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Old 12-24-2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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do they mix well? Neons.zebradanios.mollies.dwarfgourami

Hi - would like to know if this list of community fish works in this tank size (26 gallon bowfront - pic below). Any thoughts? Good idea / bad idea? THANKS!!!
  • 6 neon tetras
  • 6 zebra danios
  • 4 mollies (1M,3F)
  • 2 dwarf gouramis

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Personally, I think zebra danios do better in a longer tank than you have, so I would suggest scratching that idea. In smaller tanks, they tend to just get really hyper and annoy the heck out of other slower moving residents. 4 mollies will have a pretty decent bioload and a ton of babies, so I suggest cuttting that number down a bit. Neons will be fine. Dg can be territorial, and whether or not any given 2 will get along depends on the individual temperament of the fish. If you want to try that, I suggest plating the tank to break up the lines of sight.
I suggest 8 neons, 2-3 mollies and 1 dg.
Would you be open to suggestions of different species, or do you really have your heart set on these?
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I agree^^^
I just have to add I tried the two male DG in a heavily planted 70g tank and one still terrorized the other until he died.
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I have zebras, tetras, and 2 gouramis in my 55g and they get along just fine. Personality wise I would say yes, but I don't about your tank size. Im new and still learning myself.
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Personally, I think zebra danios do better in a longer tank than you have, so I would suggest scratching that idea. In smaller tanks, they tend to just get really hyper and annoy the heck out of other slower moving residents. 4 mollies will have a pretty decent bioload and a ton of babies, so I suggest cuttting that number down a bit. Neons will be fine. Dg can be territorial, and whether or not any given 2 will get along depends on the individual temperament of the fish. If you want to try that, I suggest plating the tank to break up the lines of sight.
I suggest 8 neons, 2-3 mollies and 1 dg.
Would you be open to suggestions of different species, or do you really have your heart set on these?
Thx! Yeah the tank is not as long as i would have liked but all i could negotiate with the mrs zebras are so pretty so a bit bummed on that front. Re: the dwarf gouramis am totally open to just 1...was thinking 2 for companionship but if 1 will be happier alone so be it. That said I'm definitely open to species suggestions as I do want to maximize fish by intelligently using the top mid and bottom layers of the water. Thanks again!
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I agree^^^
I just have to add I tried the two male DG in a heavily planted 70g tank and one still terrorized the other until he died.
Im a noob and Not looking to get into planted tanks yet so thinking will go with just 1 dg - thx for the thoughts!
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I have zebras, tetras, and 2 gouramis in my 55g and they get along just fine. Personality wise I would say yes, but I don't about your tank size. Im new and still learning myself.
Well good to know these are all compatible for the future. Maybe next Christmas I can go from 26 to 55 (or
more!). The thing I'm most excited about is the mollies - they're so personable also looking forward to watching them turn out fry! Thx for the thoughts.
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Yeah, I personally LOVE mollies. I know they are pretty common, but I totally agree that they are really personable.
If you want to fill the tank levels, I would go with about 4 julii corys on the bottom, 6 neons, 2 mollies, the dg, and a couple of nerite snails.
There are other little schoolers too if you wanted something instead of neons like penguin tetras, emeber tetras, and harlequin rasboras. You could get a bigger schooling fish instead of the neons like black neons, cardinals, kerri blues, lemon tetras, or Pristella tetras. I suggested the smaller ones first because they have less bioload so you can get a slightly bigger school of them or else ou can keep a small school and maybe be able to fit in one more molly.
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Yeah, I personally LOVE mollies. I know they are pretty common, but I totally agree that they are really personable.
If you want to fill the tank levels, I would go with about 4 julii corys on the bottom, 6 neons, 2 mollies, the dg, and a couple of nerite snails.
There are other little schoolers too if you wanted something instead of neons like penguin tetras, emeber tetras, and harlequin rasboras. You could get a bigger schooling fish instead of the neons like black neons, cardinals, kerri blues, lemon tetras, or Pristella tetras. I suggested the smaller ones first because they have less bioload so you can get a slightly bigger school of them or else ou can keep a small school and maybe be able to fit in one more molly.
Excellent - thanks so much. I will research some of the other schooling fish. I'd really like to have 3 mollies so will do a bit of planning around them. Do you think possible to have two sets of schooling fish along with the 3 mollies? Would I need to ditch the dwarf gourami and corys to make that happen? Merry Christmas!!!
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Hi,

I don't know exactly how three mollies would go in a 26 G since they have huge bioloads.What's your filtration on the tank?

What schoolers did you want?

I think you can keep the cories, but you'd have to get rid of one school.

Merry Christmas to you too!
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