Hi. Recently found this forum, looks very helpful!
I'm going to set up a 55 gal
tank after a trip this month, and I wanted to run my ideas past the folks here:
1 or 2 pearl gourami
12 (or more?) black neon tetras or Pristellas
6 upside down cats
I gather from my reading that that should leave a little extra capacity if I want to get an algae eater or something later (or do the cats count as algae eaters?). My questions:
1. Any compatibility issues? Any of these fish hard for a beginner?
2. Will a single gourami be content? Most books seem to recommend pairs, but I didn't know if that was for people who want them to breed (I don't).
3. Are the cats totally nocturnal, or are will they be out in the day sometimes? The third slot was for a fish with some unusual behavior. I wanted dwarf loaches for their alleged playfulness, but they seem hard to find around here.
I could go on, but I'll stop for now. thanks for your comments!
PS: I don't have a test kit yet, so don't ask about my water...I'll get one soon.