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brennus
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PostPosted: 2005.05.01(Sun)17:47    Post subject: Stocking options Reply with quote

Now that my tank is cycled, I am at a quandary. Should I get a big fish and keep it tame? Or should I go with a community of fishy friends?

If I go with a community, I want kuhli loaches, for sure. Some kind of eel-looking fish. If I go with a big beast, I want a http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_tilapia1.php.

Any comments and concerns? Please give me suggestions!
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PostPosted: 2005.05.01(Sun)18:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

How big is your tank? Do you have any original fish? What is the water quality (pH, dGH, temp, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate)? What type of filtration and lighting do you have? We need this information to assess your situation, then tell you our own opinions. Cool
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)0:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

brenn -

if your tank is the same as it was when you originlly posted it I thin you should go with a somewhat of a community set up. I would go with some sort of schooling fish like neons or small tetra looking fish.

drawing a blank if it was a 20 or 29, but a group of about 8-12 would be nice. you might want to add to that a group of apisto cichlids. maybe rams for example.

I think if you went with a group of schooling fish and a pair of apisto's you would have a nice tank. I don't remember if you had any fake plants of not but if you add a schooling fish you might want to add a couple of mid to tall plants for them to hide in.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)8:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Brennus, but your tank is too small for the Tilapia, they grow large, and grow quite quickly, you'd need at least a 50 gallon plus, maybe a 75 to house one of those beasts.

I thought you were planning to go for Africans?

How big is your tank by the way, I've forgotten. Let us know what the size of the tank, and then suggestions can be made. Smile
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)10:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with violentray, a school of tetras and some dwarf cichlids would be an attractive tank.
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brennus
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)11:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a 29gallon. And according to the gallery, the Tilapia only grows about 11", so I don't see the problem, but I might be wrong.

I gave up on the Leleupi idea simply because two mates woulda been boring...


Thank you for the suggestions! I know, if I go with a community tank, I want to have kuhli loaches, or something that will act like an eel or something. Smile


Or could I get a Blue Dempsey?

I was going to get convicts, because I would like to see them care for the babies... Man I have so many ideas but so little time!!
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)11:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

that fish probably needs more room than you can provide in a 29 gallon. for the most part if the fish arent tetras or slim boddied fish throw the Inch rule out the window.

an oscar only gets to 12-14 inches but it can not possibly live in a 29 - same applies to your fish you want.
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benedictj
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)18:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey brennus.

You're going to be pretty hard pressed to find any larger predatory cichlids that will work in a 29g. Dempseys, Oscars, Tilapia- all of these are too large for your tank.

You could definitely do a mating pair of convicts, although it might be wise to have a 'bail out' tank in case the parents have domestic issues.

Otherwise, the Apisto or Ram with a smaller tetra combo is a great and fairly stable set up. I would be wary of mixing Rams or Apistos with loaches, however. Or go with smaller africans- a shelldweller colony would be perfect for your tank.

Hope that helps...
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)20:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

archocentrus/cryptotheros(sp?) are good cichlids to look at for that size tank.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)22:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suggested the Apisto and a school of tetras because I plan on setting up the same 29 gallon tank using 4 Caucatoo cichlids.
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