Originally Posted by Angelnstuff
bleh it seems like the nitrites will never go down.. ive tested it a few times now and theres never any ammonia but the nitrites are like the top of the chart.. i wanna fishy
i still cant decide what i want in the tank.. i was thinking either just getting 2 gold fish..
or getting a heater (cuz our started making funny noises one day and we havent used it since) and getting guppies, neon tetras, platys and a small pleco.. sound ok? maybe some swordtails or barbs.. i dont think i can do barbs tho, cuz they get nippy right?
most of these fish stay small, so how many do you think i could have in a 29 gal tnak without it being too crowded, maybe 10-15?
Oh, don't worry, that sounds normal
. Nitrites take forever to go down but when they do they disapear really fast. Like, one day you'll test and they'll be off the roof and then the next day there are only trace amounts. Then you just wait a couple days to make sure they don't spike again and then you can get fishies.
Two small goldfish would be good...just don't get the comet (feeder) goldfish. Those guys do best in ponds or huuuuge tanks. Instead go for the "fancy" varieties like black moors and orandas
Neon tetras are awesome. Some people don't have much luck with them...they occasionally die off for no reason. I've personally never had any issues, though. They like to school so it's a good idea to get at least five or six.
Guppies are always nice. I would get at least two so they can be buddies. Some people claim you need to keep them in male/female pairs but I disagree. It's not good for the female to keep having babies constantly and I generally just keep males. Males might nip at each other and other fish if you don't have enough hiding spots so get plenty of plants and decorations
Platies are one of my favorite fish species. They are colorful, peaceful, and tons of fun to watch. I would get two or three...make sure they are the same sex. If you must mix genders then only have one male and a few females.
I would avoid plecos. Regardless of what some petstore people might tell you they don't do well in smaller tanks. Most species need at least a 55-gallon but many need even more room. They are also soooo messy...you might have problems with water quality. Oh, and most plecos only eat algae as a last resort and end up starving if other foods aren't provided. Overall, they aren't good algae eaters. If you want something to munch on algae I would go with oto cats or apple snails. Avoid Chinese algae eaters...they get big, aggressive, and turn into carnivores.
There is one pleco species that would be fine in your tank and that is the bristlenose/bushynose pleco
. So if ya really want a pleco that would be a good one to get. But they are still messy, lol.
Swordtails are a bit bigger then platies but have similar requirements. A pair would be great.
Yes, many barbs are nippy. Cherry Barbs aren't that bad, though. They are shy and peaceful fish that need a nicely planted tank. You can house them singly or in groups. The males turn a bright cherry red when they want to breed.
For your last question it depends on what kinds of fish you decide on. You want smaller fish but some are messier then others and will add more to the bio-load. For example, swordtails and plecos are going to be messier then neon tetras or cherry barbs. You could easily have over twenty neons or cherry barbs but if you had 20+ platies it would be over-stocking. 10-15 fish does sound about right depending on species. If it was my tank and I was picking out of the fish you listed this is what I would do:
Three fancy guppies
Five neon tetras
Five or six cherry barbs
One bristlenose pleco or a trio of oto cats
But if you keep up on water changes, have a good filter, and plant the tank with a bunch of live plants you could easily add a few more fish once the tank is stable
If you wanted to do more livebearers your stocking list might look more like this:
Four fancy guppies
An apple snail
See what I mean? Depends on the species
I also just wanted to say thank you so much for being a responsible fish owner and doing fishless cycling. It's also great that you are researching fish and figuring out what you want before buying them. I wish more people were like that.