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Old 07-08-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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30g Stocking Options TIME TO DECIDE!


I'll be starting a 30g tank soon and I wanted some advice / ideas on stocking it

The 2 species I really want to have (if compatible) are:

Sparkling (pygmy) Gouramis (how many?)
Bumblebee gobies (again how many?)

I also think I want a couple guppies in there
possible pygmy cories

What about threadfin rainbows? I see them a lot at my LFS and they're gorgeous (how many of these?)

Options for schooling fish? I'm thinking Harlequin Rasboras but am open other suggestions

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:52 PM   #2
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From what I've read, bumblebee gobies are brackish water fish. Although I'm sure there are people who keep them successfully in purely freshwater, I don't think it's recommended. It's a shame though, because they're super neat little fish.
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how about a school of rummynose? they're are awesome and always school. harliquins are nice fishes too. i bought 20 in my 60g and they didnt school very well most of the time they just scatter everywhere. but you might have better luck. to me a true schooler are rummynose, they always school, even when they where in my 20g long.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:01 PM   #4
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I highly recommend Harlies. They are a great schooling fish.
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:31 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input so far!

There's a true freshwater schooling bumblebee gobie which would be the kind i'd like to get, I kept bumblebee gobies once before and they did quite well and seemed to like each other's company so I imagine that was the kind I had.

Rummy nose tetras are quite lovely too! I'd forgotten that I liked them! That's certainly another good option.

Would they do ok with the other fish I mentioned?

For that matter, does anyone see any problems with the other fish I mentioned being together (sparkling gouramis, bumblebee gobies, a couple guppies and threadfin rainbows)? And what numbers of each would be recommended?

I'm still open to other suggestions too!
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well i have no experience with the other fishes you named besides the guppies. rummynose are peaceful fish they are completely harmless. as long as there all peaceful non aggressive fish then you should be fine. as for fish amount try not to cram it. get the ones you want first and see for yourself do you think you have more room for other fishes? you be the judge. when i had my 20g long. i had 17 rummynose, 35 cardinals, and like 40 + mollies and guppies lol in a mild planted tank.
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Sparkling gouramis stay small (1 1/2" I believe) so you could confortably keep several. I'm not sure how easy they are to sex so maybe a small group of 3-4 would be best. From what I've read they like some surface vegetation so maybe some riccia or lotus or even just tall plants with long leaves? They're awesome little fish, I've only been able to find them in person once at a fish auction and they went for quite a bit of money.

I like your other ideas too. My only suggestion would be to add something for algae control if you are planning on keeping quite a bit of light on the tank. Also, you might consider a bottom dweller like some corydoras or small loaches like dwarf botias or kuhlis.
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:50 AM   #8
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lol that's a lot of fish in a very small tank! Did you have to run 20 filters or do twice daily water changes? lol.

I guess I meant though, not what should my final number of fish be, but what kinds of numbers these fish do best in. For example are sparkling gouramis fish that do best as a pair? or a school? Same question for threadfins? same question for bumblebee gobies?

But yes, i'd put these fish in first, and then decide how many / what kind of others to add I'll probably be putting in my 8-9 pygmy cories too....though I may add a small second filter to the 20g and put them in there.

Anyway...off to do research on my top pick fish But any input here would be great too!!!
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Seems to be a lot of debate about the bumblebee gobies...but it does sound like there is one species Brachygobias aggregatus that is truly freshwater. I would probably have to order them, but I may do it. We'll see.

Upon further research, I'm wondering if it's possible that it's a bad idea to do Sparkling gouramis and threadfin rainbows? If the tank is heavily planted i sort of doubt it...

The other thing that I'm thinking could be cool is a few schooling species of nano-fish (such as a selection of the rasbora species found at Frank's Aquarium) with still possibly a few sparkling gouramis...

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I'd do some nanos and sparkling gouramis, personally... I think Ember tetras and the gouramis would be lovely together.
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Yeah, I'm really starting to like this idea of a few schools of nano-fish and a few sparkling gouramis! :-D
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Well, now that I've got the 30g up and running (yay!) I need to decide who to put in there with my 6 pygmy cories.

Definites:
Pygmy cories (seeing as they're already in there )
Sparkling Gouramies (2-3 I think)

And then I'm thinking:

A school of ember tetras (~15?)
A school of Phoenix rasboras (boraras merah) also ~15?
OR
A school of Chili rasboras (boraras brigittae)

Unless the 2 rasbora species would school together then I'm thinking like 8 of each might look cool.

I'm open to suggestions on the nano-fish though if someone has another idea.

And I think i'll put in a few Otos for clean-up (but wait until i need them)

and I'm thinking i want to try bamboo shrimp in this tank, just one or 2

Will ~30 nano-fish, 2-3 Sparkling gouramies, 6 pygmy cories, ~3 Otos and 1-2 bamboo shrimp over-stock the tank though?

I'd love any and all suggestions! thanks!
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Any thoughts for me? Any of the things listed that wouldn't get along? Or does it sound ok?
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I think it sounds lovely and all those species sould get along great in your tank.
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Thanks! One question, do you think the boraras brigittae and merah would school together or should I just pick one to do a school of?

Thanks!
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