30 G Community Stocking

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I'm just looking for some ideas to add to our 30 gallon community! Here is what we have already:

2 Cory catfish (we had four but two died)
1 small Chinese algae eater (he’s super little right now, but we’ll move him depending on how big/aggressive he gets later)
9 cardinal tetras

I'm thinking maybe another school, or a couple gouramis
 

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I would bring your school of corys to 6
Edit: I would also rehome the CAE sooner than later from what i've heard they do get bigger and become bullies but every fish is different. I'de get a rubberlip pleco or Maybe a Bristlenose depending on which one is more temp. compatible to the temp. You keep your tank at.
 
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kallililly1973 said:
I would bring your school of corys to 6
I think I might leave them for now... the two of them seem to be doing well and we’ve had them for quite a while so the ones I would buy would be significantly smaller then them.
 

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If you want gouramis in a 30 gallon, I would suggest honey gourami. They're extremely peaceful and can live in harmony with other honey gouramis (males can live peacefully with each other).
 

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melanie34 said:
Oh, why not?
They can be aggressive to other tank mates. But the main reason why I never recommend anyone on dwarf gouramis (doesn't matter what color variants) is that they are prone to an incurable disease known as iridovirus.
 

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Honey GouramI are much better choices, so I agree. Sparkling GouramI are also a great choice.
Also, please don't leave the cory cats at just two. They feel more secure in groups. Also what type of Cory cats? The gouramI may not be temperature compatible depending on the type of cory cats.
 

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If you're really interested in the powder blue dwarf gouramI and you live anywhere near Seattle, Washington (long shot, but just in case) there's a store that regularly stocks female powder blues. They're much more community friendly than the males. You could maybe find them online as well. Still have to deal with the iridovirus, but to some people the fish are worth the risk.
 
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Otocinclus13 said:
If you're really interested in the powder blue dwarf gouramI and you live anywhere near Seattle, Washington (long shot, but just in case) there's a store that regularly stocks female powder blues. They're much more community friendly than the males. You could maybe find them online as well. Still have to deal with the iridovirus, but to some people the fish are worth the risk.
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They can be aggressive to other tank mates. But the main reason why I never recommend anyone on dwarf gouramis (doesn't matter what color variants) is that they are prone to an incurable disease known as iridovirus.
Oh okay I didn’t know that. I have had them before though and haven’t had a problem with aggression.
 
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wrs2 said:
Honey GouramI are much better choices, so I agree. Sparkling GouramI are also a great choice.
Also, please don't leave the cory cats at just two. They feel more secure in groups. Also what type of Cory cats? The gouramI may not be temperature compatible depending on the type of cory cats.
They are albinos. My only thing is I’m not sure how it would go to add smaller ones of the same species, if the two I have would sort of keep to each other since they have been together for so long and not be a part of a school with the others, but I guess that’s just me I don’t know.
 
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Otocinclus13 said:
If you're really interested in the powder blue dwarf gouramI and you live anywhere near Seattle, Washington (long shot, but just in case) there's a store that regularly stocks female powder blues. They're much more community friendly than the males. You could maybe find them online as well. Still have to deal with the iridovirus, but to some people the fish are worth the risk.
I live in Canada haha! But yes I was planning on trying to find some females for that reason.
 

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melanie34 said:
They are albinos. My only thing is I’m not sure how it would go to add smaller ones of the same species, if the two I have would sort of keep to each other since they have been together for so long and not be a part of a school with the others, but I guess that’s just me I don’t know.
That honestly has nothing to do with anything. They will still school with other corys of the same type, regardless of size.
 
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wrs2 said:
That honestly has nothing to do with anything. They will still school with other corys of the same type, regardless of size.
Ok good to know
 
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So where I am now is I might go get a few more albino Cory’s, and I don’t know if I want honey gouramis but I’ll stay away from the dwarf ones just in case. I’m still thinking about another school though. Any ideas?
 

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Otocinclus13 said:
If you're really interested in the powder blue dwarf gouramI and you live anywhere near Seattle, Washington (long shot, but just in case) there's a store that regularly stocks female powder blues. They're much more community friendly than the males. You could maybe find them online as well. Still have to deal with the iridovirus, but to some people the fish are worth the risk.
Isn't that store Aquarium Co-Op?
 

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