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Whilst I'm waiting for my tank to cycle (getting close now), I thought I'd get a list of fish together in preparation for the big day.

Was thinking about a shoal of x-ray or Cardinal tetras (6 or so), a few corys and probably some Danios/Guppies.

Could I stock more than this to start? I read that you can almost fully stock after a fishless cycle, but I'm a bit wary of this. Also, I read that tetras, although being hardy, are not a great choice for a newly cycled tank and are better a few weeks/months in?

In the future I'm interested in:

- Angelfish
- Glass Catfish
- Clown Loach(es)
- More Corys
- Siamese Flying Fish
- Anchor Catfish
- Amano shrimps

I have no idea about compatibility with the above choices. My water pH is around 7.6-8 and although I've not measured it using a kit, my TDS is around 450 and my water company claims a 'slightly hard' water hardness of 8.33 (Hardness German).

Any thoughts?
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Others can help with most of those fish (I’m really not knowledgeable enough on tropicals) but the clown loaches need to be in a big tank (6 foot plus) and in groups of 6 or more so they might not be a good choice.

Have a look at seriouslyfish.com as they have good info about water suitability. Aqadvisor is good for stocking levels.

Your water is a bit like mine. Slightly hard at 8ish but a very high TDS so go on the degrees hardness not TDS as the TDS is measuring all dissolved matter not just hardness.
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How big is the tank ?

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(13-05-2019, 08:54 AM)Cheltgirl Wrote: Others can help with most of those fish (I’m really not knowledgeable enough on tropicals) but the clown loaches need to be in a big tank (6 foot plus) and in groups of 6 or more so they might not be a good choice.

Have a look at seriouslyfish.com as they have good info about water suitability. Aqadvisor is good for stocking levels.

Your water is a bit like mine. Slightly hard at 8ish but a very high TDS so go on the degrees hardness not TDS as the TDS is measuring all dissolved matter not just hardness.

Many thanks CG - I'll check out those sites.

That's interesting regarding the clown loaches. My tank is only 110cm (200L), so they would be a no-go for my setup. Glad I asked now.
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(13-05-2019, 09:07 AM)DoubleDutch Wrote: How big is the tank ?

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It's an AquaOak 200 DD.

https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/product/aqu...nd-cabinet

110cm, 200L
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It’s an exciting time when you’re close to fish stocking. There’s so much choice even with hard water.
We wanted interest in as much of the water column as possible, although no surface feeders which is fine, the tetras and barbs do come up into the floating plants searching for food as do the Amano Shrimp. So plenty of activity there. We have albino and bronze Corys which are just bonkers fish, they bumble about all over the tank really, obviously mainly at the bottom, they add plenty of character and love surfing in the bubbles
When you check a fish and it’s care, the site usually advises on compatibility with others and also say if they are aggressive.
Keep us posted Smile
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(13-05-2019, 10:41 AM)Annie Wrote: It’s an exciting time when you’re close to fish stocking. There’s so much choice even with hard water.
We wanted interest in as much of the water column as possible, although no surface feeders which is fine, the tetras and barbs do come up into the floating plants searching for food as do the Amano Shrimp. So plenty of activity there. We have albino and bronze Corys which are just bonkers fish, they bumble about all over the tank really, obviously  mainly at the bottom, they add plenty of character and love surfing in the bubbles
When you check a fish and it’s care, the site usually advises on compatibility with others and also say if they are aggressive.
Keep us posted Smile

Sounds like you have some real characters in your aquarium Annie! It's definitely an exciting time - the kids don't stop asking if we can add the fish yet Smile

Will do some reading before we buy to ensure compatibility.
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It's too small to have angels with anything else I'm afraid.
Just about big enough for a group of glass cats.
Nowhere near big enough for clown loaches, and I wouldn't mix loaches with corys anyway as they can damage the corys by accident with their opercular spines.
What's a Siamese Flying fish? Fighters (bettas) don't do well in smaller community tanks (under 4') and Siamese Algae Eaters (SAE) are too big for the tank, again you need 3+, so bare minimum 4' tank.
I wouldn't look at anything over 3" when adult if you want a group of fish together. Larger groups of tetras (10+) look better than smaller groups.
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(13-05-2019, 08:02 PM)plankton Wrote: It's too small to have angels with anything else I'm afraid.
Just about big enough for a group of glass cats.
Nowhere near big enough for clown loaches, and I wouldn't mix loaches with corys anyway as they can damage the corys by accident with their opercular spines.
What's a Siamese Flying fish? Fighters (bettas) don't do well in smaller community tanks (under 4') and Siamese Algae Eaters (SAE) are too big for the tank, again you need 3+, so bare minimum 4' tank.
I wouldn't look at anything over 3" when adult if you want a group of fish together. Larger groups of tetras (10+) look better than smaller groups.

Apologies, I meant Siamese Flying Fox.
https://www.thinkfish.co.uk/fish/siamese...g-fox.html

Thanks for the other info.
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Yes, that's the SAE, not a fox, still too big and fast for a smaller tank. Wink
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/fwsubwebindex/saes.htm
https://www.thekrib.com/Fish/Algae-Eaters/
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