Still can't make up my mind...

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Toxic Dover, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Toxic DoverValued MemberMember

    Hey guys - It's been a couple months since my last stocking suggestion thread, and my 30 gallon is ALMOST finished cycling... I've been doing a lot of "tank shopping" since then, and while I still want a tank centered around Angels, I want a pair (or two) with some other community fish, and I think that's sort of pushing it for a tank this size. So I think the Angel idea will wait until I get either a 55 or 75 gallon tank... Anyway, I've recently been thinking of doing a tank with a couple different types of Gourami. I really like the look of Opaline Gouramis and other larger Gourami variants... I'm not entirely sure if you can mix types of Gourami or not, though. I've heard mixed things. Also, what kind of tank mates would be suitable? My second idea would be to create a cichlid tank... Although, again, not entirely sure which ones can mix with which, and what tankmates would be good. So, my ramblings aside, anybody have suggestions for both gourami and cichlid centered tanks? Thanks! (tank is 30"L x 18"T x 12"W)
  2. Landozer18

    Landozer18Well Known MemberMember

    Do Honey Gourami's! I have 2 in my 28 with some other fish and they have great personalities! great to watch
  3. fighter55Valued MemberMember

    I agree with Landozer. Honey Gouramis are more docile than other gouramis and are so fun to watch! They are definitely an amazing centerpiece.

  4. kidster9700

    kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    that's the same dimensions as my tank! i got it as a 29gal though, not a thirty. sorry this is off topic, i just think that's funny :p

  5. josh7Well Known MemberMember

    If you want larger gouramis you can do a single opaline, blue or gold gourami or the honey gourami pair as suggested above. OR you could have 8 neon, cardinal or lemon tetras for a schooling fish. Also you could have 8 panda corys or 6 of the larger cory species for a bottom dweller.

    If you want a cichlid tank I would do a firemouth and a convict cichlid with a bristlenose pleco or you could do a firemouth or convict pair with a bristlenose pleco. Or you could do a dwarf cichlid theme like 2 bolivian rams or 2 rainbow cichlids. Then you could have 8 tetras like the neons, cardinals or lemons. Then the corys for the bottom.
  6. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    I would do a single gourami and then maybe a school of catfish or bottom dwellers then a school of tetras or barbs and maybe a school of danios or hatchets? That way you have something occupying all levels of the tank and shouldn't run into aggression issues.

    Maybe something like this....
    -1 Gold Gourami
    -10 Panda Cory cats or maybe kuhli loaches
    -10 Zebra danios -- maybe 5 regular zebras and 5 albinos?
    -6 Cherry Barbs (3m3f)
  7. Landozer18

    Landozer18Well Known MemberMember

    haha I have upside downcatfish and a clown pleco in with my two honey gouramis and everyone seems happy.
  8. OP

    Toxic DoverValued MemberMember

    Well, I just did a water test and almost overnight, my nitrite levels have gone from neon-purple to nothing. I believe I'm cycled!! I'm gonna give it a few more days with ammonia just to make sure, but I think it's ready!

    Now onto the next question... How do cherry barbs do in freshly cycled tanks? I just finished cycling my daughter's 10 gallon and a couple days ago I added a small group of neon tetras, and I'm finding out that they don't acclimate very well to unestablished tanks...
  9. fighter55Valued MemberMember

    Cherry's a fairly hardy, so they should be OK. Just don't jump the gun and put in too many. Your bioload still hasn't acclimated.
  10. OP

    Toxic DoverValued MemberMember

    Okay, sounds good. How many should I start with? I'll probably have somewhere between 8 and 10 cherry barbs when my stocking is finished...
  11. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    Id start with around 5 and go from there, give it at least a few days to a week to get the biomass to catch up
  12. fighter55Valued MemberMember

  13. kidster9700

    kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    I have to add, from personal experience, cardinal tetras do much better. I have six in my tank and with minimal water changes(i'm busy and forgetful) none have died in the past year. I can't say the same for when I had neons in my old ten gallon.
  14. OP

    Toxic DoverValued MemberMember

    Okay... How does this stocking sound?

    1 Angel (Yes, I know, the Angel is back)
    1 or 2 Bolivian Rams
    6 - 8 Cherry Barbs
    6 - 8 Rummy-nose Tetras
    6 - 8 Cory Cats OR Upside-down Catfish

    I'm still hung up on the Angelfish... just 1, though... Not a pair. From everything I've read, Angels and Rams can live together with relatively little problem. Not sure that I have room for the Angel and a pair of Rams, though (thus the 1 or 2). Suggestions? Tweaks?

  15. bolivianbaby

    bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    My personal opinion is to choose either the cherry barbs or tetras to start with. Maybe add the other school in six months after the tank is very well established if your filtration can handle it.

    Hope this helps.
  16. fighter55Valued MemberMember


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