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post #1 of 10 Old 06-10-2011, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Gettin a 130-150gal

Im getting a 130-150gal tank from a my brother.. this thing is huge. I was wondering what type of fish would be good to keep? I always liked arowanas but i dont know if this tank would be suitable for that big of a fish. Do they have ones that stay smaller? I kinda want a tank with a bunch of different types and colors to really set it off.

Id like to go a planted with driftwood. Tropical of course.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-11-2011, 02:18 AM
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Im getting a 130-150gal tank from a my brother.. this thing is huge. I was wondering what type of fish would be good to keep? I always liked arowanas but i dont know if this tank would be suitable for that big of a fish. Do they have ones that stay smaller? I kinda want a tank with a bunch of different types and colors to really set it off.

Id like to go a planted with driftwood. Tropical of course.
consider baby arowana?????? very nice to grow in
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-11-2011, 02:20 AM
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For colors, Choprae danios are flashy highlite colors. Neon tetras are a favorite shoal group. cherry barbs are for a deep red when in heat. depending on what you want, theres tons of fish. find a wish list and post it here, then they will help you pick out which are good together which are bad
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-11-2011, 10:58 AM
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Start by checking your tap water ph and hardness. A heavily planted Discus tank would be gorgeous. Or fancy goldfish.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-11-2011, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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I apologize, this is actually a 100 gallon.

How big do baby arowanas get?

I was also thinking of doing a cichlid tank, something thats kinda aggressive, or maybe 1 big fish that can eat little fish. I like watching the arowanas and catfish feed at the local pet store. but their tank is huuuuuuugee!

I kinda want bigger fish so it would be easier to clean..

please throw me ideas!
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-11-2011, 02:04 PM
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There is more than one species, but the most frequently seen is the South American one, Osteoglossum bicirrhosum or commonly-called Silver Arowana. It attains more than 3 feet, even larger in its habitat. A 6-foot tank will work for a juvenile, but as it grows it needs a much larger setup, preferably an indoor pond. A basic guide is that the tank for large fish should be sufficient in width that the fish would be able to turn around in its tank while full length (without bending), and the length should be several times that of the fish.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Also, I wanted to know if you guys had any links of setting up a planted aquarium on a budget.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-11-2011, 02:38 PM
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Also, I wanted to know if you guys had any links of setting up a planted aquarium on a budget.
You should have a read of the 4-part series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" which is "stickied" at the head of the Aquarium Plants section here. This natural or low-tech approach is far less expensive, once you get the light fixture. Many of us who actively follow this method will be pleased to answer specific questions.

You can see what the tanks look like in the photos under "Aquarims" below my name on the left.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-11-2011, 07:22 PM
I'll submit my vote for an oscar - my brother had one and I'm considering getting one in another tank just to feed my convict cichlid fry too so my 55g tank doesn't get too overcrowed.

He kept one with a pleco, red tailed shark, glass catfish and a blue lobster. He had it for years and it would recognize him - some people liken oscars to dogs...
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-12-2011, 11:41 AM
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mbuna African cichlid tank?? colorful and aggressive
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