KuhlI loaches have fantastic temperant as far as I have seen. I have had amano shrimp and have never seen them bother them. I was originally thinking 2 sparkling (pygmy) gouramis. I am 100 percent open to other tank mates for these kuhlis.How many gouramis are you planning on getting? Because in a tank that size, they will probably attack each other because gouramis are territorial and a little aggressive towards each other. I would stick to only getting one. I haven’t noticed any problems between my gourami and my platys. I think as long as your loaches aren’t aggressive you should be alright, but I don’t know that much about loaches.
Platys are quite pretty. Out of curiosity, how do they differ from mollys?I’m very fond of platys, because they come in a ton of gorgeous colors and are super fun to watch! Mollys and sword tails are also fun! Just be careful that you get all of one gender, because platys and Molly’s are live bearers that are basically always pregnant lol
I might try for 3 females and 1 male then? I don't want the males to fight over territory and I worry about the male to female ratio.
Good Luck and have fun!!!!Thank you all for your help and ideas!! I appreciate it a lot. I'm going to post in a plant specific area so I can find out what is best for these critters.
May take the KuhlI loaches back in that case. I was told they would be fine in a 10 gallon.Pygmy gouramis are perfectly fine on that tank size, though the kuhlies need a 20 long and a large group. Some good bottom dwellers for a 10:
Asian stone catfish
Do I remember correctly that some livebearers - guppies notably - can pass from being males to females? Does it happen with other livebearer species as well?I’m very fond of platys, because they come in a ton of gorgeous colors and are super fun to watch! Mollys and sword tails are also fun! Just be careful that you get all of one gender, because platys and Molly’s are live bearers that are basically always pregnant lol
Guppies can change from female to male but not the other way around. Many saltwater fish can do it, including Clowns. Swordtail females can appear to be changing to male but they never do completely and are not able to breed as a male. I think it's only the guppies that can truly change gender and maybe some other less common aquarium fish like Endlers or mosquitofish. As far as I know Swordtails, Platies and Mollies can't do it.Do I remember correctly that some livebearers - guppies notably - can pass from being males to females? Does it happen with other livebearer species as well?
Before ordering any type of fish I read the related article in Seriously Fish, which provides valuable information on water type, tank size and many other things one likes to know: .Also, this is my first ever post! Tips appreciated.
Absolutely! They are all at the back right now. When they come out of hiding I'll take a few pics! I'm so happy because I think I got 1 male and 2 females like I wanted.Congratulations on the arrival of your new friends!
Can you upload a picture?
I'm getting my plants between august 27 and September first . Cryptocoryne becketii, amazon frogbit, vallisneria americana, and I already have some giant duckweed in there. I think black paper is a great idea! I'll have to do that. It seems like the males are super colorful because one of my trio is so much bright than the other two. I'm excited for the croaking!Wow! They do LOOK GOOD!!
They're pretty big, too..., especially the ones in the 1st and the 3rd picture. To me it seems they're young adults.
One should be able to see the females' triangular ovaries under the swim bladder when (more or less strong) light shines through their tiny bodies.
I've never seen anything, but most likely the 2 I have are both males.
Fellow aquarists in Switzerland and Germany have "yelled" at me that these pygmy croakers want at least part of the tank to have plants that grow from the bottom all the way to the water surface, so that they can take air without being seen.
My sparklers do not like strong water movement either. In their natural environment the water seems to move very slowly, or not at all. But it is crowded with plants. It may be a good idea to plant your tank more densely, at least here and there.
Today is exactly 1 month from the day I heard the first "croaking". I had waited for more than a month and was beginning to doubt I'd ever hear the sound for which I bought them. I started to keep the score at the beginning of this month: they have croaked 30 times so far in August - true music to an aquarist's ear .
The black substrate enhances their colors; I have covered the glass in the back of my tank with a black sheet of "paper".
Oh ya! I'll post when it happens. I'm going to go with some root tabs, bit I also have liquid fertilizer for the water column. No CO2 and low lighting also.Good to hear about the plants.
These need good lighting and fertilizers - fortunately at your side of the Atlantic you can choose from so many excellent products.
I myself have always struggled to upkeep a dense vegetation. Only the Java fern I bought when I started 2 years ago has never let me down, and offers the "stairway" to the water surface that the pygmy croakers demand.
A very knowledgeable lady on this forum - Jocelyn Adelman from NJ - recommended with regard to plants: "Overall you want to look for ferts with as well as micros".
The black "paper" is actually a thin sheet of rubber/velvet-like synthetic material, bought cheap in a Chinese shop. It does not deteriorate/disintegrate when it comes into contact with water. (I have taped it to the external surface of the tank, NOT in the water.)
Do give a signal when your fish start croaking...
Guys, I need help. Are these all bubble nests?! I only have 1 male and 2 females. Idk if it's just unpoppwd bubbles on the surface or if they are bubble nests. Is this something the filter caused? How can I tell the difference?
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Okay thanks. I didn't think they commonly built them at the surface on open water. Makes sense. I'm getting some frog bit in a week. I'll have amazon frog bit and duckweed together and maybe they will breed. Thanks again!
Mine spawn constantly! The fry never make it though, once they are free swimming the parents eat them. If you want to raise fry, I'd pull the parents or have an absolute jungle of a tank with a lot of hiding spaces.
Going for the jungle look hahaMine spawn constantly! The fry never make it though, once they are free swimming the parents eat them. If you want to raise fry, I'd pull the parents or have an absolute jungle of a tank with a lot of hiding spaces.