Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by joedusa.4, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. joedusa.4New MemberMember

    Hey everyone, new here. I have a 36 bow set up that's ready for fish. pH is slightly acidic, 6.6 the lowest. Recommend some cool stocking suggestions! I want to have a really cool and stunning tank.
  2. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    Before we offer up some cool suggestions, can we know a bit more about your tank?

    Do you know about the nitrogen cycle? Are you planning on doing a fish-in or fishless cycle?

    What do you mean, 6.6 is the lowest? Does your pH fluctuate?

    What kind of fish do you like?

  3. joedusa.4New MemberMember

    My tank has been fully established for a long time, kind of got in and out of it, being a teenager. Want to fully be back in it. Did a nice water change tonight and will be sticking to it weekly.

    I really like all kinds of fish to be honest... I work at a mom and pop pet store actually and my boss thinks I should make it a discus set up... wasn't too sure about it though and I felt it as being risky

  4. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    What do you mean it's established? If it's empty (no fish) and you're not adding ammonia, then the tank isn't cycled. Do you know about the nitrogen cycle?

    This tank isn't big enough for discus, unfortunately.

  5. FlutterFishWell Known MemberMember

    Agreeing with TexasDomer; when you leave your tank without added ammonia for a long time, the beneficial bacteria will starve and eventually die off, meaning that you should recycle it.

    Since you have acidic water, I would go with something like a school of cardinal tetras, and bottom dwellers like corys.
  6. joedusa.4New MemberMember

    There's a couple tetras in at the moment. I probably didn't describe well enough, sorry. The tank has been running for 11 years now, just not kept up with as it should've been and there hasn't been a decent amount of fish for a while. I am aware of the nitrogen cycle to answer your question.
  7. FlutterFishWell Known MemberMember

    Oh, in that case, what tetras do you have?
  8. joedusa.4New MemberMember

    Literally 3 serpaes and a white skirt
  9. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Do you like those fish and want more? Because if not, I would rehome them. Both need to be in groups of 6+ of their own species, and that would stock you for schooling fish. They shouldn't be left as is, as they're likely very stressed (no matter how long they've been in such a small group/singly). They can also bully any new fish you add.

    If you want to keep them, what about this?

    8-10x Serpae
    8-10x Skirt tetra (mix of black, white, or glo)
    10x Panda or false julii cories (just one species)
    2x Bolivian ram

    And if you want to rehome them, what about this?

    2x Apistos (M/F pair; many species to choose from)
    15-18x Ember tetra
    10x Flame or silver tip tetra
    10x Panda or false julii cories
  10. joedusa.4New MemberMember

    I'm leaning towards rehoming them... also don't think I can get apistos. Don't carry them in the store
  11. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Is there a reason why you want to rehome it?
  12. joedusa.4New MemberMember

    Just to try out different fish. Nothing against them of course.
  13. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Instead of Apistos, you could do a pair of Bolivian rams?
  14. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Maybe you can do this:

    10x rummynose tetras
    10x cardinal tetras
    8x sterbai cory
    1x honey gourami


    10x neon tetras
    10x silvertip tetras
    8x false julii cory
    1x bolivian ram
  15. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Except I would do 2 Bolivians instead of one - they're not very aggressive when breeding, and keeping two would allow you to see much more interesting behavior (and arguably, it's better for the fish!).
  16. joedusa.4New MemberMember

    I definitely like the idea of a pair of rams. That can definitely be worked out. Cories I can get as well. Tetras can be negotiable species wise but I think that'll work out well
  17. FishL:))Well Known MemberMember

    Welcome to FishLore, Joedusa.4 !!
    I'm sure you will find FishLore very helpful!! :)
  18. joedusa.4New MemberMember

    Thank you!

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