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Discussion in 'Tropical Discussion' started by Tool13x, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Tool13x

    Tool13x New Member

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    Hi everyone, I am looking for a couple suggestions on tankmates for my 55 gal setup.
    I currently have:
    1 Bristlenose Pleco
    1 Bolivian Ram
    7 Rosy Barbs
    6 Corydoras Melini

    This tank looks a little sparse, I was wondering if you think I have some room for additional fish and perhaps some suggestions on some species that will work with what I have. I have an awful lot of orange swimming around in that tank and I was looking to add a species to bring in a little color.

    One of the few ideas I came up with is adding a shoal of Cardinal Tetras, from what Ive read they seem to work well with the Rosys and Bolivian Rams dont appear to bother them.

    My water parameters are 112ppm Gh, 89 ppm Kh and 7.6pH @ 76F
    I have a planted tank with Crypt Spiralis, Amazon Swords, and Anubias Nana.

     
  2. Jake3030

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    Personally I prefer Glass bloodfin tetras but any smaller tetra should be fine.
     
  3. hobby5

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    Some other idea. If the tank is looking sparse it means you don't have enough fixtures inside (large roots and larger plants).

    If you want some other interesting fish species, which could work with your setup and current take mates, have a look at Epiplatys dageti.
     
  4. Tool13x

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    Glass bloodfins are pretty cool but I rarely see them around at the LFS.
     
  5. Tool13x

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    True enough, I've been working on that this past week. I got some more bogwood, large rocks and some live plant s to fill it in a bit more.

    killifish never crossed my mind, Ill take a look at the LFS and see what species they have. I really like that firemouth though, thanks for the suggestion.
     
  6. Byron

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    I just posted a comment on bloodfins in another thread, so I will cut/paste it here:

    I would also caution on the bloodfins. The species is probably Aphyocharax rathbuni, which seems to be the usual one with the common name "bloodfin," though it might be Aphyocharax anisitsi. Both as you can see are in the same genus, Aphyocharax, and all the species in this genus are prone to nip fins; some species are much worse than others. But never combine them with any sedate or long-fin fish, as that is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. And have them in largish groups, 9+, which can sometimes keep them less likely to nip.
     
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  7. hobby5

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    Be aware, that many killifish will not work. I especially recommended this panchax, as it is very surface oriented and will hardly interfere with your other stocking.
     
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    Can anyone help me.. Looking for some advice. I have had my tank for a couple of months now and all has been good. All of a sudden some of the fish started dying. I decided to remove the fish from the tank and do a water change. One of my convicts just laid at the bottom of the bucket. I have put the fish back into the tank and they are all fine apart from the convict. He/she is just laying at the bottom of the tank on its side. To start off he/she wasn’t breathing but he/she is now breathing but still not moving. Need some advice on how to get her better and wether anyone knows what could be wrong with him/her. ??
     
  9. Byron

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    I see you have since posted this question in your own thread, which is better than in an unrelated thread as here. You might want to PM a moderator to remove this post from this thread.
     
  10. Tool13x

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    I see, all I have found so far locally is Aplocheilus blockii. I am going to keep looking for Epiplatys dageti, I think they are great looking fish. If I do happen to find them is a mixed group of males and females ok? It looks like a half dozen is recemmended. Should I try to maintain a certain ratio of M to F?
     
  11. Byron

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    When you can distinguish gender, I try to have both; some species are fine with an even ratio, others may be better with more females to males. Here if you are not specifically intending to breed them, a more even ratio should be OK. They will still spawn, but the eggs will in all likelihood be eaten by themselves and other fish in community tanks.
     
  12. hobby5

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    You were looking at the right fish :) A. blockii is also a surface oriented panchax which should work.

    For any of the panchax, make sure you don't have an empty surface, but some floating plants, some large plants which reach the surface and/or some roots or twigs. Also they don't like too much current. There should be areas with less, better no current.

    Concerning gender, what Byron said.
     

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