29g stocking quandary

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Just putting to paper my latest ideas about the stocking plan on this 29g that is about eight hojillion miles from actually being done.

I am having such problems trying to settle on a nice small schooling fish that round out the tank. So far, I am pretty sold on the following:

- 3 GBRs (1 male, 2 females)
- 1 dwarf gourami
- 6 cory cats (C. sterbai)

Tonight, I've been considering zebra or leopard danios. But I'm hedging on them because I need to do more research about their compatibility with the 80 degree water generally and GBRs specifically. I have read that they like 78 degree temps for spawning, so I don't imagine that they'll up and die at 80 though.

Other schooling fish I've looked at:

- Rasboras (just not that into their look)
- Lemon Tetras (probably too big but also just not that interested)
- Celestial Pearl Danios (love them but want to see them in person; if they're as pretty as the pictures, the only downside is the expense, as far as I can tell)
- Neon Tetras, Cardinal Tetras (just a bit on the boring side is all)

Now to read about Rummy Nose Tetras before bed...
 

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Just putting to paper my latest ideas about the stocking plan on this 29g that is about eight hojillion miles from actually being done.

I am having such problems trying to settle on a nice small schooling fish that round out the tank. So far, I am pretty sold on the following:

- 3 GBRs (1 male, 2 females)
a pair may be better, as the odd girl out will probably be bullied.
- 1 dwarf gourami
IMO skip the DG and choose a pretty schooling fish. Again, that is JMO.
- 6 cory cats (C. sterbai)
Wonderful choice IMO. They do better than other cories in the warmer temps that GBRs like (80-83 is good for GBRs IMO).

Tonight, I've been considering zebra or leopard danios. But I'm hedging on them because I need to do more research about their compatibility with the 80 degree water generally and GBRs specifically. I have read that they like 78 degree temps for spawning, so I don't imagine that they'll up and die at 80 though.
They would almost certainly be fine, but would probably prefer cooler temps as you said.

Other schooling fish I've looked at:

- Rasboras (just not that into their look)
- Lemon Tetras (probably too big but also just not that interested)
Not too big IME. They are pretty mellow and add a nice splash of color to the tank. They color up a TON when you bring them home from the petstore.
- Celestial Pearl Danios (love them but want to see them in person; if they're as pretty as the pictures, the only downside is the expense, as far as I can tell)
Yes, they are a little pricey, but would make good tank mates for GBRs.
- Neon Tetras, Cardinal Tetras (just a bit on the boring side is all)
Cardinals are prettier IMO and do well in warmer temps. So do rummynose.

Now to read about Rummy Nose Tetras before bed...
They're fabulous. 'Nuff said. ;D
Comments in green. As always, this is JMO... best of luck with your new tank!!!
 

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White clouds are beautiful fish, but prefer cooler temps that what your GBRs would like. What a shame, right!
 
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Comments in green. As always, this is JMO... best of luck with your new tank!!!
Oh thank you for the comments! I was mostly posting to talk to myself, not sure if anyone was going to respond.

I was kind of hedging on 2 or 3 GBRs, as I'd read that the female half of a pair might attract too much attention from the male if the male has no third party to chase after. So the odd girl was meant to reduce bullying of the paired girl...but I don't know. I don't want bullying in general, but I see what you mean. I think that if I just got a pair and waited until the girl got harassed, it might be too late to try to introduce a second girl into the dynamic? I don't really know. The good news is that the GBRs are going in last though, to allow the tank to establish a bit...

Still considering among the many different schooling fish...I found lots of video of the rummynoses and think they are a truer "schooling" fish than the others, so I may get them. But I've also found others that are so pretty!

And I may well put off the dwarf gourami unless I see one in a store that I just fall in love with. >.> We'll see!
 
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Oops, my FL etiquette is.... I just hit "new posts" and reply wherever... didn't mean to intrude on your blog!
 
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Haha, it's not an intrusion at all. I just wasn't *expecting* a response. No worries, I appreciate the feedback actually.
 
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