Stocking help

  1. s

    soccermatt Member Member

    Hi,

    I have recently set up at 12.5 gallon tropical freshwater aquarium, with heater, air pump, and a 20 gallon filter.

    Once my tank has finished cycling i was thinking of putting in maybe 4 cherry barbs (and i was wondering what male to female ratio i should put them in), then maybe after they are happy and settled, 3 platies (maybe mickey mouse).

    I was thinking i would like one more fish to add in, but i don't know what it should be that would also work with my space requirements.

    Thanks
     





  2. Amanda

    Amanda Fishlore VIP Member

    Welcome to Fishlore!
    I've never had barbs, so I can't help you there. But remember that platys are prolific breeders, and you WILL have fry if you mix males & females. :)
     





  3. Meenu

    Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    I agree, go with male platies only. Females can come to you already pregnant.

    You could add 2 male guppies to the mix, or maybe 3 panda cories. You want to be careful not to overstock, but I think you'll be fine...
     
  4. OP
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    s

    soccermatt Member Member

    do you know if rainbow fish (maybe austrainlian rainbow fish would be a good addition), or maybe gourami's, or would i be full with 2-3 platies and 4 cherry barbs
     
  5. Meenu

    Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

    I think 2-3 platies, 4 cherry barbs, and a dwarf gourami sounds like a beautiful tank. I don't have barbs, but I think the cherries and a DG will get along. Someone should be along shortly with more info for you on their compatibility.
     
  6. Gouramiguy17

    Gouramiguy17 Well Known Member Member

    I think the dwarf gourami is iffy, they barbs are very active and gouramis are sometimes stressed by fast moving fish like that
     
  7. OP
    OP
    s

    soccermatt Member Member

    thanks, do you know of any other freshwater tropical fish that are happy alone, without more of their same kind instead of the dwarf gourami