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Small Fry
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female england
I am new to fish keeping and with my boyfriend recently bought a 200 litre tank with filter, heater and strip lights. He has kept fish before and has his heart set on eventually keeping discus this time he is away for the next few months it is my job to keep our new tank happy. We bought some penguin tetras to get things going but I think I need to get an algae eater in as well. I have read many forums on what is discus compatable and the answers people give are very confusing.

I would be really grateful if people could have a look a the list of species below and advise me of compatability with discus and algae eating abilities (off the glass and bog/plants). I have compliled the list from forum articles I previosly got confused by:

Flying Fox (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus)
Otocinclus vittatus
Siamese Algae Eaters (Crossocheilus siamensis)
True Siamese Algae Eaters (is this different to the above)
Bristlenose catfish/pleco (Ancistrus sp.)

Also are sterba's corys (Corydoras sterbai) ok with discus too?

Thank you very much in advance!
Post InfoPosted 26-Jun-2009 17:49Profile PM Edit Report 
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male usa us-colorado
Here is a site with you in mind:

The hobby has gone through some dramatic changes since
your friend was in it. Be sure to read up on all you
can get your hands on, especially if you are going to be
caring for the tank in his absence.


-->>> The Confidence of Amateurs, is the Envy of Professionals <<<--
Post InfoPosted 26-Jun-2009 23:46Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
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EditedEdited by scottf
Hi and welcome to Fish Profiles!

copy and paste this into your browser:

its a great read about setting up a tank and getting started with a new tank.

It would help the folks on this site help you if you could give us some more more information about how long the tank has been up and running, is the tank fully cycled/established, are there live plants, what are the water parameters (temperature, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH levels) and so forth.

Those are just some of the pieces of information needed to know in order to make good suggestions on species for your new tank.

I wish you all the luck and good fortune with your new tank! Keep asking lots of questions here, and give us more info about your setup! You'll find some really great help here on this site! These people have really helped me in the two years I've been fishkeeping, and been a premium member.

Post InfoPosted 27-Jun-2009 12:34Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
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