Change To My Stocking - Guppies And Harlequin Rasboras

  1. Susiefoo

    Susiefoo Well Known Member Member

    I posted a long-winded message on my old thread and realised probably no-one would read it ;) Short version here!

    25 US gallon tank, planted, 32 inches L x 12 inches W x 16 inches H. Sharp gravel so not suitable for bottom dwellers. 4 male guppies in currently, all getting along great. Final stocking plan:

    5 male guppies
    10 harlequin rasboras

    How does this sound?

    Aqadvisor thinks this is only 67% stocked but looking at the tank now, with just the 4 guppies, I think it will look pretty full with grown fish... Am I wrong?

    Also, how many fish should I add at a time and how often?
     
  2. goplecos

    goplecos Well Known Member Member

    You could actually up the guppies to 8 since there will be less aggression in a larger group. You are pretty full in the middle to top levels so if you don't want to add any bottom feeders then you could stick with 8 Guppies and 10 Harlequin Rasboras. If you want some bottom feeders put a 1 cm layer of sand on top of the gravel and then you could add a school of Corydoras.
     
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    Susiefoo

    Susiefoo Well Known Member Member

    Thank you!

    Any thoughts on how to add the rasboras in particular? I don't want to overload things and crash the cycle but don't want schooling fish to be miserable in too small a group... what's the best balance?

    This is my gravel, I'm assuming it will be too sharp?

    Unipac Black Glass 2-3mm (25kg)
     


  4. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    I would add 3-5 harlequins at a time. They would rather be in a bigger group but it's only for 2 weeks or so so they will be fine.
     
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    Susiefoo

    Susiefoo Well Known Member Member

    Thank you!

    BottomDweller, I've just noticed that you're in England too. Can I be opportunistic and ask if you use a special device for water changes? Everyone talks about pythons but I'm not sure they are compatible with UK taps, or if there's an equivalent here.
     
  6. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    No I just siphon water out into buckets and refill the tank by carrying clean milk bottles through the house :)
     
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    Susiefoo

    Susiefoo Well Known Member Member

    Thanks. Will carry on with the old school bucket method then :)
     
  8. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    I don't know if pythons work with our taps but I would like to know. Sounds like it would be useful.