Hi I have a 30 Gallon Tank since one month now with 2 mollies and 2 platys .. please suggest suitable tank mates for them .. preferably big fishes... and how many more can i keep .. i have heard about Kissing Gourami and Bala Sharks but are they safe for mollies and platys .. Thanks
Dwarf Gourami's should be OK.
Bala Shark NO. They will grow to 14".
Anything that grows larger than 6", is probably NOT a good idea.
Do some more research on line then go to aqadvisor.com, this fish stocking online interactive calculator will advise about compatibility, water parameters, and more.
Thanks Garry .. Any more besides Dwarf Gourami ???
It depends on your preference on the types of fish and what is available to you. Sounds like you prefer larger fish that work with Mollys and Platys (and Dwarf Gourami). What about some swordtails? it is a type of Platy but will give you some variety. Also consider some bottom swimmers...corys are a fan favorite and there are many different types of those (albino, speckled, panda, etc...).
Rams are good looking fish (Gold, Blue, etc...)
Rainbows are good looking too, though you have to wait a bit for them to mature for their colors to really pop.
A smaller fish but a schooling type may be an option too.
If you have big chains around you, they offer a steady supply of similar fish year round. If you go to an independent, you may see some different types that are more unique. The store I go to will order anything that is requested.
As you can tell, it is just a matter of what you like, size of the tank and what is really available (unless you are willing to mail order).
thanks fishdaddy but my question is can Rainbows , Rams ,swordtails work with Mollies and Platys for sure ??
It will depend on your set-up. I gave you a general listing of potential fish that could be added. You may have to watch the temperature when dealing with Platys and Rams. Platys like is less than 77 and Rams over 77.
Go to this site as it will help you plan out your tank:
You enter in your tank size, type of filter along with the current types of fish in the tank. Then enter what fish you would like to add. It will give you information on if the fish do not mix well, recommend how many by type (i.e. schoolers), if it will fit in the tank (No Oscars in 30G) or if the tank would be overstocked.
As GarryJ posted, this is a great site for planning your tank.
Can I put neon tetras .. if yes .. how many ??
Re post 5: Yes, they can, maybe; you're mixing fish families that do best in different water conditions.
For example, platy's won't bear much in the neutral/low pH rams like. Mollies are brackish water fish and should have some salt in the water that will kill the Ram. You should return the Mollies, they will either die prematurely or drive selection of everything else. They look just like much bigger Platy's anyway. Swords and platy's are interbred to where they're about the same, except swords are great jumpers. You can only reliably have one Ram and they are very sensitive to nitrates, so testing is critical. Rainbows come in high and low pH, hardness versions.
You can put neons in, 6 minimum will induce schooling, they like neutral/low pH.
What you're suggesting may work, or may be a mess, depending on the individuals you happen to end up with.
I'd recommend some more thorough research plus the suggestions already offered before creating a community that may not work and has to be changed out frequently, increasing the danger of introducing some nasty disease to the tank.
You're welcome Farz. I made a ton of mistakes when I reentered the hobby and I'm cautious about what goes in my tanks because most of my train wrecks came from making big changes or not planning.
Knowledge is your greatest ally.
I will dd new ones after thoroughly doing online research your opinion had really helped me
Hey Fishdaddy and Snowman .. any suggestions for keeping severum fish in there ??
Severum grow to about 12" and are a very solid fish like a saltwater cod. I think anything smaller than 6" in the same shape would be considered dinner. So 3-4" inch Mollies etc would be in trouble. Unless you want to RE house the Severum once it starts to grow.
I agree with Garry on the Severum. There are threads here where they went from docile to murderous unexpectedly. They're cichlids, very few of which could be trusted in your proposed communities.