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The Tribulations Of Cycling A New Tank - Need Advice

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Re: The tribulations of cycling a new tank - need advice
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Yeah, that's plan "A". Assuming we can catch her! (This is not going to be easy.)

I wonder if a gourami would help with the problem. My daughter saw one at the Pets-at-Home that she's been talking about. She really wants a male betta, and I've veto'd that for putting in my tank with all the corys. We had devolved down to a female betta, but if there's a chance she would be cranky to the corys (the ones we want to keep alive), it would seem some other fish would be the option.

The pH of the water is holding at about 6.4 now, which is good. But probably still too acidic for a shrimp. Which are obscenely expensive in this country anyway! We used to pay the equivalent of about 20p per ghost shrimp in the States. The only ones we've found here are like ten times that! Oh, well, I may have to just shell out for a few and see if they'll help with the problem of the eggs.  I wonder if getting a male guppy... I seem to remember guppies were omnivorous?

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Re: The tribulations of cycling a new tank - need advice
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No guppies with your soft water I'm afraid. All livebearers are hard water fish.

Most fish will eat eggs. I don't like buying a fish to solve a problem, only fish that you want to have in the tank.

Honey gouramis would be OK in your water, and the tank size. I would avoid dwarf gouramis because of health problems. Apart form sparkling gouramis, the rest get too big for 60 litres.

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Re: The tribulations of cycling a new tank - need advice
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I'm not wild about buying an assassin, but there has to be balance in the tank or Big Bertha is going to live out her life in solitary, which is just mean.

We were going to, initially, try to get a school of flame tetras to go in there, as they are very small. Before we realized how many fry had survived. I think they might overload the tank now, though. And although they are tetras, I don't think they'd help with the overpopulation problem. The neons we have in the small tank (which has, thankfully, recycled itself) couldn't care less about fish eggs or fry. (I had read somewhere that tetras  would be good as they'd eat the fry. Maybe somebody else's fry, but ours don't. So I don't want to gamble on the flame tetras.)

Right now it's a 60litre tank, heavily planted, and has 9 albino corys in there (the three originals and the six surviving young). That I know of. There could be more.  Oh, and there's still little Rambo, the one fry that went in as an egg when we first started to cycle the tank. So 10 corys. The filter is rated for an 80 litre tank, but I don't like pushing the envelope with too many fish. (That is, after all, how we ended up with the larger tank.) When all those guys are grown, that's pretty much the limit of what that tank should have.

The daughter has wanted a betta, so that would not be an unwanted fish. She also saw a lovely gourami, but I am afraid it is a dwarf. (I know about the 20% of the ones being imported having that ghastly disease.)

Hmmm. Snail? Is there a kind of snail that eats eggs (and we also have some algae) that doesn't reproduce faster than a bunny?




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