Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-01-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Jantaris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 200
Keeping the population under control...

Hi there...
We have a 20 gallon live bearer tank which is at full(est!!! and then some!!!) capacity with 12 fish (mollies, platy, tetra) and THEN a good dozen fry, and are switching some of these fish out TODAY to another tank, and making some choices to lessen the fry load (i.e. breaking up the "party" and maybe trading in some of our males). I know angels are good for fry pop'n control but not a big marble like we have. Are there other suitable fish that would keep the pop'n down? Are there smaller variety angels that would do well in a 20g? I'm also thinking dwarf gourami??? Thanks...
__________________

__________________
Jantaris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
SKB
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SKB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Jamestown, NY
Posts: 746
If I were you (and you have a local lfs) I would try to sell the extra live bearers, but IMO, you could get dwarf gourami's. I've never kept gourami's but I heard they like being in groups of atleast 2 or more. Depending on how many fish you keep (molly, platy, tetra) you can probably get 2 dwarf gourami's. But if you plan on keeping most of the adults, I wouldn't suggest it. I think you'd be overstocked. If not, youd have to clean out the tank very often, and might have issues. IMO anyway, anyone can correct me if im wrong.
__________________

__________________
SKB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
SKB
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SKB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Jamestown, NY
Posts: 746
Are you planning on keeping the first list of 12 fish (mollies, platy, tetra)?
__________________
SKB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Jantaris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 200
I agree with you.
As far as keeping the first twelve, we likely will but will have to re-home between our own tanks. There are a couple of them I think we may try to trade in. And, yes, selling or trading in the fry is a great idea. Four of them are going to a friend so, assuming all eight more survive, we *may* keep one or two and trade in the others.
I have heard mixed reviews on keeping more than one DG in one tank...
__________________
Jantaris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 05:01 PM   #5
SKB
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SKB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Jamestown, NY
Posts: 746
I have never kept Dwarf Gourami's but I have done some research because ive thought, if I ever have an open tank in the future I want some. So what ive come to find, is they do better in groups of 3 or more. 2 is better then 1. So if you can open up your tank enough, a couple dwarf gourami's can work for sure. Well IMO
__________________
SKB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 06:53 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Jantaris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 200
Thanks very much for the input. Hopefully we'll get this all sorted relatively soon...
__________________
Jantaris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 06:58 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sillyfishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Omaha,Nebraska
Posts: 3,374
Quote:
Originally Posted by SKB View Post
I have never kept Dwarf Gourami's but I have done some research because ive thought, if I ever have an open tank in the future I want some. So what ive come to find, is they do better in groups of 3 or more. 2 is better then 1. So if you can open up your tank enough, a couple dwarf gourami's can work for sure. Well IMO
Males are extremely aggressive to eachother. Wouldn't keep 1 in a 20.
__________________
90g Reef
30g Long Frag Tank
10g Planted
3g Pico Reef
Sillyfishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 07:13 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Jantaris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 200
Ahhh... Hi Sillyfishies. I think you spoke to me about gouramis in another post, as well, when I was discussing my 30. We've decided to go with a pearl for the 30, so thanks for that advice. I was hen thinking a DG for the 20, bu you'd suggest against it, huh?
Anything you'd suggest for our needs with this 20? It may just simply come down to us taking action with separating/trading in some of the fish, etc and, as suggested above, opening up some more room. The livebearers are quite pretty but I think we have to re-think and perhaps just do all girls to cut back on the pop'n problem and to avoid the male aggression.
In other news, I can't seem to get the "Quote message in reply" box to work for me here on Chrome...
__________________
Jantaris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Jantaris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 200
Weird... my post just disappeared. I shall try again.
Just wanted to say hat I paid att'n to what you said about gouramis on my other post, Sillyfishies. We're going with the pearl for our 30.
But a DG is not good for a 20, huh? Any thing else you'd suggest for our needs? We like the livebearers but it may just come down to us taking action and moving/trading in some of the fish and going to all an female tank to avoid this in future. Or, then we'd be opening up for alternative stocking, as suggested above...
__________________
Jantaris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 07:22 PM   #10
SKB
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SKB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Jamestown, NY
Posts: 746
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sillyfishies View Post

Males are extremely aggressive to eachother. Wouldn't keep 1 in a 20.
Ok. Thanks, sorry
__________________

Freshwater Newbie? Click this: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...um-154837.html
SKB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 07:28 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sillyfishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Omaha,Nebraska
Posts: 3,374
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jantaris View Post
Ahhh... Hi Sillyfishies. I think you spoke to me about gouramis in another post, as well, when I was discussing my 30. We've decided to go with a pearl for the 30, so thanks for that advice. I was hen thinking a DG for the 20, bu you'd suggest against it, huh?
Anything you'd suggest for our needs with this 20? It may just simply come down to us taking action with separating/trading in some of the fish, etc and, as suggested above, opening up some more room. The livebearers are quite pretty but I think we have to re-think and perhaps just do all girls to cut back on the pop'n problem and to avoid the male aggression.
In other news, I can't seem to get the "Quote message in reply" box to work for me here on Chrome...
I use the mobile app so can't help out on that one. Regarding the pearl, I think it'd be fine to get a pair of them.
For the 20, I'd get one DG, but definitely trade out some of the babies, and some of your adults as well.
__________________
90g Reef
30g Long Frag Tank
10g Planted
3g Pico Reef
Sillyfishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 07:37 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Jantaris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 200
Two Pearl---m/f pair, then, yes (if I can find the f in my local)? And then one DG for the 20.
Thanks, all, for the advice.
__________________

__________________
Jantaris is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
control

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×