Having trouble making stocking decisions
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 > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Fish


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-04-2012, 02:23 AM   #1
kruzerman
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 165
Default

Having trouble making stocking decisions


I have a moderately planted 37 gallon tank with the current stock list.

7 White Cloud Minnows
1 Long Fin Blue Danio
7 Rummy Nose Tetras
2 Bolivian Rams
1 Oto
1 Clown Pleco
12 (give or take) Ghost Shrimp
6 or so pond snails

Filtration is a Fluval 304 and a top fin 40 HOB. The Oto is lonely after losing its tankmate 2 days ago so I will pick up 5 of those but I am stuck on what else to get. The minnows stay at the top with the danio and the rummys look great when they are swimming mid-tank but they like to hide and the rams are always protecting their territories. The tank just looks a little blah. It needs a stronger mid level swimmer(s?). I have been thinking about adding a few more rummies to the school. I thought about an angel but don't think that will be a good fit. What other fish should i be considering? Lets hear your opinions.

Other Parameters:
Amm/Nit-0
Nitrates-10
ph- 6.8
GH- 4
kh- 5
I also run DIY CO2 and a sponge filter at night.

And the obligatory FTS.
kruzerman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-04-2012, 03:36 AM   #2
l8nite
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 685
Default

My fancy male guppies are all over my 29G tank, lots of fun to watch and very playful... Plus, they're cheap
l8nite is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-04-2012, 04:16 AM   #3
askindc
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 62
Default Espei rasbora?

Quote:
Originally Posted by kruzerman View Post
I have a moderately planted 37 gallon tank with the current stock list.

7 White Cloud Minnows
1 Long Fin Blue Danio
7 Rummy Nose Tetras
2 Bolivian Rams
1 Oto
1 Clown Pleco
12 (give or take) Ghost Shrimp
6 or so pond snails

Filtration is a Fluval 304 and a top fin 40 HOB. The Oto is lonely after losing its tankmate 2 days ago so I will pick up 5 of those but I am stuck on what else to get. The minnows stay at the top with the danio and the rummys look great when they are swimming mid-tank but they like to hide and the rams are always protecting their territories. The tank just looks a little blah. It needs a stronger mid level swimmer(s?). I have been thinking about adding a few more rummies to the school. I thought about an angel but don't think that will be a good fit. What other fish should i be considering? Lets hear your opinions.

Other Parameters:
Amm/Nit-0
Nitrates-10
ph- 6.8
GH- 4
kh- 5
I also run DIY CO2 and a sponge filter at night.

And the obligatory FTS.
I have found Espei rasboras to be very pretty/colorful, hardy, peaceful, strong mid-level swimmers... and I think that a small school (6-10) of them will be compatible with the other fish in your aquarium.
askindc is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-05-2012, 01:15 AM   #4
kruzerman
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 165
Default

Quote:
My fancy male guppies are all over my 29G tank, lots of fun to watch and very playful... Plus, they're cheap
I thought about guppies but I am not a big fan. I used to have Endler's but they are hard to come by locally for some reason.

Quote:
I have found Espei rasboras to be very pretty/colorful, hardy, peaceful, strong mid-level swimmers... and I think that a small school (6-10) of them will be compatible with the other fish in your aquarium.
That's an idea. I hadn't thought about another school of smaller fish besides CPD's. I will look into them. I had been looking for a larger display fish that's not an Angel.
kruzerman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-06-2012, 04:53 PM   #5
kruzerman
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 165
Default

Well Petsmart made my decision for me. They had Cardinals for only $1. I picked up 6 along with my otos. The cardinals will eventually be moved to my 20L when I have a chance to get that going so I will be going over my stocking solutions again before too long.
kruzerman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #6
ADJAquariums
Wannabe Guru
 
ADJAquariums's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Albany, New York
Posts: 1,432
Default

I wouldnt go plecos in a 30, Definatley do rams but do German Blue Rams, Petsmart carries those if you want to look there. Go Corys because they are proably the best and most active bottom dwelling fish out there, you should probably pick between the ottos or Ghost Shrimp, other than that your looking good. also i love the tank, i have the same one.
__________________

Then I saw it. I saw a mom who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.
-Joe (Looper 2012)
ADJAquariums is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-07-2012, 03:31 AM   #7
Diana
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Posts: 7,989
Default

I would add more fish to each of the schooling species. Half a dozen is nowhere near enough for a school.
Diana is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

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 04:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012