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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 10:49 am Post subject: Some bigger fishes for a planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi!
 
 I  have  a  22"  by  18"  by  15"  planted  aquarium.  I  have  not  put  CO2  but  the  plants  are  growing  ok!!!!!!!!!!  not  great  but  Ok!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 Right  now  I  have  5  Guppies,  2  red  tailed  Sharks(not  the  black  ones),  1  Clown  Loach.
 
 As  far  as  flora  goes  I  have  almost  9  bunches  of  Amazon  Sword,  1  Temple  Plant,  1  Banana  Leaf  and  2  Vals.
 
 I  also  have  a  small  piece  of  black  drift  wood.
 
 I  use  an  internal  filter(300lit/hr).  No  heaters  still  but  can  install  one.
 
 Now  I  wanted  to  know  the  large  fishes  that  I  can  keep  in  this  tank.
 
 I  have  just  lost  3  Clown  Loaches  and  am  too  disturbed  to  suffer  any  further  loss.  Sad  
 
 A  concept  seems  to  have  creapt  into  my  head  that  larger  fishes  survive  better  than  smaller  ones.  At  least  in  my  case  it  helps  me  keep  track  of  the  1  fish  better  than  if  have  a  community.
 
 I  know  keeping  really  large  ones  like  arowana  would  not  be  right  but  can  some  semi-large  ones  can  be  kept.
 
 Also  is  it  ok  that  I  pick  up  a  small  arowana  (abt  6")  and  grow  bim  to  abt  (1')  then  exchange  him  for  another  smaller  one.......and  keep  doing  that...
 
 Any  suggestions  please...............
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A  concept  seems  to  have  creapt  into  my  head  that  larger  fishes  survive  better  than  smaller  ones.                

 
 That  is  somewhat  incorrect.  While  larger  fish  will  have  longer  lifespans  than  smaller  fish,  there  is  no  reason  for  many  small  fish  not  to  live  at  least  2  years  in  your  tank.  If  small  fish  die  prematurely,  it  is  fairly  likely  large  ones  will  too.
 
 Go  with  a  shoal  of  tetras  or  barbs.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 11:59 am Post subject: large fish for planted tank Reply with quote

 Hello
 
 Abhinav,
 
 
 I  think  you  should  go  for  Congo  Tetra.  They  are  beautiful  fishes  and  they  donot  harm  your  plants.  
 
 Since  you  have  a  tank  less  than  2  ft  long,  you  donot  have  much  choice.
 
 1  pair  of  Congo  is  max.  Additional  you  can  go  for  Dwarf  Rainbow.  (Neon  rainbow)
 
 The  above  fishes  are  sturdy  and  easy  to  maintain.
 
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 If  you  want  to  have  more  fish  or  even  considering  the  size  of  your  tank,  small  Tetras  and  barbs  would  suit  your  tank  well.....  go  for  neons  or  cardinals...  they  would  make  your  tank  look  awesome...  just  a  suggestion....
 
 Big  fishes  in  a  2ft  tank  is  not  advisable.....
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:13 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hi  Abhinav,
 
 I  suggest,please  check  out  this  link  to  calculate  how  many  fishes  can  you  keep  in  a  tank  of  your  size.
 
 http://www.helpthefish.org/modules.php?name=tanktool
 
 This  will  give  you  a  rough  idea  about  the  number  and  the  size.The  results  are  a  little  dissappointing  though  (  they  were  for  me  !)
 Its  lesser  than  what  we  always  expect  !    Smile  
 
 
 I  would  suggest  a  shoal  of  tetras  to  give  a  better  look  and  feel
 
 Thanks
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 Thats  a  wonderful  link  Rohan.......  Clapping
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 i  would  suggest  a  pair  of  neon  gourami's  and  a  pair  of  honey  gourami's.    they  add  a  nice  look  to  any  planted  aquarium  IMO.
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 Congos  need  large  tanks!  a  2  footer  is  too  small  for  them.
 Dwarf  Gourami  and  Honey  Gouramis  are  a  good  idea.  Think  you  can  fit  in  a  couple  of  angels.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 2:30 pm Post subject: dwarf puffers??????????? Reply with quote

 Can  I  keep  dwarf  puffers..........in  the  tank????
 
 Have  never  kept  them  before.  Are  they  hardy  fishes?
 
 Know  they  are  very  aggressive.  What  do  the  gurus  say?
 
 Where  would  be  they  available  in  Bangalore?
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 Dwarf  Puffers  are  lovely  fishes  but  they  would  need  live  food  initially  to  survive.  They  are  fin  nippers  even  at  that  size.
 Carinotetraodon  imitator  or  travancoricus  should  be  available  in  Bangalore  but  you  need  to  look  around.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 4:43 pm Post subject: One last question for my confused mind Reply with quote

 Hi!
 
 One  last  question  can    big  sized  Gold  Fishes  be  kept  in  the  aquarium  I  have  mentioned.
 
 If  yes  how  many?
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 I  think  probably  2  or  3..  .  not  more  than  that....  (they  won't  feel  comfortable)
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 Abhinav,  how  big  do  you  mean  by  "big  sized  gold  fish"?  Including  the  tail,  goldfish  can  grow  to  over  a  foot  long...
 
 You  could  get  some  2-3"  long  goldfish  and  let  them  grow  up  a  bit  before  you  trade  them  in.
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 Hi  Abhinav,  Puffers  were  available  at  Sea  Birds  Aquarium  in  Shivajinagar.  Dont  know  if  they  are  still  available  though.  Try  your  luck.
 
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 don't  you  think  gold  fish  will  smother  the  plants?
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