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Pairs for the community tank
« on: May 19, 2017, 02:49:54 PM »
Hi everyone, I just want to pick your brains about fish you can keep in the community tank in pairs? My lovely friends used to keep tropical fish when they were at uni and are excited about my new tank and they would like to buy me a couple of fish I can't really think of anything suitable that's readily available and will like hard water ph 7.8 the tank is 3ft so can accommodate a medium sized pair as long as they won't eat anything smaller like platies

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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 02:55:15 PM »
    Not sure exactly how hard your water is, but how about dwarf cockatoo cichlids? I think they prefer a harem arrangement. Gingerlove05 has hard water & he has some (with babies too, at the moment).

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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 02:58:07 PM »
    I have not heard of them before I will look them up thank you 😀

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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 03:31:44 PM »
    Yeah my cockatoos (apistogramma cacatuoides) are doing rather well, i started with 4 (1m, 3f), i lost one female, but they have recently bred. The males are very pretty, fins like fire (as I describe them). Dont get any other species of apisto, as they will not like hard water.
    Another alternative for your hard water would be Forktail rainbowfish (Pseudomugil furcatus). They're another species i looked at, a shoal of 6+ is best. I got Signifer rainbowfish (Pseudomugil signifer) instead and they also seem to be doing well.
    My water is around 14dGh


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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 03:48:18 PM »
    Also just realised the title of the thread....*wanders off back to the corner*


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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 05:43:02 PM »
    Ahahahaha 😝 poor gingerlove! Would a pair of moonlight gourami work or are they soft water? Also they get quite big so maybe they would eat everything?

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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 06:19:50 PM »
    How hard is your water? Most gourami tend to be soft water, i've made that mistake and fortunately still have 3 of my gourami left, but for how long i cant say.
    The moonlight might be a bit big for your tank ;)


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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 06:53:56 PM »
    It's 16GDH dammit I'm trying to remember what I have seen in the shops! Moonlight gourami was one I remember seeing everywhere and rams I haven't really been looking at fish that live in pairs as they tend to be bigger and more aggressive so I've been looking at the nice easy noob fish!

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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 07:49:57 PM »
    Rams are also soft water like most of the dwarf south american cichlids. And quite fussy


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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 08:11:44 PM »
    I've also been looking for some 'centrepiece' fish that would work with my platies. Unfortunately I've yet to find anything for hard water that I can just keep a couple of, the fish that suit need to be kept as a group. I had to cross the cockatoo cichlids off my list as I have Amano shrimp. The shrimp are fab, and I love them, but they would probably end up getting eaten by the cichlids.

    Ooh - I've had an idea. Your tank is a bit bigger than mine. I wonder if you could keep a few mollies, or even sailfin mollies? They like hard water, but I'm not sure if I've read that they don't do so well when kept with other fish, or is that just black mollies? Anyway, they could be worth looking into, but you'll have to see if your tank is big enough for the sailfin, as I don't know much about them.

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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #10 on: May 19, 2017, 08:29:45 PM »
    Actually, just found a sticky by Plankton on mollies. They can be prone to infections when kept in freshwater with other fish species.

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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #11 on: May 19, 2017, 11:21:13 PM »
    Oh buggerations! Back to the drawing board 😂😂 thanks suelo, damn our hard water

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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #12 on: May 20, 2017, 12:24:38 AM »
    Hard water is easy to stock for, as long as your not after corys, tetra, gourami, SA dwarf cichlids, plecs etc lol ;)


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    Re: Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #13 on: May 20, 2017, 08:37:06 AM »
    Molly and Platy do quite well together @24C

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    Would a pair of moonlight gourami work or are they soft water?
    They would work but not if you have Platy as the moonlight gourami prefer warmer water at around 27C which is too warm for Platy.

    Lake Tebera Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi) would be fine at 24C but best in a group of 5 or 6.
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    6 foot (600L) tank - Bolivian theme (Rio Mamoré/Rio Iténez)
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    5 x Cupid Cichlids, 5 x Flag Cichlids, 4 x Red Breasted Acara, 19 x Glass Bloodfin Tetra, 13 x Black Widow Tetra, 12 x Sterbai Cory, 5 x Smudge-spot Cory

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    Pairs for the community tank
    « Reply #14 on: May 20, 2017, 08:50:42 AM »
    You've done the same as me Stephen ;) TN is looking for pairs :)
    I didnt think the terbera would fit a 3ft, i considered them for the 180l (it is just a tiny bit short of 3ft)

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