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Old 08-17-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Adding Dwarf Chain Loaches


Hello,

I have a 55g planted tank that is currently stocked with the following:

15 Harlequin Rasboras (max 2 inches)
10 Pepper Cories (max 2.5 inches)
4 Yellow Tail Spiny Eels (max 8 inches)
12 Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish (max 2.5 inches)

I've had this tank running for 3 months with no issues. I was hoping some more experienced fish keepers might tell me if I can safely add 8-10 Dwarf Chain Loaches, or am I pretty much maxed out in terms of space/bio-load?

Any thoughts?

Thanks for your time!
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:45 PM   #2
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Might be a bit crowded along the bottom with the corys and eels already. These guys need lots of space since they're so active, just my opinion though as I tend to be a more conservative stocker...I'd highly recommend them if you do decide you have the room. Great little fish!
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:32 PM   #3
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Ah, I had thought as much. I recall reading somewhere that Dwarf Chain loaches tend to swim at the mid level as well as the bottom, is that true?

If I relocated the eels to a different tank, would there be enough room between 10 cories and 10 chain loaches in a 55g?
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They do kind of go all over the bottom half. But in my experience it's mostly closer to the substrate.

I think that could possibly work.
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I think that with 40+ fish in a 55g you are already pushing it. Just my $0.02.

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Old 08-18-2013, 02:23 AM   #6
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So essentially I'm fully stocked as is? I mean, I don't want to just keep packing in fish until the tank bursts, but is there anything I might be able to add? A small school, a dwarf gourami, anything?
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I would personally keep the eels over the loaches as they are rarer and choose some centerpiece fish like Opaline/Pearl Gouramis
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I would personally keep the eels over the loaches as they are rarer and choose some centerpiece fish like Opaline/Pearl Gouramis
You have room for more fish, but its important to pick the right species. I think you would be better of choosing a centerpiece fish/pair like the pearl gouramis as mentioned above
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female bettas are great centerpiece fish, in my experience. lots to choose from.
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Hm...well, are there any advantages as far as a betta vs a dwarf gourami pair? I know betta fish don't like high-flow tanks, and mine has a fair amount, but nothing excessive. On the other hand, I've read gouramis tend to be aggressive toward other colorful fish; will that be a problem for my Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish?
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Are you able to secure a DG female? Not sure about recently but they haven't been all that common in the trade since they are not as colorful.

I believe at one point I had a dwarf gourami and then female bettas overlap with praecox (hard to remember at this point) and they did fine.
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Yes, I would be able to get a male as well as a female gourami; is one female enough in terms of handling the male's aggression?
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Yes, I would be able to get a male as well as a female gourami; is one female enough in terms of handling the male's aggression?
No, you would need at least 2-3 preferrably. I have 2 female bettas in my 20H and it has a ton of flow to keep all the crap that the goldfish produce suspended in the water and into the filter. I think I have about 250 gph on that thing, and they are as happy as can be. I think the key is to get females (males with long fins would obviously struggle)
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