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Old 02-12-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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It's been awhile... restocking my 28 gal bowfront

Hello! I think it's been years since I was last here. Things are a little different.

I have a 28 gal bowfront. Fully cycled, has been for years. Over the years, I've had lots of livebearers, a few rosy barbs, and my share of bettas.

I've currently got two platy - one male, one female. I'm really hoping they don't have babies. I'd like to move on to other fish, at last.

I would like some schooling fish, some movement. I would like a little bit of colour too. Possibly also one larger fish. I'm sticking to beginner-type fish.

I'd like a gourami and maybe a school of long-finned danios or a school of tetras (not sure what kind, just something colourful). How many of each could I get? I also don't have a bottom feeder anymore, so I'd have to look for one as well.

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Old 02-12-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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welcome back

Well good you dont have to wait for it to cycle, I hate that

Fish-wise you could go with
a single male dwarf gourami (flame, powder blue)-keep in mind they prefer lower ph
a schooling fish, long fined danios could work, but they prefer more space to swim. You could go for almost any tetra your heart desired (with a few exceptions like the congo tetra)
harlequin rasboras would also work, I really like these little guys
I dont know of too many small schooling fish with "flowing fins", or at least, none come to me off the top of my head
you could also have a school of corries or otocinculus (sp?) they are small but will help you with some possible algae issues
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:04 PM   #3
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Since you're looking for color, you might want to take a look at Rainbowfish. They come in a variety of sizes and colors.
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Since you're looking for color, you might want to take a look at Rainbowfish. They come in a variety of sizes and colors.
in a 28gall the only ones I would suggest (though are my favorite) are the praecox rainbows, or "dwarf" rainbows. Love them and intend to have some in my 29gall...
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There are several other rainbows that stay small enough for that size tank. Threadfin Rainbowfish and Gertrude's Rainbowfish to name a couple. I've actually seen those to at my LFS.
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There are several other rainbows that stay small enough for that size tank. Threadfin Rainbowfish and Gertrude's Rainbowfish to name a couple. I've actually seen those to at my LFS.
oh your right! I totally forgot about threadfin, though I have only heard of the gertrude, dont know much of anything about them though...
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I will second the rainbows, I have all three and I love them all. Welcome back to AA. It would be great to see a pic of your current setup.
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oh your right! I totally forgot about threadfin, though I have only heard of the gertrude, dont know much of anything about them though...
Gertrude's Rainbow is a lovely little fish that only grows to about 1". You can see some pictures of the ones that I kept in my 2.5 gallon, or here is a picture I found searching Google Pictures.
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Thanks for the replies!

I've never seen a Gertrude's rainbow before. Very pretty.

Another question - which should I put in first? The small school of fish, or the gourami?
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I would put the school of fish in first.
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