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Old 08-03-2016, 01:56 PM   #1
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Stocking suggestions?

I've just upgraded from a 20 gallon to a 37 gallon tank. I've got some live plants and fish already but i was thinking of adding a few more and wanted suggestions.

I currently have:
3 lyretail delta guppies (male)
3 fancy guppies (male)
4 long fin zebra Danios (male)
2 sunburst wag platies (female)
1 gold twinbar Platy (female)
2 high fin Platy (female)
2 micky mouse platies (female)
1 bristlenose pleco (male)

I'm also finding the male guppies are being aggressive and chasing my orange micky mouse platies... Not sure what to do about that 😣

I have a heater, filter, and a number of plants (swords, Java fern, long grasses, moneywort) and driftwood.



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Welcome to AA! What sort of statement are you looking for with your fish? Are you looking for a "showpiece"? Or something that is just a slightly different look but a similar size?
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Old 08-03-2016, 05:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply and welcome 😊

I'm looking for something with colour and that will be fascinating. I love colour but want to make sure that any new fish will get along with my current fish!

I was looking at maybe a dwarf gourami and getting a few other long fin tetras or maybe some mollies or barbs. I guess I'm looking for a statement fish and another group of colorful fish but similar in size to what I already have.

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Old 08-03-2016, 06:29 PM   #4
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Increase your number of danios to 5 to be safe. I would suggest a DG, they're beautiful fish and pretty docile. Neon tetras are very pretty too, adding 5 is a good idea. Not sure about the stocking levels, what's your filtration? A great website to use is aqadvisor for stocking Update us!


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Old 08-03-2016, 06:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info! 😊

For filtration I have the Marineland penguin 200 powerfilter. I like the biowheel filters 😉

I think adding another danio is a good idea! I originally had five but one jumped the tank he was in 😢 And then I never got around to replacing him because I was pushing the limits of my 20 gallon and they were so peaceful. I've got the space for more now though 😄


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I think your male guppies are chasing the platys because they're trying to mate with them -- similar size and colors. And they're little horndogs.

I agree about adding a danio or two: they're active and are more likely to chase each other when there are more of them in the tank. A school of neons would be pretty (I'd get at least 7), but also consider glowlight tetras: they're among everyone's "first fish," but they really are pretty.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:50 AM   #7
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Those darn guppies 😛 lol!

I guess I'm getting another danio for sure then 😉 I love watching them zoom around in their little pack 😊

I'm going to have to have a good look tomorrow and see what my LFS has to offer but I'm thinking a school of neon tetras would be nice ☺



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Old 08-04-2016, 10:37 AM   #8
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*Neon tetras tend to be sensitive so be sure of your water parameters before adding them and watch them carefully. My first batch were fine in the first week of having them but died in the second. My friend's batch are still alive after around eight months.

They'll look really pretty with your live plants though! Keep us updated


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So I got another long fin zebra danio and four neon tetras and three glowlight tetras 😊

I've added another filter to my tank to help keep the water extra clean too. Also my penguin 200 power filter allowed for double filtration media so I've got two filters in that as well. Fingers crossed all goes well! I've never had neons, they are so vivid!!

Thanks for all the help 😊

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I think I should be good with water parameters, I gravel vac weekly and do 25% water changes bi-weekly and clean the tank every week to prevent algae growth. I find the gravel vac is so great at keeping my water good! I'm glad I invested in one 😄

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Great! And I know right? Neons looks so beautiful! Make sure you send us pics too!!


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I've never had neons, they are so vivid!!
Don't be discouraged if you lose a few; neons can be delicate when they first get into a tank. (I think the wild caught ones have more problems than farm-raised, but we don't know which are which in stores) I bought my first batch of seven from Petco, lost six in the first week. Bought ten more from a reputable LFS and haven't lost one since (going on three months), including the Petco survivor. They're really pretty when they shoal.

What other filter did you add?
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I added a penguin 100b power filter, i don't have room for anything big because the hood cut outs give limited space 😛

I also added a bubble wall/curtain that the platies and guppies are in love with! They swim into it and then down and go back for more ☺



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I've decided to do 10% daily water changes for the first week to help the tank adjust and keep water clean. I should think the live plants should help with the nitrate removal too (or so I've read).

My long fin zebra danio is already fitting in ☺ and the tetras are appearing to do well. They have their own shoal and one of my lyretail guppies seems convinced he's one of them lol

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Sorry for the poor pictures, my camera on my phone is terrible!

But all my fish are happily coexisting ☺ love those tetras, so pretty!

My lyretail guppies are all having an identity crisis though, one hangs with the Danios and another with the tetras and the third with the platies lol the other fish don't seem to mind though 😉

That darn driftwood though, it tinged the water and keeps floating... Hence the ugly bottle holding it down!

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I totally LOL'd at the water bottle. Tank looks great though! The platies are so bright and lively, I miss mine


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Haha yeah that darned waterbottle!! Can't wait for my driftwood to get waterlogged! Platies are my favorite, they are so hardy and active but also very chill 😉

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It looks like one of your plants is Java fern. Java fern and anubias shouldn't have their rhizomes covered and grow best attached to driftwood.
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I had no idea! I got the Java fern a few weeks ago and was told to plant it like my others, but i should have researched still! Thanks for pointing that out ☺

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I took your advice and I've attached it to my driftwood. Hopefully it takes root and starts growing 😊 i think it looks much better in the driftwood too! Thanks 😄

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