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Hi, I recently lost a lot of fish in my tank ( had a family crisis and neglected it. Needless to say my fish all got sick). I haven't lost any for a few weeks and would like to get some more as the tank seems quite empty. I am looking to buy some after christmas as hopefully I will know if my fish are healthy again by then.

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87 litre tank with small black gravel substrate (currently being planted with vallis)
I currently have:

7 harlequins,
5 rummy nose tetra,
1 pencil fish
7 amano shrimp


What would you recommend I add? I would like a little more colour but something easy to care for as we have another baby coming in November.

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What's the water hardness?
That will help with suggestions. :)
Is this a 2.5' tank or a 2' tank in length?

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Hi,

it is L2.7" x W 0.9" x H 1.5"

or 76cm x W30cm x H45.7cm

ph 7.2

fine gravel substrate

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The 7.2ph isn't the hardness. ;)
You can find the hardness on the supplier's website - it'll be either mg/l, ppm, GH or something like that. :)

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If unsure on your actual water hardness then which part of Warwickshire do you live, the hardness can be looked up.
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Hi,

So sorry. I should know that lol. (i realise thats acid / alkaline ) :blush:
Here is what Severn Trent said


Hardness Level Slightly Hard

Hardness Clark 10.48
Hardness French 14.98
Hardness German 8.39

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Your water is only moderately hard at 8.39dGH (German).

You also need to make sure that the fish are tank water temperature compatible.
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The pencils are a bit more fussy and need softer water, the others should be ok(ish). :)
What sort of thing were you looking at...colours, size, amount?

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Cardinals go nicely with harlequin Rasbora and rummynose tetra (from experience, although i’m used to gH of 2!) and would be a nice splash of colour

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Hi, I was looking to add some bottom dwellers and a pair of something like dwarf gouramis

Or 6 schooling fish and some colourful shrimp.

But I am open to suggestions. I want some more colour and more activity at the bottom of the tank.
I am mindful that I don't want to be over stocked. So not sure how many more fish I can fit. Probably another 8 at most dependant on size.

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