So I have an Evolve 8 (need to update as I have added more plants and a couple flat rocks) and I didn't plan on fish as I wanted this as low maintenance as possible. I will be putting Malowa shrimp in it that I am getting this weekend in a trade. Thinking about some red cherry shrimp from home also depending on how many Malowa I get.

Anyway my office/desk tank has been well received and coworkers keep asking when I will add fish It has been cycling a few weeks and I think the plants are still adjusting, some growth (new Finnex light arriving Thursday). I'm not keen on Betas...never was. I have Endlers at home and could bring some in but I'd like something different at work if I'm going with fish.

I guess I need some opinions on what might work. Flow is turned down to about 25% on the stock pump but still moves water quite a bit. The temp is set at 75 right now but due to heat shutdowns in the building on holidays and weekends (energy savings being taken to far IMO ) temps could fluctuate but I think the heater will hold. I am away from desk at least one full day every week and will not ask anyone else to do any feeding.

What could add in a small group that would be low maintenance, and have a small group of?

I am heading to a pretty awesome LFS this weekend (2hr trip) so if I had some ideas I would have a better chance at finding something more unique than my local petsmart selections.
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I might be partial, but I'm terribly fond of corydoras, and I would get a shoal of habrosus corys. I find Corys terribly entertaining

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I I would do a school of endler guppys like 4 or 5, make sure to get all males so you don't wind up with 4 or five THOUSAND, ha

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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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I have both Habrosus and Endlers in my home tank. I thought about maybe Pygmy cories but I'm not sure there is enough room as I think they are a lot more active than habrosus.
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any other suggestions? Maybe just stick with shrimp for now.
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what about a small school of cardinals?

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post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 04:29 AM
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chili rasboras, celestial pearls danios are both great nano fish that are hardy and are the size of endlers. Sometimes they can be hard to find though depending on what kind of LFSs you have nearby.
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If your light isn't too strong or you have floaters like dwarf water lettuce, you could do boraras briggitae.

I think cories are a terrible suggestion for the 8g tall.

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I LOVE watching my CPD's in my 40g at home, they "hunt" for newly hatched RCS (at least that's what I assume they are hunting). I'm tempted to grab a male and female to bring in, I would love to see them spawn in either tank. I'm not sure I could even catch them from my 40 LOL. The trip to the shop I was planning is up in the air now due to possible bad weather this weekend but still considering ideas.
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If your light isn't too strong or you have floaters like dwarf water lettuce, you could do boraras briggitae.

I think cories are a terrible suggestion for the 8g tall.

pygmy or hasboraus (sp?) would be great for and 8g. any of ther other corys grow to large for that to work.

you could really do any micro rasbora in that tank ( emerald or spotted or chili etc) neon tetras are a great option to, and they dirt cheap so if they die early (heaven forbid) its only a buck to replace. i would stay away from cardinals are they ime are very tempermental. the green tetras are supposed to smaller than the neons and cardinals.

another thought is to do a CPO with the fishes as well.

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I have a school of Neon Tetras in my Fluval Spec V, Its fun watching them chase each other around.
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celestial pearl danio

Here is some wiki info on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danio_margaritatus
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Wow, thanks for not reading the whole thread.

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celestial pearl danio

Here is some wiki info on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danio_margaritatus

What is CPO? I was looking at dwarf emerald danios online, nearly as cool looking as CPDs. So a few Pygmy cories might be ok? Neons isn't a bad suggestion I've considered that. An active species would definitely be a nice sight, I'm just concerned about the small space.
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its an 8gallon right? I have 6 neons in my 5gal and they have plenty of room to swim, plus they are ok with lower temps
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Take a look also at sparkling gouramis (Trichopsis pumila). A trio would work
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