I have been putting a lot of thought into the stocking of these tanks now.
20 Gallon Stocking
I have 1 Male Black Sailfin Molly, 1 Bristlenose Pleco and 7 almost 1 inch Red Wag Platy’s in the 20 gallon tank right now.
I’m thinking I can add one Bolivian Ram to this tank and call it stocked until I add the two female Mollies for breeding. Thoughts on this?
Compatibility/Temperament: Peaceful, an excellent cichlid for a community tank of characins, smaller catfish species, rasbora, small loaches, gourami; will co-exist with angels and discus.
Soft to moderately hard (hardness to 12 dGH), acidic to slightly basic (pH to 7.8) water, temperature 24-27C/76-80F.
29 Gallon Stocking
I currently have 1 Female Kribensis Cichlid, 1 Male Sailfin Lyretail Molly, 8 Neon Tetras, 4 Bronze Cory. I was thinking instead of adding another Cichlid I could add a Dwarf Gourami to this mixture. That along with the more tetras and corys, maybe 1-2 platys and it will be finished! I know the Kribensis would rule over the Gourami as she will grow to be a bit bigger. Thoughts?
Compatibility/Temperament: Both shy and territorial, this fish can be maintained in a larger community aquarium with peaceful and quiet tankmates but usually not other gourami or active, boisterous fish. Males are territorial with other males. Sometimes other brightly-coloured fish will cause this fish to become aggressive.
Soft to moderately hard (hardness < 18 dGH), acidic to slightly basic (pH 6 to 7.5) water, temperature 23-28C/73-82F.
With two female mollies in with the male in the 20 I will have plenty of babies in the 20 gallon tank. The 20 will also house Platys which will most likely reproduce as well. The majority of these fish will all be inbred but what can I do. I hope the majority of the fry will be eaten. Those who live will be moved into the 10 gallon tank after the quarantine period for the Gourami has finished.
If I decide to get any of these fish they will have to be quarantined in the 10 gallon for at least a month. This means all the platy babies and the two mollies will have to be moved. Any extra platys will be sold or donated.
I don’t think I will quarantine the Neons and the Cories, Just the Gourami or the Bolivian. The Ram may have to wait but I am almost set on that Gourami. Maybe a breeding pair? They sell females at our local Wal Mart. Thoughts?
Aside from stocking I will be taking pictures of the tanks tonight and posting them later.
The male molly in the 29 has been doing a lot better. His swelling has gone down and he is now doing really good.
The Kribensis got her purple back and is really running that tank. I don’t want to get her a male partner because I know they will chase everyone off while spawning. Those African Cichlids can get mean.
In the 20, the new baby platys are doing great. They have made themselves at home. I just need to get them on a regular food schedule like the 10 gallon.