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I have two parrot fish about 3 and a half inches and a rubbernose pleco. I am looking to get 2 Earth Eaters (Geophagus taeniopareius, steindachneri or parnaibae I think all stay about 6 inches) and about 8 Peppered Corys. Are they okay to mix together?

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i dont know about your fish that you plan on adding but for the three pbs and pleco you need at least 40g of tanks space. how big is your tank. 1 parrot needs 30g and then 10g for each bp after.
mike

.. I have plenty of room 50 gallon. I only have 2 parrots.

you have enough room for the bp's but not the bp's plus 2 geophagus. That's the eqivalent of 4 bp's and you need more than a 50 gallon for that.

Ok... lets try this again with no one saying I need a bigger tank. I have a 50 gallon tank with two bp's that are 3 inches and 31/2 inches. I have a ton of room for more fish. What fish is good to put in with them that get along? (in 2 years if my parrots need room I'll find homes for the additional fish) Right now.. my tank looks empty like I have no fish thats how small they are.. so if your going to say my tank is too small to add more fish other than my 2 - 3 inch parrots.. please don't answer.

ok,we can only give advice on what is best for your fish, if you choose to ignore it, thats up to you, its your tank, what I would say is that the minimum tank size for 2 parrots is 40 galls, you can add other fish now but nothing big like more cichlids,suitable fish like corys, blue congos, tetras etc ,I have been in your position and ended up suprised at how quickly the parrots grow, put other cichlids in and you will just have an unhappy tank and be posting back here with problems, but as i said, its your tank, good luck

ok,we can only give advice on what is best for your fish, if you choose to ignore it, thats up to you, its your tank, what I would say is that the minimum tank size for 2 parrots is 40 galls, you can add other fish now but nothing big like more cichlids,suitable fish like corys, blue congos, tetras etc ,I have been in your position and ended up suprised at how quickly the parrots grow, put other cichlids in and you will just have an unhappy tank and be posting back here with problems, but as i said, its your tank, good luck

i have a 55g and have 4 bps, 6 tiger barbs, 1 pleco and 1 corry cat. i have been with this stock now for close two two years and all seams well. also i am doing wc every teo weeks. and as you can see in my post a few back water is clear and fish look good. i like the tiger barbs, they pay no mind to the parrots and vice versa. they even swim along side echother at times. you will defenitaly be ok to add some dither fish imo.
mike

Thank you!!!!!! I just wanted to know what other fish I can put in. I was looking into earth eaters but they get really big. I want something that stays small and still get along. I know parrots get big.. which is why I upgraded my tank to begin with. I only want small fish but I don't know what goes well with parrots which is why I came here to ask my fellow parrot keepers. I am not being rude.. I was just wanting an answer.. not someone telling me my tank is too small. I've read many people keeping other fish (small) with their parrots but I'm just wondering what differant types (like a list) I can put with them. Anywho's... Thank you for giving me my answer.

I looked up blue congos and I can't seem to find anything about them.. is there another name for them? or maybe you can post a link so I can see what they look like and learn more about them?

Thank you!!!!!

Okies.. nevermind. I think I know now. They are called Congo tetras, correct? How many do you think I can get for my 50 gallon tank? They get up to 3 inches right?

i dont realy know the behavior of the congo. since it is a schooling fish you would idealy want 2 to 5. i think 3 would be ok for sure in your tank. my largest tiger barb is around 3in.

they are beautiful fish, very peaceful, mid tank dwellers, they are shoaling fish, and should be kept in groups of 6,for which you have room, the males have long flowing fins(in fact you cant put them in with Betta's because they get mistaken by the Betta for male Betta's) and the males have yellow ,blue and red stripes along the body, which get more vivid in the presence of females, which is why 3 male and 3 females are perfect, the females are not as colourful, and have smaller fins,talking of size, mine are 4.5", they are called blue Congo's or yellow fined Congo's,or yellow tipped Congo's, depending where you buy them,if you like them ,they are worth waiting for(although not everyone likes them) ,a nice addition would be 4-6 Cory's,I have 4 black and white speckled ones( not a good choice as I have black and white gravel duh!!! and 4 emerald ones, they do fine with parrots, are bottom dwellers and help keep your tank clean, regarding tank size, as you see, lots of people have several parrots with varying tank mates, it is really how you feel,but time and time again, we see problems on here caused by too small a tank that its the first thing everyone jumps on,apologies if I too sounded rude,good luck!!

No problem! Thank you for the advice I appreciate it. I just called the aquarium by me and they want 21.99 each for them... That's way too much money to spend on a fish for me... and If I need a school of them.. well that hurts my barely filled wallet lol I don't know if this guy thought I meant congo cichlids or what.. but how much do they cost around you? I actually do like the congo's.. they are soo pretty! I'd love to get my hands on a few.. but not at that cost.... =\

I have bought 6 peppered cory's which have the black spots on them.. I absolultely looovveeee them. They are so cute! and my parrots get along great with them! I also adopted 2 blue gouramis that my neighbor didn't want anymore.. I wasn't sure how my parrots would be with them but they get along great! My one parrot I think loves them.. he tries to swim near them all the time but I think the gouramis aren't too sure if they can trust them lol My parrots are hanging outside their caves alot more now so I'm happy about that.

HOW MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!is that £ or $?, they cost me £3.50 each, I,m going to check now how much they are now, back now 10 mins later, found them on this us site for $2.50 www.rfitropicalfish.com/inventory_pictures/tetra/congo-tetra.html and on this uk site for £2.50,www.tropicalfish4u.co.uk/stats/15/ -I think you can order online but theres a big difference from 21.99!!!!

Wow..... yeah.. for such small fish I couldnt believe he told me $21.99... how can people even school them at that price.. lol

by the way... the US link you gave me is just a picture of the fish.

sorry about that, try these www.azgardens.com/c-145-tetra-aquarium-fish.aspx and this one www.petsolutions.com/Congo-Tetra I39600 C79.aspx - 28k the pic doesn't do their fins justice,males look completely different,they are $2 98, print off a pic and price and take it to the shop, ask them to check,there are other fish with same sounding names which are that higher price,but I,v found them all over the net at under $3,it must be a mistake, did they have them in stock, could you actually see them to see if they were the same, often known simply as Congo tetras, proper name is Phenacogrammus interruptus,let us know

Thanks Shaz. I called them up so I didn't get to see what they looked like. He only had one in stock but he said he was getting a shimpment in that day and to call back to see if they got any more of them in. I didn't bother calling because I didn't want to pay 22 bucks each for them.. which is insane! I will print this out though and show it to him. I have noticed that In new york the prices for everything seem to be higher than what other people are paying for fish supplies or fish... so maybe that could be why.. no idea. Thanks again for the link and I will get back to you when I find out more info to let you know.

Only thing is... I have adopted two gouramis from my neighbor (2 inches long) because he changed his mind about them and I have 6 cories and 1 red tail shark.. I noticed the congos get up to 5 inches... so... is it a good idea to even get the congo's now? or would my tank too be cramped up when they all grow up... I really would love to get some other fish dither fish... but now I'm not sure if the congo's (with their adult size) is a good idea?

I have two BP's, Two Red Peacocks, Two Angels, 1 yellow lab a cory, a bristlnose pleco and pericat. They all get along great it is a very peaceful tank and smaller than yours. I change 25% of the water once a week and they are very happy fish.

I do plan to upgrade by the end of the year to a bigger tank but for now my tank is beautiful and peaceful. I can watch them all day and these group of fish basically ignore each other. except the pairs who seem to enjoy each others company.

Hope that answers you question. Best Wishes on a peaceful tank!

Thank you! I will look into them :)

Aren't the Red Peacocks african cichlids? That's amazing that they get along... They are beautiful! I wonder if I got one smaller than my parrot if it would be okay.. I just dont know if it would get along with my gouramis.. lol

Yes the red Peacock is an african cichlid. The store I went to had one in with a BP that is why I tried it. I read up on them also and they said they are very peaceful fish and will only be agressive toward another male. So it is working and Prettyboy(his name) is gorgeous!

To clarify they do not get along with other males of their kind. I also have a rosy barb and he does not bother him either basically my fish really do mind their own business. LOL

For some reason I can't post a new thread so I guess i'll just write it here...

Ok.. I just recently got the new tank and the lighting is yellowish.. I really can't stand it. On my 20 gallon tank the lighting was white and it made my parrots look amazing and bright orange.. now they look pale. Can someone please tell me what type of light I should get to make it nice and bright white again?

At the moment I have an Eclipse made by Marineland for a 46 bowtank. I think I need a 36" bulb.

I was looking at this:

http://www.petco.com/product/5712/Coralife...at=OnSiteSearch

or maybe this?

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?...3#RatingsDetail

I want it to be bright white! lol

Thanks in advance.

if you are running a good canister filter such as ehiem 2026 or eqivelent and use chemi- pure do 25% water changes every12 days you will be fine in adding more smaller schooling fish tetras guppies barbs 8 to 10 in the 1 inch to 1&1/2 sise range good luck.

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