Originally Posted by Alex51
My tank is completely cycled (I've kept a close eye on the levels across the board with my own test kit)! I'm very proud and quite excited to get my own fish. But I have a few questions.
I am not looking for huge/fantastic fish, I actually enjoy schooling, and smaller fish (Danios, Tetras, Guppies). Is there a good stocking plan that I can use to make my tank come to life?
Before anyone has any suggestions, my plan (which I want to hold off before getting the advice of anyone who wants to offer) is;
6 Zebra Danios
4 Cardinal Tetra
2 Fancy Guppy
2 Emerald Corycat
This to me feels like I am overstocking the tank. Which is why I am here. I don't want to put a significant bio-load on the tank, and I would like to keep proper schooling with the fish.
Is this an acceptable amount for a 29 gallon tank? Is this too much? Will these fish fight?
My biggest fear is danios/tetras attacking the Guppy's rear fins, does anyone have experience with these to settle my anxiety?
THANKS AHEAD OF TIME!
First of all, Kudos on going about things the right way!
I agree with increasing your cardinal numbers by another 2-4.
If you like the greenish colour of the emerald, you could have a look at the Green laser cory. It's a true cory and gets nowhere near the size of the emerald catfish, so you could have a nice school of 6 of those. They are expensive where I am though, so if it's the same where you are, I'd look at 6 Julii or similar.
The fish you have *should* be fine together, but you can't account for personalities
Just remember not to add them all at once. Do something like the danios first, then wait a week before adding each species. It will mean your tank won't be fully stocked for 3-4 weeks, but that gives you more time to choose your cories (I would add those last)
I don't use centrepiece fish myself- I love the natural movement of schools/shoals, and having an 'odd man out' detracts from that IMO
So much fun!