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Linconooni

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Hello 😊

I’ve got a 180l tank. It’s got an external 1000l p/hr filter. Partially planted. Here’s a picture. I’m well chuffed with it, took a few weeks to reseal and build it as an upgrade from a smaller 60-70l tank.
The occupants are around 20 odd guppies of various ages (from newborn to full grown). Two 1” bristlenose. 6 platinum tetra. My favourites which are 3 vampire shrimp 🦐☺ Two wood shrimp and two little cherry shrimp

Are there any suggestions for stocking (when we can get out and purchase!!)?

water ph is around 6, on the soft side.

I might be interested in a pair of apistogrammas or rams. Some more shrimp. Half a dozen neon or cardinal tetra.

would any more than one pair of South American cichlids be a bad idea?

how about two or three female Bettas?

Do folk agree it’s reasonably stocked already or is there room for a bit more variety?

Thank you ! 😊

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fishorama

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Well, even dwarf cichlids will likely eat the small shrimp & might nip the larger 1s. Bettas, even females, usually pick on guppies. Neons would work, they like a lower temp. than cardinals so a better choice with the guppies. Get say, 8+.

You might consider a group of dwarf corydoras. Pygmys are more midwater swimmers, habrosus are more bottom only fish. Either would be better with 8 or even 12 of the same species. Pick just 1 species & get a bunch! If you have never kept corys they're very active & amusing but won't harm your other animals IME.
 
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the loach

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You know you have to target feed your vampire/bamboo shrimp? You probably want at least 1 betta to eat some of the guppy fry. Cardinals or neons at the very least 8... but do not mix.
 
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I would say some honey gourami, a trio of 2 females to 1 male, in place of the betta idea.

Theyre more peaceful and theyd happily snack on some fry. Theyre also more adept for the cooler temperatures the others in your tank need than a betta (bettas do better 78F+)
 

Linconooni

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I know it’s good for population control but I’m a bit adverse to the fry being munched on 😅

I’m definitely liking the idea of a busy little group of corys, along with the colour flash of the neons or cardinals.

I guess I’ll have to pass on the female betta or the apistos - as beautiful as they are, I don’t want any of the current inhabitants peaceful life disrupted! 🤗
 

Linconooni

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Spotted the lone cherry shrimp this morning, first time since they moved. Caught it in a pic with one of the vampire shrimp on the shelf behind. And then the little chocolate guy made an appearance too ☺339DD7B5-B18A-4B24-BC06-3095F543C7EA.jpeg
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