My new tank is approaching the end of the fishless cycle, so I get to seriously consider my stocking plan!
I haven't kept fish for about 15 years, so consider me a newbie. Here are some key considerations:
My TEEN is actually interested
, so I want to incorporate his input. He requested swordtails and kuhli loaches.
I want a community tank with some color.
I have never kept Gouramis and this fish will be the "showcase" fish for this tank.
Here are my initial stocking thoughts:
5 x Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya)
5 x Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)
3 x Blue Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus)
10 x Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)
4 x Panda Cory (Corydoras panda)
1 x Swordtail [Male] (Xiphophorus hellerii)
3 x Swordtail [Female] (Xiphophorus hellerii)
6 x Leopard Danio (Danio rerio)
First, any overall concerns with this mix?
Once my tank is cycled, I'd like to introduce the sword tails and either cory cats or cherry barbs--leaning towards the barbs. Is 6-7 fish too many for the initial fish introduction to the tank?
Note: I will not add kuhli loaches until the dwarf hairgrass fills in and the plants grow a bit to provide more cover.
Substrate is eco-complete and gravel mix. I have some hiding places, but the plants are not filled in yet.
My thread in the tank journal has all my plant information. Click here if you are interested in more details: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...-atlantis.html