30 gallon set up

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by FishLover2393, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. FishLover2393New MemberMember

    Hello every one. I am new to the forum and I joined so I could get some help setting up my 30 gallon and possibly any help with future tanks.
    Ok son I am currently setting up my 30 gallon and have the filter light hood everything but gravel and chemical and fish. My question is what fish would be good for the tank. My girl friend looked up some fish and liked cherry barbs and lyrail tail black Molly's. (Hope inspect that right) I know both are community fish but are they good together and what other fish would be good with them. And if they are a no go what would you all recommend. I currently keep a 5 gallon with a very a and five ghost shrimp so I'm making a big jump and any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you.
  2. aliray

    alirayFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to the forum and glad you joined us. In my 30 gal I have one Koi Angelfish as a centerpiece fish, a school of cherry barbs, a school of harlequin rasboras, a school of 6 kuhli loaches, 2 female plecos, 1 Blue eyed L144 lemon BN pleco and 1 Blue eyed yellow ancistrus Bn Pleco. Also 5 nerite snails. You have lots of different options and I am sure others will be on to give you ideas. I combind a couple of tanks into one and moved some fish around which is why I ended up with my current stocking, but am very happy with it. Alison:;hi1
  3. OP

    FishLover2393New MemberMember

    My original plan for the 30 was to get a sengal bichirr. And stock only fish that would live well with him and a few he could hunt.

  4. tokiodreamy

    tokiodreamyWell Known MemberMember


    In my 29g my (future) stock is:
    1 angelfish
    3 male platies
    11 black phantom tetras
    1 bristlenose pleco
    1 mystery snail

  5. Mom2some

    Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    Having an aggressive fish tank is very different from a community tank. I don't know about whether a victor would fit in a 30 once it was full grown. Anders247, LeoDiaz might be able to help.
  6. OP

    FishLover2393New MemberMember

    I'm looking more for a colorful community tank now. I might do a more aggressive tank later. But this one will go in my living room for people to see.

    My ideal tank would be a tank with a lat of smaller colorful fish and one larger colorful fish as a center piece. Once again I'm really wanting to know how the Molly's and barbs would get alone and what would go good with them.
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  7. MuskieCatcherValued MemberMember

    The mollies and barbs will be fine, in terms personalities, but mollies usually like a bit of salt. Maybe look into platies instead, theyre really similar but dont need the salt in the water. Uhhh for tankmates my barbs are with platies, a swordtail, neons, black neons, a bristlenose, a dojo loach, cories, guppies, and gbrs. Thatd be a bit much for a 30, but the bristlenose would likely be a nice idea, and the rams would he fine too, and might make a nice centrepiece if you get a nice pair. The swordtail as well makes an awesome centrepiece fish!
  8. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    You can keep mollies without salt as long as your water is sufficiently hard (swordtails, platies, and guppies need hard water too).

    What about something like this:

    10x Cherry barbs
    1-3x Male lyretail mollies
    8-10x Kuhli loaches or Corydoras species (if you go with cories, all individuals of one species)
    8-10x Individuals of another small schooling fish species, like harlequin rasbora, neon tetras, or black widow, etc.
  9. MuskieCatcherValued MemberMember

    Above sounds awesome to me!
  10. OP

    FishLover2393New MemberMember

    So me and my gf talked and sense I know more about tanks thanks to my constant research. That she will defer to me in regards to stocking. Her only request is a purple fish. So any ideas guys. I can work better with one fish then I can with two.
  11. MuskieCatcherValued MemberMember

    Purple is a very difficult colour to find naturally in freshwater. The only thing i can think of is some type of glofish, but they arent legalized everywhere. I think a dwarf gourami or 2 would work for adding a lot of colour, if thats what youre after. Sorry i couldnt be more help
  12. OP

    FishLover2393New MemberMember

    That's okay. I'm thinking about looking for a Betts that color. I know I could keep him with some other fish but only certain species
  13. MuskieCatcherValued MemberMember

    Yea, plus a 30 gallon might make the betta seem really small. You still might be able to include a betta in a community, depending on its personality, but definitely add him last, and make sure all the other fish wont nip his fins at all
  14. OP

    FishLover2393New MemberMember

    Oh I plan to. Plus I plan on getting a half moon crown or a crown and they make themselves look bigger with their fins. I should know I have a red crown tail
  15. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I wouldn't do a betta in a community tank.

    What about purple harlequin rasbora?
  16. OP

    FishLover2393New MemberMember

    What about gouramis. My local pet store keeps five large gold with guppys and barbs.
  17. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I wouldn't put the larger gouramis in this tank, but you could do a few honey gouramis, a M/F pair of thicklip gouramis, or a M/F pair of dwarf gouramis (or just one male - never put two males together).
  18. OP

    FishLover2393New MemberMember

    Okay so I think I have a stocking list. Let me know what you all think.

    1 angel fish
    8 harlequin rasboras.
    8 neon or cardinal tetras.
    5 corys

    That's what I have so far. Let me know what you all think.
  19. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Do cardinal tetras, not neons, and increase your cories to 8.

    Otherwise sounds good!
  20. OP

    FishLover2393New MemberMember

    Thanks. Ill post an update when I get everything up and running.

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