Stocking for 29 gallon riaprium (only 10 gallons of water)

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Erica0107, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Erica0107

    Erica0107 Valued Member Member

    Hi. I'm going to be setting up my old 29 gallon tank again, but I'll be setting it up as a riparium. Based on where I plan to have the water level, there should be about 10 gallons of water. I would like to stock it with threadfin rainbows and possibly a very small bottom dweller such as yunnanilus cruciatus or maybe just shrimp. But I'm not sure how to stock since there will be a 30X12 footprint, but only 10 gallons of water. How would you stock this tank?
     
  2. RandomZoid

    RandomZoid Valued Member Member

    Some Pygmy Cories and some sort of small Shrimp would be awesome in a tank that low, and they would love it probably.
     
  3. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102 Well Known Member Member

    Riaprium... I have never heard of this before... what is it?? And pygmy cories and something like RCS or one of their other colors would do nice in that water level :)
     




  4. RandomZoid

    RandomZoid Valued Member Member

    Haha thinking alike before you saw my post? or just affirming my advice?

    A riparium is basically an aquarium where the top half is not filled with water so that plants can grow out of the water, sometimes it includes bugs or insects as well as fish.

    Here's a nice looking one I found in google images.

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  5. monkeypie102

    monkeypie102 Well Known Member Member

    Oh that's cool... my creeds would love something like that!

    And i was thinking along the same lines as you were :) only I would do something like black neons and a couple snails and the shrimp :) dud you could do a biotope ;) hint hint
     
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    Erica0107

    Erica0107 Valued Member Member

    Thanks for explaining what a riparium is RandomZoid. I guess I should have mentioned that, lol.

    I'm thinking the threadfins I would like to have are too big. And I actually already added some pygmy cories to my betta tank, so I want something different for this tank. I know of quite a few nano schoolers that would work. I guess I'm just looking for something that has a unique look to it such as the threadfins, but so far I haven't really found that in any nano species.
     
  7. RandomZoid

    RandomZoid Valued Member Member

    Have you seen Galaxy Rasboras AKA Celestial Pearl Danios? I'm waiting on some now for my 10 gallon heavy planted tank. They stay about an inch and look awesome when fully colored, imo.
     
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    Erica0107

    Erica0107 Valued Member Member

    They are really pretty. They are probably at the top of my list of ideas right now.
     
  9. QQQUUUUAADDD

    QQQUUUUAADDD Well Known Member Member

    Yup, I currently have some in my planted 10. They are cute little fish. They are pretty skittish though. Make sure to get some tank bred ones. Wild ones are usually super sensitive to water changes and are nearly impossible to get them to eat.
     
  10. Y

    Yeoy Well Known Member Member

    Look at Australian and PNG natives. Lots of small, colourfal shoalers suitable for nano tanks. A pair of Peacock Gudgeons are cute bottom dwellers.
     
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    Erica0107

    Erica0107 Valued Member Member

    Oooh. I'm liking the peacock gudgeons. I'll have to do some research on them. Any suggestions on tankmates? Im not concerned about them being from the same area since the plants I'll be using wont fit into the biotope anyways. Although them being from the same area is fine as well.
     
  12. F

    Fishyboy05 Valued Member Member

    Sence this will be mostly low water, how bout 4 kuhli loaches, 1 dg, and 5 neon tetras?
     
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    Erica0107

    Erica0107 Valued Member Member

  14. midnamoondog

    midnamoondog Well Known Member Member

    How about some sparkling gouramis?
     
  15. OP
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    Erica0107

    Erica0107 Valued Member Member

    Yeah, Ive considered sparkling gouramis as well. So many choices! :)
     
  16. OP
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    Erica0107

    Erica0107 Valued Member Member

    I think I'm really starting to lean towards the sparkling gouramis. Should I do species only or have tankmates? Any suggestions on numbers?
     
  17. Eienna

    Eienna Fishlore VIP Member

    What I'm getting is that they're shrimp-killers that like to hunt in packs.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012




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