If you're going to keep Kuhlis I would not use a soil substrate. Kuhlis will dig into the substrate to bury themselves and you'll end up with soil floating in the water all of the time.
A Betta isn't compatible with Danios as they need moderately cool conditions, below 26C whereas a Betta will need it to be around 28C.
Most tetras and barbs will nip at a Betta so neither is a good match. You'd be better off looking at some of the smaller species such as Mosquito rasboras, Lambchop rasboras or possibly Ember tetras or maybe Harlequins.
Bear in mind that some Bettas will attack any other fish or be very stressed out by their presence which is why it's often recommended that they are kept alone. It's advisable to have a backup plan ready to go in case he is like that
Hello I'm still in the process of setting put my 30 gallon tank (L-80cm W-39 cm H-47 cm) it won't be running till next year. I'm still buying substrate as it'll be a planted tank and treatments so it isn't running. I plan on having 6-8 kuhli loaches (it'll be soil with sand ontop for them), a Betta fish and some schooling fish tetras, Danios or barbs. I need help deciding what schooling fish to get and how many as I don't want to over stock the tank and i don't want the Betta getting nipped. Any advice is welcome x
To cycle the tank effectively you need a constant ammonia level of 3ppm or more. This is virtually impossible to achieve with fish food as you can't dose and top up accurately or immediately it falls, which are both essential. Fish food is designed to resist decay so is not ideal as it takes time to break down and you need a huge amount to produce enough ammonia to be meaningful. I strongly recommend switching to liquid ammonia.
Hi I’m not using liquid ammonia. I’m just dropping a little fish food in tank every few days. There is signs of ammonia in water, but not high at the moment. I know it had to peak before it gets better. Tank has only been going for just under a week.
Ammonia at .5 is quite toxic to fish and will be the cause of death. Change at least 50% of the water to get that down and test daily, changing water whenever you see ammonia until such time as the reading returns to 0. Also test daily for nitrite as a nitrite spike often follows on from an ammonia spike and if you see nitrite, treat the same way as for ammonia.
Hi all. So I've started up a brand new tank 60L. Its currently running a fishless cycle. The tank has an internal filter and is planted with real plants. Eventually when water is good to go, i will be ready to slowly stock. Im thinking of starting with Platies as my water is slightly hard. would three be a good number to start with or would two be better? Thanks in advance
Thanks for your reply and the advice. We made a decision and donated the 2 Leopards to an aquatics shop today.
The readings this morning (pre-water change) were Ammonia 0.5 (API test strip) and Nitrate 25mg and Nitrite 0 (Tetra test strip). I do a 10L water change every 1-2 weeks.
From what you are saying what I understood to be true about the tanks capacity is wrong. I shall not add anymore fish then but I simply don't have room anywhere in my home for a bigger tank. I thought I was being cautious but clearly I have gone wrong somewhere.