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Community fish advice

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:34 pm
by Jonahjones26
I have set up a new tank for a fighter and a few community fish.

Firstly I have planted the tank and set it up for approx 8 days and is running nicely.

Yesterday I added 5 neons..... Before I add a fighter I will be adding some algie eating shrimp and a glass cleaning snail ( as advised by my local aquatics store) but I have been given some contrasting advice about other fish too add.

Some of the fish they showed me grow upto 7-10 cm which is way too big IMO ?

I don't want the tank to be over crowded and need to select non tail nipping tank mates for the fighter.

So what fish and quantities should I be looking for?


Thanks

Re: Community fish advice

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:44 pm
by Getthejist
What size tank do you have?

Re: Community fish advice

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:48 pm
by malakye
If your wanting a fighter I would leave the shrimp out unless your going for bigger shrimp like the amano otherwise they will just get eaten.

We really need to know the size of your tank before we can advise you more, if your going for a plec stick to one of the smaller type like bristlenose, avoid commons as they get huge. Also stay clear of guppies they can nip the tail of the betta and vice versa.
Depending on the size of your tank you could go for things like rummy nose tetra, black tetra, harlequin tetra, platies, x-ray tetra etc. But really we need to know the size of the tank.

Re: Community fish advice

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:37 pm
by Jonahjones26
It's a superfish wave 15l with enclosed heater & filter

Re: Community fish advice

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:40 pm
by Getthejist
I think your LFS has given you some bad advice if they think you can have those neons, a betta, some shrimp and a snail. Personally I would only have a betta and two amano shrimp in there because all of those fish/invertabrates will be producing to much waste for your filter to handle, I have the filter and its quite good but won't be able to handle that many animals. Another thing is that even if the filter can handle all of those animals the nitrates will go up quickly. I've found that neons are also quite active and require quite a bit of room to swim whereas bettas aren't to active and are more relaxed when they swim which is why I think the betta would be fine. Also I find unless your tank is quite well planted a betta will harass cherry shrimp (not necessarily kill them) I always chose amanos if the fish are reasonably big in comparison to the shrimp.

Re: Community fish advice

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:48 pm
by malakye
That tank is way too small for anything other than a betta. The way you were talking I assumed it was a larger tank sorry.