15 Gallon fish selection...
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > General Planted Tank Discussion

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-23-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1

15 Gallon fish selection...

So I'm planning to get a 15 gallon tank and I've already have the plants and 'scape figured out but I'm having trouble with coming up with a varied selection of fish that has some good color but are also different looking, but most importantly compatible.

Plus, is the "inch of fish per gallon" flexible?

I'm thinking of putting:

a hand full of Lampeyed Panchex for the upper area

3 Threadfin Rainbows for the middle and

either a Kuhlii loach or 2 Zebra Pleco.

Does anyone know if this is doable or is there a better fish selection for this size of tank?
otocat is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 01-23-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
Algae Grower
Wilder's Avatar
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: VA
Posts: 133

Threadfins prefer being in a larger group -- five or more -- and they need tankmates that are sedate. Also, if there is any question on whether your other fish choice would nip fins, do not combine them. I speak from experience here after my threadfins were decimated within hours. A terribly sad and costly mistake on my part.

I think khuli loaches prefer company, too? I can't recall. Plecos make lots of poop. All over. You'll want to be prepare for that.

I've always read how a tank looks better with a larger group of one type of fish, rather than several smaller schools, and mostly I agree. That's a matter of personal preference overall though.

A lot of tanks I've seen seem to push the stocking guidelines, and goodness knows I've done it myself -- but I have very good filtration, heavy plant load, and do regular water changes. I also don't stock to the point the fish look crowded in the tank. So you can be "flexible," as long as you're careful about your upkeep and stocking -- ten goldfish in a 15 gallon tank would be a disgusting swamp before too long, but ten tetras, say, would be just fine.
Wilder is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2009, 05:43 PM   #3
Fresh Fish Freak
lauraleellbp's Avatar
PTrader: (70/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 24,403

Welcome to TPT!

I'd stick with just one species of schooling fish, and then a bottom dweller. A few khulis would be fine.

IMO that tank isn't big enough for plecos, though, and have you priced out Zebra Plecos?

The "inch per gallon" rule has a lot of flaws- but if you stick with only fish species that max out at 1-2" total adult length, it's a fairly useful guideline.
Tampa Bay Aquarium Society - Next meeting Monday, Oct 13, 2014 @ 7:15pm- See ya there!
TBAS Annual Fish Auction - November 1st!!

lauraleellbp is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

15gl, compatible, fish, selection

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Your Location. As precise as you feel comfortable with.
Security Question
While balancing on a piece of wood, two inches by four inches known as a 2x4, John and his friend Sally both spotted a dalmatian inside of a truck with sirens. The animal with John and Sally is a _ _ _?
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:06 AM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012