So Things Have Changed...

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by emmysjj, May 29, 2018.

  1. emmysjj

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    As usual.

    So the 55 gallon build I was planning? It might turn into two 29 gallons.

    This is in no way definite, but it is a 50/50 chance. My parents are concerned about the weight of the 55 gallon, so we might do 2 29s.

    If we do this, I’d have one for nano fish, and one for a betta soroity.

    Here’s my stocking plan for the 55 gallon nano tank, and I wasn’t hoping that y’all could help me downsize this:
    1 BN pleco
    1 Female betta/5 honey gourami (help me decide, or give other suggestions)
    15 chili rasboras
    15 CPDs
    15 Pygmy cories
    5-10 Endlers
    I’m flexible, but I want to keep Pygmy cories, and chili rasboras. What are some numbers more suitable for a 29 gallon?

    For the second, I want to do female bettas (how many?), a school (I love harlequin rasboras, but am open to others), and bottom feeders (I really like cories, and am open to loaches if cories won’t work. How many of each?

    Thanks so much!
  2. Fredward

    FredwardValued MemberMember

    Hello again! What exactly is the concern about the weight? While certainly heavy I've had my 55 gallon on the second floor of my house for years without any problems.
    If you do end up having to go with the two 29s though, you could do away with the CPDs, lower the chilis and pygmies down to 10 and have 5 endlers and still keep a betta (male or female) or honey gourami. Although honeys can be singly they are recommended in groups while I wouldn't suggest a male betta with male endlers and a female betta seems pointless if you're doing a sorority in another tank. Alternatively you could skip over the "centerpiece" fish and keep the CPDs and have a stock of:

    29 gallon #1:
    1 bristlenose
    10 CPDs
    10 Chili Rasboras
    5 endlers
    10 pygmy corydoras

    *A long-finned bristlenose, especially an albino one could make a pretty impressive "centerpiece" fish.

    As for the second tank, in a betta sorority it is recommended to keep at least 4-5 females to disperse aggression and be ready to remove any especially aggressive females when necessary. As for tankmates it's better that they are less colorful and unobtrusive. Harlequin rasboras are on the top of the list for betta tankmates and most cories should work fine. You could do something like:

    29 gallon #2:
    6 female bettas
    12 harlequin rasboras
    6 aeneas cories (these are Albino Cories, but I have seen them sold in non-albino variety which I'd recommend)

    If you decide on loaches though kuhli loaches are the best choice in my opinion. You could get 6 to 8 of them instead of the cories and they should get on fine with the bettas.
  3. OP

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks! What is a better choice for a centerpiece fish?
    Could I add a few more females?

  4. Fredward

    FredwardValued MemberMember

    Take out the CPDs and you could have a pair or small group of sparkling gourami.

    You possibly could add more females if you added less rasboras but I personally wouldn't recommend it. Betta sororities are a balance between having enough fish to disperse aggression and each fish having enough room to set up territories.

  5. OP

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Could I do 7? I heard that odd numbers are better.


    I mean besides the betta, honeys, and sparkling :)
  6. Fredward

    FredwardValued MemberMember

    7 sounds manageable.

    What about peacock gudgeons?
  7. david1978

    david1978Fishlore VIPMember

    to put weight into perspective think about it this way. A 55 gallon is going to weight 500-550 pounds which could be as few as 2 large people. Its what 5-7 in a 20 so in a 29 i would think 9-11 girls. IIf your doing a small school of fish and bottom dwellers i wouldn't go over 9 girls.
  8. OP

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    I actually kind of like the 2 29s idea, just because I can have different kinds of fish.
    Those are really pretty. Are they peaceful? How many?
  9. Fredward

    FredwardValued MemberMember

    You can have a pair or small group although due to space limitations I'd just do a pair. They're really peaceful.
  10. OP

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Would just one work or do they prefer company?
  11. Fredward

    FredwardValued MemberMember

    I think they prefer either a pair or group.
  12. OP

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Ok thanks!
  13. OP

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    My mom said no go for loaches, so would peppered or dainty cories work?

    Decided on 2 29s. My mom said 'Absolutely not' to the loaches.

    Would peppered or dainty cories work?

    Edit: There was a ghost post XD didn't mean to ask that twice.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2018
  14. bizaliz3

    bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    Out of curiosity....why? Was it based on a photo of them? or just their name? Does she know anything about them?
  15. Fredward

    FredwardValued MemberMember

    Some people don't like kuhli loaches because they look like worms/small snakes. Most corydoras will work fine, and peppered and dainty cories would both work well since neither are very brightly colored. Peppered cories will probably be able to stand up to the bettas better (I'm assuming this is for the betta sorority) but you could do more of the dainty cories and neither are likely to be targeted anyway. So I'd say it's up to your personal preference.
  16. OP

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    She hates snakes (why?!) :(

    @Fredward Thank you! Even though I like the dainties better, I'll do peppered because they are easier to find.

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