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jjsscaa_
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« on: February 21, 2016, 07:46:40 PM »

Just upgraded my 30 gallon to a 55 gallon after a bad outbreak of Ich some new fish brought in. Sadly, there were only 3 remaining survivors, including the 2 new fish that infected the 30 gallon.

After cycling and prepping everything for the 55 gallon we moved all of our fish (including a male beta in another 15 gallon tank) into it.

1 kissing gourami (great non aggressive personality)
1 male beta (extremely intelligent and attentive)
and the 2 high fin platy's that got everyone sick
(as well as a youth Japanese trap door snail)

It's heavily planted and there will be a custom built "hotel" like rock wall. using 6-7'' long, by 2.5'' wide PVC pipe and slate.

I have absolutely no idea what to add to the tank, or what would work.

The gourami and male beta get along amazingly, so much so i don't want to separate them.
 
ideally I'd really like to add in another gourami, either a Platinum or Opaline gourami,
2 Cherry Barbs
2 Green Tiger Barbs
more high fin platys (maybe have a total of 5?)
and as many Rams as possible.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do?

I've been struggling with this for mouth!
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2016, 11:54:04 PM »

Hi jjsscaa,

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•   Use your 15 gallon tank for a QT tank for your future fish purchases
•   Add approx. 12 more Cherry Bars instead of the Green Tiger Barbs
•   Find a new home for your Kissing Gourami. Your aquarium will not accommodate the growth of that fish……It will get huge
•   I would limit the Rams to a single pair
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2016, 12:53:59 AM »

Hi russ, thank you for replying.

First of all, I made a mistake, the Kissing Gourami is actually a Sunset Thicklip Gourami, from what I believe. He was labeled as a "Honey Gourami", however he looks 100% like a Sunset Thicklip Gourami and nothing like the Honey; he's roughly 3 inches, probably a little under, and roughly 8 months old.

My apologize for that.

How come you're suggesting 12 Cherry Barbs instead of the Green Tiber Barbs?

Are there any other fish you would suggest to add?

Would the Platinum or Opaline Gourami be a good addition?

How many high fins would you recommend? (currently, I have two, which are roughly 2 inches long)

Thank you so much for answering all of my questions.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2016, 09:53:22 PM »

New stocking plan.


1 Sunset Thicklip Gourami - male
2 Platinum Gourami - female
8-12 Cherry Barb
2 German Blue Rams


Any thoughts?
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2016, 10:22:50 AM »

Your latest stocking plan looks good to me. Just make sure that the two platinums are both females.   I think that the reason for not stocking tiger barbs is that they can be very aggressive to other fish in the tank and cherry barbs are not.  If you are going for a community tank, it is best to have them all getting along. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2016, 12:58:26 PM »

thank you so much!!

we pick up the fish later this week or weekend.

i'll post pictures of the tank once it's all set up.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2016, 01:03:55 PM »

You are going to QT the new fish in your 15 for 4-6 weeks, right?
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2016, 05:37:07 PM »

I recommend not obtaining all those fish at the same time. I would start with the Cherry Barbs > quarantine at least 4 weeks w/platies > transfer to main tank then > 2 Gourami w/existing gourami > quarantine at least 4 weeks > transfer to main tank then > Rams > quarantine 6 weeks > transfer to main tank = happier aquarist  happy

Betta? Hmmm. I can't think of a place for him during QT. Maybe leave him in your 30? Oh, the 30gal...What are you planning for that tank? That may also be used for a QT and then can QT all but the Rams at the same time.
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