Just looking for some ideas to add to my 30 gallon tank. New/more fish, possibly some beginner live plants, maybe a good algae eating fish...? I've tried a nerite or two, but my betta HATES snails and will flare at the snail until he's dead tired :/
I've got a lovely 30 gallon tank from my friends. I've got pool filter sand as a substrate, and currently has an AquaClear 50 HOB filter and an AquaClear 20 filter as well. The 20 will be removed once the 50 has fully seeded (the 20 was in my fully cycled 10 gallon and used to jump start my cycle on the 30 gallon). Almost all the fish in the 30 gallon were from 2 of my cycled 10 gallon tanks, but once I got the 30 gallon, I wanted to decrease the amount of tanks I had.
Current residents of the tank are:
1 male betta
10 neon tetras (5 recently added last Thursday)
5 harlequin rasboras
6 Julii corydoras
The betta in my tank has NO issue with any of the fish in the tank. He is super laid back and doesn't even put up a fuss when the rasboras steal his food as he's about to eat it. I've never seen him chase another fish, only flared once when a rasbora got too in his face, but it's never escalated, hasn't flared at a fish since.
I originally had 5 neons, but found them to be a bit shy still, so I increased their numbers and it has brought them out a lot more. The rasboras are not shy at all, and often steal my betta's food while he's eating. I have thought of getting more to increase their school, but it also limits the amount of different kinds of fish I can add.
I hope to add more corydoras, either more julii or perhaps panda. I've considered moving my 4 albinos corydoras into this tank as well, perhaps buying another 2 albinos to increase the numbers. I'm finding my julii corys are not as active as my albinos. The albinos leave the sand spotless in their tank, where it seems the jullis are not cleaning up as much as I hoped. I can order quite a few different kinds of corydoras from my work's supplier, but I love the look of the Julii corys. They seem rather skittish still - once pay day rolls around, I hope to pick up a few more hides for them. My hope is that more corys in the tank will help them be less skittish.
I've considered live plants, but I do not have much of a green thumb, and want to stick to the sand I have right now...
I have my light on a timer for 10 hours right now. My previous 10 gallons have had some serious algae issues... I tried otos, but they didn't last long, even though there was plenty of algae and my ammonia was 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5ish (trying to remember off the top of my head lol). Is there a recommended algae eater for a 30 gallon if I suddenly am having issues with algae?? Again, snails make my betta flare until he's dead tired...
Here's my 30 gallon:
Also, can someone tell me if these are true Julii corydoras, or the false? I'm not bothered either way, as I find them adorable, I'm just curious. The supplier said they were Julii corys.
To sum up my questions:
1) Any suggestions on other fish?
2) Should I add new fish, or increase my rasboras?
3) Should I increase my julii corys, or try a different kind of cory?
4) Should I move my albinos into the 30 gallon, even though they are happy in their tank?
5) What would be a good algae eater for a 30 gallon, other than otos and snails (bad luck with both lol)