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post #1 of 13 Old 04-16-2012, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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cool looking fish for tropical tank?

Hi everyone, i have a 150 gallon aquarium set up as a tropical aquarium, this is not my first aquarium so i dont need help with any of the cycling or anything like that, just wondering if any of you guys could reccommend a cool fish for the tank, i was already thinking of borneo suckers and kuhli loaches.
I just want something different. any idea much appreciated.
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-16-2012, 07:15 AM
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Hi everyone, i have a 150 gallon aquarium set up as a tropical aquarium, this is not my first aquarium so i dont need help with any of the cycling or anything like that, just wondering if any of you guys could reccommend a cool fish for the tank, i was already thinking of borneo suckers and kuhli loaches.
I just want something different. any idea much appreciated.
Plenty of room that's for sure.
I would suggest looking at fish that preferred the type of water I was going to use for water changes first.(tapwater?)
Some fishes prefer soft water ,some prefer hard water.
I might then consider whether fish I am interested in are compatible with other fishes I might select.
Small fish might get eaten by larger fish, and some fishes are more territorial than other's and may not get along.
Would first determine what the water you have is like with respect to pH, and general hardness GH.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #3 of 13 Old 04-16-2012, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, thanks for replying, my hardness is 5 and the ph is 7.1, I am willing to buy any fish that is compatible with the recommended fish
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I would go with angels, a large school of diamond tetra or any other kind of tetra you think looks nice. I am also a fan of gouamis. The possiblities are endless.
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-16-2012, 08:28 AM
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What are the dimensions of the tank..length of the tank can also play a role in what fish you get.

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With soft water (5 dGH) the pH will soon lower a bit so you are well set for many options with soft acidic water fish. Obviously rift lake cichlids and livebearers are out.

Someone mentioned angelfish, you could go with wild caught, perhaps the more rare Pterophyllum altum if not wild Pterophyllum scalare (which are not quite the same as the commercial angelfish), since your water is geared to that. Something along similar lines would be discus. But never both together. Various shoaling characins can be matched with either.

Another option with the space would be some of the medium cichlids from Central and South America. Some manage with softer water. Check out the species in our profiles.

A SE Asian aquascape with one of the medium gourami as centrepiece. Or a Central African theme with Congo Tetra as centrepiece fish. Or simply a large group of several shoaling characins.

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post #7 of 13 Old 04-17-2012, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I was thinking of angels. But I really want a Loach or carfish, maybe one that will go with gouramis because I'm planning on getting gouramis too
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Yeah, I was thinking of angels. But I really want a Loach or carfish, maybe one that will go with gouramis because I'm planning on getting gouramis too
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I might consider Pearl gourami (male and a few females) and perhaps five Keyhole cichlid's and maybe a dozen YoYo loaches, or dwarf chain loaches .
Course with loaches ,rooted plant's are sometimes dug up but smaller Dwarf chain loach or kuhlii loaches would maybe not be as destructive.
Could also substitute loaches with a large shoal of corydoras.

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post #9 of 13 Old 04-18-2012, 06:51 AM
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Get a Black Ghost Knife fish as they will go with pretty much anything in acidic water!
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-18-2012, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all your feedback guys, I'll definitely look into all the suggestions. Btw, I would really love a ghost knife but my lighting is to bright
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