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Hello all I am new to the site and also relatively new to keeping fish.
I have a 120 Litre tank (I don't quite know gallons to Litre ratio) currently set up that's been running for about half a year.

I have:
6 Rosy barb's.

1 Albino rainbow shark.

2 Golden Gouramis.

4 Black Phantom Tetra's (which numbers are dropping due to something praying on them I suspect the barb's but I can't be 100%)

4 Bandit Cory's.

2 Plecos (which I am yet to identify there actual breed as I forgot the name after buying them from a stockist which no longer stocks that species anymore).

And 2 Assassin Snails.



I will update with some photos when I am not at work later but just thought I'd get myself introduced for now.

Thanks all for your time and I look forward to all your help and advice.
 

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That is a 30 gallon, I suspect the shark is your trouble maker, but then again, are all your cories doing well? I would think that they, as other bottom feeders would be at risk from an aggressive rainbow shark, so nevermind what I said.
 
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HI thanks my shark is a relatively new addition to the tank maybe 2 weeks ago and also is still juvenile only about 1 inch long but he could still be a suspect. I am not to clued up on fish compatability. My Cory's are all doing fine nobody seems to bother them they stay quite close together and look quite happy exploring the bottom of the tank together. My tank is quite heavily planted and with a lot of bog wood so a lot of places to hide or mark as individual territories

Also I have no Idea how I forgot but I also have 2 beautiful Golden Gouramis in the tank too! I have no Idea how I missed them of as there absolutely beautiful to look at!

A quick photo of my current set-up
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Nice looking tank!
your fish could get along fine. I have never had a raimbow shark, I have done research and I do plan to get one soon, so I have beed n I have read that they do best in a slightly larger tank, but the key is to make sure they have space, they are territorial, it looks like he would have places to call his own, and it is possible, that since he is growing up with other bottom feeders, he won't feel like they are invading his territory.
If you could get a couple more of the same cories, they would really appriciate a larger school, and you have the room,
And no I don't think the little shark killed the tetra. Somtimes fish just die. But fyi, the most aggressive fish in the tank are the gourami.
 
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Thanks for the useful information! I do feel the Cory's would appreciate a few more pals they seem to spend all there time together so I probably will invest in a few more. If the Tetra's do eventually all come to the same end I think I might buy some more Rosy barb's as I do really like them.. unless anybody has a better suggestion for another school I could introduce?.. The Gouramis look so peaceful but I guess I don't know what happens when I look away!
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Welcome to fishlore!

Keep an eye on the gouramis, they often become aggressive as they mature and often if you have 2 they will end up fighting.

The shark is another one to watch out for. They usually become badly behaved as they age and the cories will likely be the first victims since they spend much of their time at the bottom of the tank with the shark. As the shark gets larger it will end up needing a larger tank. 55 gallons (208litres) is the minimum tank size and the tank should be 120cm long.

The plecos could also be territorial with one another but are unlikely to bother any of the other fish. Depending on what kind of pleco they are they may need a larger tank too.

I'm sure your cories will appreciate having a few more friends.
 
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My I really have picked some difficult fish to get along! Haha shows what the "generic" pet store person knows as they tell me all is well when I say what my set-up of fish is... I definitely will be upsizing to a larger tank in the future so that shouldn't be a problem. Thanks I'll keep all this in mind
 

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Your stocking is not the worste, and it could work either for a long time or indefinitly, A larger tank would deffinitly be better , anything that is 48 inches long. which is the next size range. In the mean time be very carefull what you add. Even something like a molly fish, "top dwelling and surprisingly territorial" Can set off the gouramI and remind them that they should be acting as the top dogs .

you get a picture of the plecos?
 
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Thanks that's a little bit more reassuring then, I will invest in a larger tank probably at the end of this year. I don't think really I am going to add any more different species I am probably just going to add to my Rosy barb and Cory's. Unless someone has a sure fire species that will work well with what I have. I made a post to try identify what plecos I have and a few people have given a few different answers as to what they could be. Here's a photo though.
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Welcome to Fishlore from a fellow Brit
You’re right your corys would like a few more in the group but it looks like you have an odd one out there, you have 3 C.metae aka bandit cory & one C.melinI aka false bandit.
If your Lfs will let you, you could swap the melinI for another metae
 

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I'm not entirely sure what kind of pleco that it but it looks to me like one of the smaller varieties. 2 should have enough room in a 50 gallon tank or larger if they each have their own territories.
 
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Hello fellow Brit! I have actually only just realised that one is a false as I bought the 3 bandits together a while ago then a friend of mine bought a new tank with a few fish in it (Cory being one of them) and he donated it to me. After quatining him for a while he's only got into the big tank today so haven't actually had a good look at him until I took the photo and posted it... Then after looking back I realized. I'll have to go into my LFS and speak to someone see what they say. And yes bottomdweller I think most people thought it was one of the smaller ones. Hopefully they coexist fine for now till I get a larger tank
 

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It's good to here there are more Brits here, I've been on this site a while and have met very few fellow Brits.
 

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Croeso welcome to fishlore, I'm in Bedford now
Looks like you're already getting some good advise
 

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Yes it looks like some form of dwarf Pleco, of which there are many species, and they are very neet fish, many of which get pretty pricey depending. Is your driftwood real? or a replica? Many pleco require real drift in the diet.
 
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They weren't to badly priced I didn't think but I had nothing else in the shop to compare them to I guess. It's all real. Live plants and real driftwood so they should be happy :)

Bedford is not to far from myself I'm in the Derbyshire area. Any good fish stores near to yourself? Best one in a reasonable distance to me is Warf Aquatics
 

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I think you've two species of Cories Ben.

Oooops now noticed the post of Coradee my Cory-twin hahhaha.
 
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Hey thanks! Haha yeah I'm going to re donate the False Bandit back to my friend and buy myself maybe 2 or 3 more Bandits to add to the little school I have I think

Would this perticular Barb be classed as a "sailfin"?
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I think it's definitely a Rosy ... I think... Haha it's just this one has such large wavey fins compared to all the other ones I got
 

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Benfreshwater said:
I think it's definitely a Rosy ... I think... Haha it's just this one has such large wavey fins compared to all the other ones I got
You know what, you might be right. Barbs are not my forte. The only barbs that I kept in the past are cherry.
 
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Currently no fish are my Forte! The internet my tank and you guys is where I've learnt everything so far! I love the Barb's especially the one in the picture with all the long fins
 
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I assumed it wasn't 'Natural'. Still a beautiful sight to see though. Stands out well in the school of 6
 

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Benfreshwater said:
Hey thanks! Haha yeah I'm going to re donate the False Bandit back to my friend and buy myself maybe 2 or 3 more Bandits to add to the little school I have I think

Would this perticular Barb be classed as a "sailfin"?
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Nice looking fish id love to take your false bandit off your hands :L swap you for some tank water! It's expensive that stuff is!!
 
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And here is the person I call my friend who gifted me the False Bandit. .. haha hello Pike
 

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Benfreshwater said:
Hey thanks! Haha yeah I'm going to re donate the False Bandit back to my friend and buy myself maybe 2 or 3 more Bandits to add to the little school I have I think

Would this perticular Barb be classed as a "sailfin"?
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Mine were like yours these ones I've bred myself but are loosing the spot as they grow older and the one in the other photo as come out of the same batch gold type with nice spot
 

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Wow how nice!! Really like these barb's. Are they difficult to breed? I'm tempted to go get 4 more so I have a school of 10. Can't remember my current male to female ratio without looking though
 

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Benfreshwater said:
Wow how nice!! Really like these barb's. Are they difficult to breed? I'm tempted to go get 4 more so I have a school of 10. Can't remember my current male to female ratio without looking though
not at all I add them to do a fish cycle and add some jarve moss and away to go
 
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That's good to know then I have some Java moss that I put in a few days ago, I do have a hatchling tank to put in my tank if I ever do get any babies. Only problem is the males eating the eggs I suppose!
 

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Noroomforshoe said:
That is a 30 gallon, I suspect the shark is your trouble maker, but then again, are all your cories doing well? I would think that they, as other bottom feeders would be at risk from an aggressive rainbow shark, so nevermind what I said.
37.001 gallons to be on the nose
 

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Remember when doing calculations from advice on fishlore that a US Gallon is not the same as a UK Gallon. 1 US Gallon is 0.832 UK Gallon.
 
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Thank you. It will look better as the years go on I hope. My LFS has just had some really nice black and white striped Angel fish in that get a red face when they are mature. I think they would look great in my tank. There not available until the weekend unfortunately though!
 

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Thank you. It will look better as the years go on I hope. My LFS has just had some really nice black and white striped Angel fish in that get a red face when they are mature. I think they would look great in my tank. There not available until the weekend unfortunately though!
Cool! I'm probably going to beg the owner at my lfs for some Rio Manacapuru angels lol.
 
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That is possibly the ones he has in at mine atm! He always has something out of the ordinary! I have a feeling he called them "Rio's" like silvery white bodies with black stripes and slightly red faced but gets redder as they mature. They looked beautiful!!!
 
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Updated picture of my tanks progress. Black phantom Tetras are out now, been donated to a family member. The single False Bandit Cory is coming out soon and being given back to it's original owner. Finally I've added a manacapuru Angelfish. Which is absolutely beautiful!!! I feel I am close to being fully stocked now with what I have.. so not buying any more fish just going to wait until I get my larger tank and move all the fish into there before they grow to full size. Still want a large school of Barb's and a large school of Cory's when I have the bigger tank.
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