29/36 gallon stocking options? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
MameJenny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 980
29/36 gallon stocking options?

I'm thinking of starting a betta sorority in the next few months. I currently have a 1.5 gallon planted betta tank, and I also had a saltwater tank for a while.

I've pretty much narrowed it down to either a 29 gallon or a 36 gallon bow front. I don't want a huge tank, but I want something bigger than my other tanks. I love betta fish, so I've decided to make it a heavily planted betta sorority community. I'd like for it to be slightly understocked instead of overstocked. Here's my idea for stocking:

-6 or 8 female bettas
-A small school of tetras (probably either 6-8 neons or 6-8 orange von rio tetras)
-1 or 2 African dwarf frogs
-A few Nerite Snails
-Possibly a few ghost shrimp

I would like to add a larger "show fish" to the tank as well. I'd like to get a colorful 4-6 inch long fish that won't beat up/be beaten up by any of the other inhabitants. Any ideas?
MameJenny is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 07:52 AM
Member
 
MaisyDawgThirteen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,469
Do you know how hardness/PH of your water? That makes a big difference in how you stock your tank. Bettas don't really mind, Neons like soft water, and snails prefer hard water.

I'd avoid ADF'S as they can be tricky to feed, they have terrible eye-sight, and the other fish sometimes steal their food. ADF's can work in a community with a bit of effort. ;)

Neons often die quickly as they have been over/poorly bred and their immune systems are usually quite weak. This is not always the case, though.

You'd be better of with the 29 gallon - bettas (AS well as most tropical fish) prefer a long tank rather than a tall one.

10 Gallon Tank:
~Countless Pond Snails~1 Espe's Rasbora~1 Harlequin Rasbora~

5 and 5.5 Gallon Tanks:
~empty~

Avatar by Fenghuang
Many of my scaly friends from my original tank from 2011 have passed, except for two! I am in the process of re-doing my tank. :)
MaisyDawgThirteen is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
MameJenny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 980
I have access to RO/DI water. I'm not sure what the PH of the pure RO/DI is, but I remember that I had to use special reef salt in my saltwater tank to get it above 7.8. I think the PH of the RO/DI is lower than that (should be about 7.0). I'm not sure what the PH of my tap water is, since I've never used it for my fish.

I didn't know that about the neons. Would it make a difference if I got them from a small-scale fish store? I'll probably go with the orange tetras anyway, since it seems like everyone and their mother keeps neon tetras. ;)

Any ideas for the one large "show" fish? I'm still not sure what species would work with the bettas, not have to be kept in a school, and be happy in a 29 or 36 gallon tank. I was originally thinking a rainbowfish or a molly, but the rainbowfish are schooling fish and I've read that mollies don't get along with bettas.
MameJenny is offline  
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 01:59 PM
Member
 
djembekah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Washington
Posts: 1,108
hm. you can probably do a bristlenose pleco? they're usually like, white (albino) or the brownish color, but they can be okay alone as far as i know. have you thought about cory cats?

my 29 high has 4 female bettas, 5 bronze cories, 7 zebra danios, 3 snails (an adult and two babies) and an albino bristlenose pleco. it also has a couple plants, soon to be more i hope!

~bekah
i like fish and piercings and yarn
http://freshwaterfish.tumblr.com
i <3 snails
55 gallon planted journal

ukuleles djembes and happiness
djembekah is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
MameJenny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 980
Well, after looking at some fish and aquariums in person, I've gotten some new ideas for my stocking plan. I'm now pretty sure that I'll go with the 36 gallon acrylic bow front tank, which measures 30"L x 15"W x 21"H.

How does this stocking plan look? I've really started to like rainbowfish, and I'm starting to think that I might prefer to have a small school of tiny rainbows instead of just one large fish. Would this work in a 36 bowfront?

-6 female bettas
-6 orange von rio tetras
-4-6 threadfin or dwarf neon rainbowfish
-2-3 ghost shrimp
-Maybe a few nerite snails

Also, just realized I never mentioned this - in addition to the live plants I plan to have, I'm also planning to use an AquaClear 70 filter. Would this be too much/too little filtration and water flow for the above inhabitants?
MameJenny is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 01:39 AM
Member
 
djembekah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Washington
Posts: 1,108
i plugged it into aqadvisor.com. here is what it says!



Note: Betta [Female] can still become aggressive even if she doesn't show aggression right away. Not recommended to be mixed with peaceful community species. Also, they may jump - lids are recommended.

Recommended temperature range: 24 - 27 C. [Display in Farenheit]
Recommended pH range: 7 - 7.5.
Recommended hardness range: 10 - 12 dH.


You have plenty of aquarium filtration capacity.

Your aquarium filtration capacity for above selected species is 224%.
Recommended water change schedule: 17% per week.
Your aquarium stocking level is 72%.

IMO you could do a few more fish, i'd add female bettas, in this case ^-^ plenty of filtration

~bekah
i like fish and piercings and yarn
http://freshwaterfish.tumblr.com
i <3 snails
55 gallon planted journal

ukuleles djembes and happiness
djembekah is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
MameJenny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 980
In that case, I might go with 8 or 9 bettas and maybe a few extra ghost shrimp. I'd rather keep the tank a bit understocked to keep the weekly maintenance down. Thanks for your help!
MameJenny is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 02:28 AM
Reference Team
 
LittleBettaFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 8,208
Threadfins and rainbows are really sensitive about water quality and I personally would not put Threadfins in with bettas as they are quite delicate and shy. They really need their own set-up or one that only houses smaller peaceful species to look their best.

Something like pseudomugil furcatus or even tenellus would do well as they are boisterous and big enough to hold their own in a tank like that. My current rainbows get beat up by the tenellus males all the time. Blue-eyes are pretty feisty, and look stunning when they spar.


LittleBettaFish is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
MameJenny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 980
How about dwarf neon rainbows? I think they're a bit bigger and faster than threadfins. Would they be okay with the bettas?
MameJenny is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
14 gallon stocking options! SaylorKennedy Betta Fish Compatibility 7 09-09-2009 09:55 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome