Oh boy, I bet you guys hear this a lot.
With a sorority starting up on Friday, I've decided my summer project will be stocking the remainder of my non-betta tanks. I've been poking around the internet and have several ideas, but I figured I'd get some opinions from you guys, since you've always been so awesome for tips in the past. :)
What I have:
- 1 5g Minibow setup with gravel bottom, filtered moderately, heated to a tropical range
- 1 5g basic rectangular tank with gravel bottom, filtered lightly; not currently heated because I wasn't sure if I'd be getting a species that needed it or not
- 1 10g basic rectangular tank, bare-bottom aside from smooth river rocks, filtered lightly, not heated for the same reasons
- 1 10g mostly-rectangular tank (I say mostly because it's more like a long hexagon), not set up yet and free for me to do as I please with
What I can get:
- pretty much any form of heater, filtration or aquarium accessory sold in major petstores
- more additional aquarium-specific items, as we have a pretty awesome aquarium store about half an hour from here
- I currently have kind of a lot of large-ish silk plants. My choice of live plants is LIMITED but not terrible.
- I also have a ton of leftover smooth
gravel from the sorority setup, and can easily access sand and other forms of substrate.
What I'm looking for:
- Likely solitary fish for the two 5 gallons; I'd opt for bettas but I have quite enough bettas on my hands now. I realize space makes my options limited, so really I'm just looking for something that'll be good on its own. I'm also considering non-fish, such as shrimp and snails. (I've heard gouramis might work?)
- One schooling species for one of the ten-gallons. I am NOT interested in a multi-species community tank; I would feel more comfortable without having to worry about how different species interact, and just taking care of one species per tank. Obviously the ten-gallon is still sort of limiting, but both were freebies so I'm not complaining. :) I'm less interested in having a tank full of fish, and more interested in having fish whose personalities and habits I can get to know.
- I'm also considering, if possible, one or two larger non-schooling fish for the other ten gallon. (I've heard certain breeds of gouramis also might work for this? Maybe cories?) Again, getting to know the fish is more important to me than having a perfect pretty tank with colourful fish swimming in all directions. (Can you tell I'm used to bettas?)
So, YEAH. Any opinions from people more experienced than me would be greatly, greatly appreciated. You guys rock.