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Old 11-08-2004, 07:34 PM   #1
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self doubting-- please help!!

So i'm at the end of my first fishless cycle, and I'm still not sure how to stock my tank! I had such a bad experience with my first tank after stocking completely wrong, and I feel that no matter how much research you do on the fish you want, nothing can beat hearing from a real person with experience....

that said, I'm looking to stock a 35 gallon tank with sand substrate. I wanted to have a one good sized fish to serve as a centerpiece, but I'm starting to think that won't work.

Some fish I like are:
kissing gouramis
dwarf gouramis
rainbowfish
tetras
neon tetras
cories

I'm pretty sure i can't have a kisser, but i can dream, right?

I'm having a hard time coming up with a good combination of some of these fish, as well as determining how many I can get without overstocking. ANY suggestions would be wonderful!

thanks!!
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Old 11-08-2004, 08:05 PM   #2
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I would reccomeend any of the follwoing


1 Dwarf Gouramia

5 Tinfin Tertras

3 Cory Cats

and maybe a Clown Pleco to eat alegea they dont gte very big.

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Old 11-09-2004, 11:22 AM   #3
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I have a dwarf gourami as my centerpiece in my 46g tank....he's beautiful. Dwarfs come in "honey", "blue", etc.

Dan's suggestions are great...here's some more ideas:

1 neon blue dwarf gourami
6-7 rainbowfish
3-4 panda cory catfish
3-5 otocinclus

You'd still have room for a small school of something else....SOME types of barbs and/or tetras may work....
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:23 PM   #4
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Well, whatever you choose, add fish slowly, even if your tank is already cycled. For the schooling fish (cories, tetras) add 3 at a time. They will prefer to be in groups and it will be less stress. Good luck with your tank!!!
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Old 11-09-2004, 08:07 PM   #5
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quick question and a stocking plan


i have heard that dwarf gouramis prefer to be in pairs. Is this true?

So now i'm thinking:

1 dwarf gourami
5 rainbowfish
4 cories
5 tetras (black phantom?)
1 clown pleco

how does this sound?
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Also - be careful with Pink Kissers. Mine were very aggressive against my tetras a while back and killed a number of them.
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Old 11-10-2004, 10:31 AM   #7
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Your list looks great. Dwarf gouramis are best by themselves. You may be able to get away with 2 if they are male and female, but I wouldn't risk it. (2 males or 2 females will most likely mean war in your size tank)
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