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Old 03-07-2013, 10:13 PM   #1 
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I'm interested in starting a sorority, but do I have too many tankmates?

I'm moving the male I was originally housing in my 20G community to a divided 10G with my other male, because he seems very stressed. And I've decided that instead of getting an axolotl, I want to focus on a community tank. But I might already have too many fish to add a sorority and that's fine if that's the case, but I would love to have one!

Right now I have:
6 Albino Cories
2 Mickey Mouse Platys
2 Zebra Danios
I'm adding:
4 Zebra Danios to complete my school
5 Cherry Shrimp
I know I'd need to have 5-6 female bettas for a completely sorority. Is that way overstocked? The tank will be heavily planted before they're introduced and I'll probably do 2-3 at a time. Are the tankmates I have decently compatible? I'm just starting to research sororities so any help I can get would be wonderful! Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:47 PM   #2 
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It is technically, but with plenty of filtration, plants and a diligent water change schedule I reckon you could pull it off. :)
However, danios are sub-tropical and happier in water around 72F. They are hardy enough to tolerate the high-end tropical water (78F) that bettas like, but they won't be as happy and probably won't live as long.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:06 AM   #3 
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Humm that is very true (and truth me told, I'm worried about fin nipping with the danios as well). If I keep it around 76-77 both species will be okay, though it's not entirely ideal for either. I'll have to consider that compromise. I just don't like the thought of giving up my danios. They've been with me for over a year and struggled through two moves and power outages. And they're so big and fat now.

My filter is suitable, so maybe when I get it properly planted I'll make a definite decision. I'll do some further research and wait until I have my plants established. Thanks for your advice (as always!). I'm always learning, haha.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:13 AM   #4 
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I'd rehome the danios and go for rasboras ... my favorite is rasbora hengeli ..
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Personally, I wouldn't do it if you are going to keep the danios.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:38 PM   #6 
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Rather than rehome the danios, if that isn't your preference, go for a centrepiece fish that doesn't mind cooler water (75Fish) and try a sorority later. :)
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:45 PM   #7 
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A single honey gourami would be a nice centerpiece fish.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:03 PM   #8 
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You guys are great.

I'll try to rehome them while I work on planting my tank, but if it doesn't work out I think I will simply complete their school and get a showcase fish (that's a wonderful idea!). I adore gouramis, so I actually think I may even go in that direction. I know I won't be able to get another large tank any time soon due to space, so I might just save the sorority for a few years down the road, which I am willing to do. I would love one, but I want all my fish to be happy, healthy, and not too overcrowded. So we'll see how it plays out.

I'd still love some more opinions and advice though!
Esp. on some pretty showcase fish. c;
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:38 AM   #9 
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Another good centerpiece fish would be a Bolivian Ram. Not a German Blue Ram! Bolivians like cooler waters around 76 degrees, where as Germans like it at 82 Degrees.

I also like Badis Badis.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:44 AM   #10 
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So I have found my danios a new home (I found the interested party on Tumblr, whee!). Right now, I feel my options are fairly open. Still considering a sorority, but I'm determined to get my females from this site, so we'll see how everything pans out. The tank temp. is already up to 76 and still rising a tad with the new heater. Waiting for my API master kit to get here, but I'll know the water conditions for sure very soon (getting tired of test strips that aren't reliable)!
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