Proposed Stock for 310l

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    Hi All
    Its been a week since my tank is running and so far so good!! (touch wood)

    I've been working on a list of inhabitants that I would run by you all for comments.
    (Please note that I have almost no previous experience and are open to all suggestions!)

    My tank net volume is calculated at 310 litres and surface area 6428 square cm.
    I'm working on a stock level of 2.5cm fish per 30 sq cm making it 536 cm of adult fish.

    EDIT : Scroll down for New Proposed List :EDIT

    Current proposed list:

    Bottom dwellers
    4 x Corydoras Catfish Bronze (24cm)
    4 x Corydoras Catfish Panda (24cm)
    4 x Clown Loach (52cm)

    Algae Eaters
    4 x Siamese Algae Eaters (52 cm)
    2 x Bristlenose Catfish (30 cm)

    Shoals
    24 x Neon Tetras (72 cm)
    18 x Zebra Danios (90cm)
    8 x Rosy Barbs (80cm)

    Signature Fish
    3 x Swordtails (30cm)
    3 x Siamese Fighters (18 cm)
    3 x Dwarf Gourami (15cm)

    Total at 487cm

    (From what I've seen on these forum pages, it seems like maybe too much fish :silent:)

    Suggestions as to community compatibility, stock levels and shoal sizes are welcome!!

    regards
    Andre (STRiDER)
     
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    4 x Clown Loach - eats plants new shoots
    4 x Siamese Algae Eaters - gets EXTREMELY agro and sucks onto fish
    8 x Rosy Barbs - fin nippers

    Rather focun on a biotope - other Andre has this Yo-Yo string that he swings around if you make a "clown" tank :p
     
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    Hi there

    Almost everybody starts off with a community AKA "clown" tank like that. Personally I would go for a biotope tank like Richard (Rattail) did.

    Swordtails normally like harder water than the rest of the fish. I found that siamese fighters do better in a tank on their own. The gouramies are a nice choice, although they can sometimes get a bit agressive.

    Siamese algae eaters only eat algae for a while, when they get big they can turn into little monsters - maybe think of replacing them with ottos?

    I like the cories and ancistrus

    If you want something different with regards to the schooling fish, maybe look at gettins some nice rainbows? They will double up a signature fish too.

    Thats just my opinion on how I would do it :)
     
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    I'm also a fan of biotope aquaria.

    If you do decide to go for a biotope, South American could be quite nice. As André said, cories, ancistrus and otos would make for good bottom dwellers. Just make sure you give the ancistrus and cories enough hiding places, ancistrus get downright nasty to cories when they get "up in their grill".

    As for shoaling fish, a massive group of cardinal tetras is an unforgettable site. You could round it all of with some nice dwarf cichlids, such as one of the Apistogramma species, rams, or my personal favourite, the dwarf flag cichlid (Laetacara curviceps).
     
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    Nick got some wild caught rams in during the week :D
     
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    Ok...

    I've listened, I've read up, and almost gave up ::) (just kidding)

    Here is the revised proposal!

    Bottom Feeders and Algae Eaters
    6 x Corydoris Catfish Bronze (have 2 already)
    6 x Corydoris Catfish Panda
    6 x Coolie Loach (later)
    6 x Dwarf Otocinclus (have 6 already)

    Shoals
    24 x Neon Tetra (have 20 already)
    8 x Rosie Barb
    18 x Zebra Danio

    Signature Fish
    3 x Swordtail
    3 x Red rainbowfish
    3 x Dwarf Gourami

    I'm pretty sure this will not be the final draught :dink:
     
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    avoid barbs - they nip fins and plants... also watch out for other Andres yoyo string
     
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    I am not aware of rosey barbs being particulally renown for fin nipping,
    certainly it helps to keep them as a shoal, but I don't think when it comes to fin nipping they are anything like Tiger barbs,
    Nick Hart will know...
    Also I think you should stock the fish you like, as long as you keep thier requirments in mind,
    some people like biotype aquariums others not,
    but you should enjoy your fishkeeping hobby and only you know how to best do that. :)
     
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    Well said - in the end you should be enjoying it :) We can all give advice but it will normally reflect the fish that we like.

    Keep us posted
     
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    Strider, yep you decide.
    Dont worry about Andre's yoyo string it's only a way of controlling Henk's apetite for buying fish;-)

    I love the idea of Red Rainbows they are stunning I have three of them in my Rainbow tank. If you are from the CPT area I would recomend getting the Reds from Nick hart.
    I my experience the only problem Rosy Barbs is that they love to eat fine leaved plants. So be carefull.

    Your fish list looks good.
    I have a tank with Rainbows, guppies, Cories and otto's so it can also be seen as a circus tank, but I like it and thats the way I want it.
    Choice is always yours.
     
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    Thanks for all your inputs!!

    As far as my list goes - Nick Hart gave inputs on most of my choices :thumb:

    Also, from what I've seen and heard about fish shops around CPT, well I guess I will do trips to Riebeeck Kasteel more often!! :yes
     

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