Another school for the 36gal?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by kellyiswicked, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. kellyiswickedValued MemberMember

    Hello everyone!

    I have a 36 gallon bowfront that is currently stocked with:

    1 dwarf gourami
    7 black ruby barbs

    and that's it! I would like to add another school to the tank to make it a little more stocked and active.

    I would be interested in hearing anyone's suggestions for fish to add to this stocking!

    p.s., this is the school that currently has a case of fin rot - I just want to make it clear that I am not getting any new fish until the condition is cleared up and the water is pristine again. But since I lost a few fish to bad outlets, I'm trying to keep my spirits up by focusing on possible new fish.


  2. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    welcome to the forum

    I would add some bottom dwellers - either corys or kuhli loaches. I think you could do them and a school of small tetras.

  3. pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    I agree, a nice group for the bottom and the some either black neons, cardinals or other torpedo shaped tetras should be good.

  4. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Or some blue eyed rainbows, like gertrudes, celebs or forktails.
  5. TropicalBettaFreakNew MemberMember

    Definitly get some bottom dwellers. Cory cats swim in schools and are very adorable! I highly recommend then, peppered cory cays are pretty cool, and they are small
  6. kellyiswickedValued MemberMember

    I'm going to look into a few of the species suggested that I haven't heard of before!

    I absolutely adore corys and have wanted them, but I understand that they require a sand substrate, and my tank is currently all gravel. How hard is it to change over and keep clean? Or would it be possible to keep half of it sand and half gravel?
  7. freak78Well Known MemberMember

    You can keep cory's with gravel. It's just harder on their barb's. I kept them with coarse gravel in my other tank now I have the fine gravel. The fine gravel is definitely easier on their barb's.
  8. TropicalBettaFreakNew MemberMember

    My 4 cory cats are on gravel, but mine tend to hover, swim all levels, and rest on the silk plants.
  9. kellyiswickedValued MemberMember

    I think my gravel would be too large for them, though perhaps I could add a small layer of smaller gravel on top of it and convert an area or two into sand. I'm definitely going to try and make it work since they're so adorable.

    Jaysee - I quickly looked up the rainbowfish you mentioned, and the Gertrude's and forktail are particularly beautiful. My only concern is I read somewhere that they are very peaceful fish - I think my barbs are too concerned with themselves to bother anyone else, and the DG mostly floats around the top eating air bubbles, but should I consider that this may not necessarily be a "peaceful" tank to start with?
  10. pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    I have a bunch of the Yellow fork tails in a tank and while most times they are very chill fish every now and again they can get VERY rambunctious. They also have the occasional spat over dominance in the tank.
  11. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I was under the impression that the black rubies were not very aggressive. As long as things are kept conspecific with the barbs, there shouldn't be any problems.
  12. kellyiswickedValued MemberMember

    Oh I'm not worried about the aggressiveness of the rainbowfish haha I can handle the occasional dispute.

    The black rubies are not very aggressive at all - I just always have had the preordained notion that barbs are more aggressive than, say, tetras, and I wouldn't want to find out they have tempers at the expense of some poor newcomers.

    So, I could possibly get a small school of corys (probably a dwarf species), and another school of rainbowfish?
  13. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I've found them to be pretty much the same. Tetras have their nippier species just like the barbs do. In any school there will be some degree of infighting, as hierarchies are established and challenged.
  14. kellyiswickedValued MemberMember

    Would rummy nosed tetras or diamond tetras be a reasonable choice? Rainbowfish seem to be difficult to get ahold of as well as being short lived (or so I have read).

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