15 gallon community tank what should i put in it 15 Gallon Tank 

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15 gallon community tank what should I put in it just planning at this point
 

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Welcome to FishLore!!!!

That's a hard one to answer...what kind of fish do you like??
At 15 gallons I would recommend smaller fish, and research for their adult size.
 

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I'm also starting a 15 gallon community tank. Right now I'm looking at the following fish:

6 tetras OR platys OR mollies OR danios OR guppies
2-3 platys (if choosing another fish above)
3 corys
maybe an ADF

I'd research fish profiles on here and see which sound appealing to you. Remember that some fish like to be in larger groups, so you can't really get 10 different fish and throw them all in a tank together. From what I've read you are better off choosing 2-4 types of fish/animals and getting more than one of each.

My tank will be planted, too, so that's something to consider. Some fish like lots of hiding places, some eat plants, so you have to think about the environment you want to provide for your fish.
 
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A school of 6-7 of one of the following groups:

Tetras (Glowlight, Cardinals [Neons are too sensitive IMO], Black Skirt)
Rasboars (Chilli, Harlequin are nice, but others as well)
Celestial Pearl Danios
Pygmy [aka Sparkling] Gourami
Molly
Guppy
Platy

Be careful mixing Tetras with guppies, the tetras can be fin nippers.

Maybe some Nerite Snails.

You could also consider a feature fish such as a dwarf gouramI (although prone to DG disease), or maybe a honey gouramI (not 100% sure on this one)
 

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Welcome to Fish Lore!

Your profile says that you don't know about the nitrogen cycle. It's crucial to having healthy fish to know about it and properly cycle it. "Nitrogen cycle" should be underlined in this post, so just click on it to get started.

I'd start by moving your white clouds into the 15 gallon. A 1.5 gallon is too small for fish unfortunately. They make great shrimp tanks, though.

I'd add a few more white clouds, a pretty snail and some dwarf shrimp and call it a day.

-Lisa
 
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at first I wanted a predator tank, but decided there wherent that many for small tanks. so I am probably going to do a community tank

one thing I have thought of is 4 female betas and some blood fin tetras
 
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I don't know what else I could put in there
 
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hmmm, 4 bettas, 1 tank.... hate to say it, but sounds like a time bomb to me. What you're talking about is a betta sorority tank.

A sorority is very stressful from all reports....

Check out some of these threads:




There are many more posts on fishlore about the varying levels of 'success' with a sorority. JMO - but bettas should be kept in separate 5 gallon tanks, males would be ok in a divided tank, females generally shouldn't be kept within sight of each other.
 
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what about a school of blood fin tetra, another schooling fish, and a sparkling Gourami
 
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I think you'll be ok with a school of blood fins. Note: they can be minor fin nippers (according to their profile: https://www.fishlore.com/profile-bloodfintetra.htm)

By sparkling gourami, I assume you're referring to the larger of the two, aka Croaking GouramI (Trichopsis vittatus) as opposed to the tiny, Pygmy GouramI (Trichopsis pumila)?

I think it should be ok with tetras. Like all gourami, males can be aggressive at spawning, but if you're only keeping one, then that won't be a problem. They are certainly a very striking fish.

As for others, maybe a small school of harlequin or chillI rasboras?
 
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I have never seen rosboras at any pet stores near me

maybe the white clouds I already have and get more of them
 
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IMO - schools are always better with small fish. Something very catching about a school swimming in harmony

Oh, and BTW - I would wait until the tank is well established (3mths or more) before adding either variant of sparkling gourami. They can be very sensitive to parameters.

The smaller (pygmy) should be kept in schools with lots of hiding areas/plants etc. They are very shy. (I have them in my tank)
 
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any thing else you can think of as a individual fish
 
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insted of the garomis
 
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Maybe a dwarf cichlid.

Some of the apistogrammas are beautiful. Borellii, panda

Maybe kribensis (might get a little too big for a 15), german blue ram, bolivian ram.

You could get away with 1 dwarf cichlid. It would also give life to the lower areas of your tank as most are bottom-mid dwellers.

Checkout the profiles on the fishlore homepage (there's a list down the right hand side), see what tickles your fancy, and go from there.
 
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would a convict be ok or to aggressive
 

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I would follow Kunsthure's advice. Move the white clouds out of the 1.5 (after the tank is fully cycled -- definitely read up on that article) and then, after the old white clouds have adjusted to their new home, consider filling out the school buy getting a few more.

Try not to add too many fish at a time. You might also want to search the forums for articles/threads on how to acclimate fish, before you make any purchases.

*Actually, since "acclimate" comes up with a link, you can just click that word.
 

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I think 6-8 guppies would be great with some corydoras. Guppies come in a variety of colors and can be quite stunning swimming around together. Just a thought for ya!!
 
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guppies are kind of the standered but maybe other types of livebearers
 
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