How To Stock - 29 Gallon Help

  1. ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member

    So I'm cycling my 29 Gallon tank and there's so many options for what to put in it. So far I'm liking Cardinal Tetras, Black Skirt Tetras, Lemon Tetras, Bronze Cories, German Blue Rams, and I need a good center piece fish. I tossed around the idea of a Dwarf Gourami, an Angelfish or a Betta but I'm just not sure. I've had Bettas before in a 5 gallon but I don't know if I want another. Any suggestions for how to stock a 29 gallon? Feel free to add any other options you think I should consider. I know I can't have all those different Tetras, but those are some that I'm liking right now.
     
  2. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Well, I personally wouldn't do an angel because that eliminates most other choices because of the lack of space.
    How about something like this?

    Warm-Water - keep the temperature at 78F
    12 Cardinal Tetras
    8 Bronze Cory
    2 German Blue Ram
    2 Clown Pleco

    Cool-Water - keep the water at 72F - 74F
    12 Black Skirt Tetras
    10 Panda Cory
    1 Dwarf Gourami
    1 Bristlenose Pleco
     
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    ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member

    I don't want Plecos, I'm just not a fan of them for some reason. I thought the DG liked warm water? Is it possible to do a DG or a Betta with the warm water option?
     


  4. RainBetta

    RainBetta Well Known Member Member

    I don't see anything with an angel as long as your tank is tall!! I'd do this:
    x1 angelfish
    x3 guppies
    x10 black skirt tetras/silvertip/bloodfin/lemon/ Priscilla
    x6 cories (maybe????)
    x3 nerite snails

    GBR are extremely sensitive and may die quickly...
     
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    ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member


    My tank is 30x12x18. So longer than it is tall
     
  6. Fanatic

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    I didn't say you couldn't do an angel, I just said I would prefer not to.
    Black Skirts won't be compatible with an angelfish. They need colder water than the angel.

    I listed good stockings for you :) Feel free to choose anything you'd like, it doesn't matter what you choose!
     


  7. RainBetta

    RainBetta Well Known Member Member

    Oh! I didn't know about the black skirts!
     
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    ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member

    I think I'm going to steer away from the angel and get a bigger tank in the future to consider one. Do you have suggestions about a betta?

    I didn't either! I'm making a list right now to compare temperatures and hardness of the ones I'm interested in.
     
  9. RainBetta

    RainBetta Well Known Member Member

    Yeah! I kept my betta no problem with bloodfin tetras and Silvertip tetras! Harlequin rasboras, celestial pearl danios, and Cardinals are also potential options
     
  10. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    I wouldn't put a betta in the mix with those fish, they might nip him or the other way around.
    Bettas limit stocking because of their behavior. You may be able to do a betta with cories and snails though, that's not a problem.

    I highly do not recommend this to the OP. That is not a good mixture, as some of those fish aren't even temperature compatible with bettas.
    Don't mix schooling fish with bettas as the betta can become overwhelmed by the large amount of fish surrounding him and possibly become aggressive with them.

    It's not recommended to do fish that are larger than bettas because they will become aggressive, or fish that are significantly smaller.
     
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    ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member

    What about Black Phantom or Lemon Tetras, Sterba's Cories, a few guppies and a Dwarf Gourami?
     
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    Sounds good!
    Why not try this?

    12 Black Phantom
    8 Sterbai Cory
    4 Guppies
    1 Dwarf Gourami or Honey Gourami
    1 Bristlenose
     
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    ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member

    That's kind of what I had in mind. However I will probably do Malaysian Trumpet Snails instead of the bristlenose because I have a sandy substrate. What order would you stock that?
     
  14. RainBetta

    RainBetta Well Known Member Member

    Sorry... I understand all this but I had assumed we were talking about female bettas. Female bettas and celestial pearl danios have worked perfectly for me. Betta was happy, healthy and the tetras swam away from her (different level of the tank, never dared to go near her). BTW I meant only one school, not all the fish I suggested. I know that with multiple schools the betta will be stressed. I have had lots of success with this stocking in a 35G:

    x1 female betta (top swimmer)
    x10 celestial pearl danios (middle swimmer)
    x6 albino cories (bottom swimmer)

    The betta lived for quite awhile, fins were healthy, and she was very lively and active - no signs of stress or disease
     
  15. Fanatic

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    Yes, that will work.
    I also want to mention that bettas are not top dwelling fish, they live all along the tank from the bottom to the top.
    Just because they breathe air doesn't make them a top dweller.
     
  16. RainBetta

    RainBetta Well Known Member Member

    Mine always swam at the top of the water... no clue why
     
  17. TLOP

    TLOP Valued Member Member

    I had phantom tetras last year, and they were pretty aggressive. I genuinely confused, as I thought they were a peaceful tetra
     
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    ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member

    In what order would you stock these? I was thinking, guppies, 6 tetras, 6 more tetras, cory, then Gourami. Would that be an okay order?
     
  19. Fanatic

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    You can stock them in any order really. I personally would do the gourami last. I would stock the tetras along with the cory, they won't have aggression issues :)
     
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    ValerieAdams

    ValerieAdams Well Known Member Member

    You don't think it would set off a mini cycle? I am using a lot of ammonia to cycle so maybe it wouldn't?