Keeping a community tank: hard or easy?

  1. Daniel W Member Member

    Right now I don't have any community tanks but I'm thinking about getting one. It seems like keeping a community tank is pretty hard, so I'm going to ask some experienced fish keepers (I just started pretty recently) is keeping a community tank hard? What level of experience should you have? And what should you watch out for? Tips would also be gladly welcomed.
  2. Maxi1 Member Member

    I really enjoy my community tanks but they do require research about which fish can be kept together, and the fish need to all require similar temperature in the tank and water parameters. The number if fish is of course very important, overstocking causes problems. In general you might be looking for fish that swim in 3 parts of the tank, top middle area and then some that are using the bottom, like Cory cats or loaches. This forum will give you lots of help. I am fortunate to have a private local fish store that usually will advise me regarding species compatibility and will take fish back if they don't work out. But especially the box stores are not good about giving this advice. Good luck and enjoy!

  3. Platylover Fishlore VIP Member

    Well if your talking about peaceful fish, then it seems rather easy to me. You've just got it make sure you've got the right number of each, they are temp and ph compatible along with "personality" compatible. I'm not sure on xp, but I think depending on which species you get, it would be beginner. If watch out for aggression, any sickly behaviour, exc. Get a qt before adding any new fish, it'll save everybody a whole lot of stress. Welcome to the forum!
    Edit: I was ninja'd...:p
  4. Daniel W Member Member

    Thank you. I'm not worried about overstocking. I've got it all figured out. But what I am worried about is feeding. I'm not sure how I'm going to feed them all. I'm worried that some of my fish will prefer different things then other. Oh well, research will be done.

  5. Peacefantasy Well Known Member Member

    What stocking did you have in mind?
  6. Daniel W Member Member

    A pair of honey gouramis, 7 bloodfin tetras, and 6 panda cories. I think its a nice setup.
  7. superbutterfly12 Well Known Member Member

    Well that stpck would need a mix of foods but thats necesarily hard. I would go with a basic tropical flake, sinking shrimp pellets or catfish pellets, and the hikari micropellets which allow for top middle and bottom feeders all to get a chance to eat.

  8. Daniel W Member Member

    Thanks for the advice! You have no idea how helpful that was...

    But now I come to the problem of aggression. I've heard bloodfin tetras will nip at slow moving fish. Are honey gouramis slow moving fish?
  9. superbutterfly12 Well Known Member Member

    Not sure how fast they are. But if you have space to increase the tetra school to 8 to 10 that should help keep them occupied nipping each other if they are nippy.
  10. Daniel W Member Member

    Hmm... I'll try and do that. One or two more bloodfin tetras shouldn't hurt.

  11. s hawk Well Known Member Member

    Another resource is aqadvisor. It's a site that estimates your stocking and gives you numbers for pH and temp.
  12. Daniel W Member Member

    Hmm... Heard of it but haven't tried it. Is it accurate?
  13. superbutterfly12 Well Known Member Member

    Not terribly accurate. But it's a good check for reasonableness. I'd run your plan through the experts here. But it'll give you a clue as to how full your stocking is bioloads ph etc.
  14. Daniel W Member Member

    Well, I just put in all my fish and I got a pretty good result:

    Recommended temperature range: 71.6 - 82.4 F. [Display in Celsius]
    Recommended pH range: 6 - 7.5.
    Recommended hardness range: 5 - 15 dH.

    Recommended water change schedule: 31% per week.
    Your aquarium stocking level is 77%. [Generate Image]Help on Generate Image
  15. Five 97 Well Known Member Member

    What size tank are you thinking?
  16. superbutterfly12 Well Known Member Member

    Looks good! You can probably up the school sizes for the tetras and cories by a fish or two. Maybe add a second female honey if you decide it isn't full enough. Although other then bumping up the tetras i think i would just add 2 or 3 nerite snails to help keep algae down and call it good!
  17. Daniel W Member Member

    Welp, that's a lot of fish! I don't think I need the nerite snails with my 6 panda corys. I heard they ate a good amount of algae. Anyways, thanks for all the help! I want to keep the aquarium capacity under 90% for now, so I'll be experimenting with aqadvisor. It really is a great website! And I'm planning to get a 20 gallon long tank.
  18. BluMan1914 Well Known Member Member

    Welcome to fishlore. What size tank are you considering? That is very important in giving you advice on your stock.
    Anders247 to the rescue!
  19. littleredridingmech Member Member

    Corys don't eat algae, they are primarily carnivores and get little to no nutrition from algae. They need a sinking pellet/wafer so the higher water column fish can't steal their food.
  20. Daniel W Member Member

    A 20 gallon long.

    Really? I've seen several cases where people found their panda corys nibbling on algea. I think I'll get a nerite snail or two just to be safe. Not sure if my family will welcome them. Probably not.