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Old 06-11-2011, 01:02 AM   #1
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Stocking new 30g, bottom feeder help!

So I wanted a tropical semi-aggressive aquarium and a red-tail shark. The LFS recommended a 30g tank that's 14inches wide (it's smallest side). He told me that it would be good for the fish that grows up to 6 inches... After all my research I have since learned otherwise.

Currently my tank is stocked with 6 Tiger barbs and 6 Zebra Danios. I have a large piece of Malyasian driftwood that stands that creats a large cave against one corner of the tank. A medium sized cave. A bunch of Mollywart that my barbs constantly peck at and an Anubias. I currently have black gravel and plan to add just a little more to better bury the molleywart. I'm thinking I'll add another cave and a sword plant.

In a few weeks or so my tank should be ready to add some bottom feeders. I'm thinking about placing some ghost crabs, but I'm word about the Barbs attacking them. I'm not sure what to put in as a bottom feeder. Some recommendiations would be helpful. I'm still PISSED I wanted a Red Tail Shark SOOOOOooooo BAD!
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I've read that they can grow up to 8 inches. That seems like an even worse problem than a red-finned shark. I'd like a more active fish, what are those smaller algae eaters that swim around llike crazy and grow to 2 inches. I can't remember what they are called.
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Okay so I'm thinking three juli cory's... will this be too much bio-load?
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I've read that they can grow up to 8 inches. That seems like an even worse problem than a red-finned shark. I'd like a more active fish, what are those smaller algae eaters that swim around llike crazy and grow to 2 inches. I can't remember what they are called.
Bristlenose plecos only grow to be 5 inches max and are peaceful. There's no problem with keeping a red tailed shark in a 30 gallon... The problem is that it'll attack everything since it doesn't have enough space to claim a territory. That's why you can keep a bristlenose pleco in that tank. You could do one bristlenose, and 6 juli cories in that tank no problem! Have you looked at maybe adding another centerpiece fish instead of the shark?
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Okay so I'm thinking three juli cory's... will this be too much bio-load?
I'm doing this in my 30 gallon, and it's been approved here:
6 rummy nose tetras
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6 orange laser cories
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So yes... You should do more like 6 juli cories and you'd be fine.
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I'm not sure what center piece fish to use then.
I like hearing i could have a shark, I measured my aquarium dimensions myself and i see no reason why i can't have a six inch fish.
Ideas?
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I'm not sure what center piece fish to use then.
I like hearing i could have a shark, I measured my aquarium dimensions myself and i see no reason why i can't have a six inch fish.
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even the smallest sharks need a 55 gallon minimum.othewise they mihgt kill everything.
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What about getting a gourami as your centerpiece fish and still doing the cories? I also recommend not putting a red tailed shark in anything smaller than a 46-55 gallon tank. I have a rainbow shark in my 55 and he seems very comfortable.
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