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Old 12-11-2016, 01:46 AM   #1
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Hello! I've been enjoying reading your forums for some time & finally decided it would be nice to ask some specific questions & continue learning!

I've mostly kept ponds, but recently helped my grandson set up a 5 gallon betta tank for his first pet. It reminded me how much I enjoyed aquariums when I was a kid. The next theing I knew, I had a 20-gallon high set up.

I started out with 3 Amano shrimp, and added 7 ghost shrimp after a few weeks. We have extremely hard (well) water but also have a water softener, so I added cuttlebone and a mini wondershell to my tank just in case. Next, I got 4 nerite snails, 1 is the mini horned type. They've all done well, so I just splurged and added 1 mystery snail. Yes, I really like snails!

I dont have an algae problem, so I feed New Life Spectrum Algaemax, NLS betta food, freeze-dried brine shrimp, freeze-dried green algae sheets, frozen blood worms, and fresh zucchini and cucumber. I also do a 25-30% water change weekly & keep the temp around 77-78 degrees. So far so good!

I'd like to add (5-6) kuhli loaches and possibly several (3) dwarf corys, but don't want to overload the tank. Lastly I'd like to add a betta so my grandson & I can compare 'notes'.

Do you think this would be too much? I have several live plants, some marimo balls and java moss, and plan to get more live plants. I use larger smooth river rock and petrified wood in the tank, but portions of the bottom are bare glass. I'd make sure it was completely covered if I get the betta, which would be the last fish.

Thanks for your input - sorry this was so long an introduction!
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Possibly I would hold off on the corys to see how the bottom looks stocked after a few months.
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Thanks, question about waiting to add corys

Thanks Delapool!

I'll get the 5-6 kuhli loaches first. My 7 y/o grandson likes snakes & sharks, & I like non-agressive fish, so they seem the perfect compromise.

Re. the corys, is the issue more that it's too much bio-load, or that it'll be too many bottom-dwellers?

I wanted to get all the bottom fish in & well established before introducing a betta, so the bottom dwellers will have an alpha position to start.

Thanks again for your advice!
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Thanks Delapool!



I'll get the 5-6 kuhli loaches first. My 7 y/o grandson likes snakes & sharks, & I like non-agressive fish, so they seem the perfect compromise.



Re. the corys, is the issue more that it's too much bio-load, or that it'll be too many bottom-dwellers?



I wanted to get all the bottom fish in & well established before introducing a betta, so the bottom dwellers will have an alpha position to start.



Thanks again for your advice!


Hi, it was a little of both but mainly I was thinking the bottom sounded well stocked. But I've found with loaches they hang out in weird spots so could see how it settles down.
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OK, Delapool, I understand now, thanks! Will see what the loaches do - will probably add them sometime next week.

Thanks, too to Nirbhao & Bill22 - this is a great forum & fill of information!
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