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Old 07-16-2014, 05:16 PM   #1
 
Good Fish Mix?

Hi, I am doing a 75g (low tech) planted tank (had salt water in the old days), thinking of 5 angelfish, 1 to 3 cockatoo apisto, 3 hatchet fish, 8 rummy nose (or a large tetra), 3 otos. Seems like the cockatoo is peaceful enough or should I get 3 different S.Amer dwarf cichlids? Are the tetras are large enough? How are quantities? Could I add leaf fish or cory cats? Thank you! Love this forum for all the help and interesting ideas.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:07 PM   #2
 
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I would do 4 angels (try and get 2 pairs), 3 cockatoo apistos 1m 2f, 8-12 hachetfish(schooling fish, also Make sure you have a lid), than a nice big school of rummies 24+, 5-10 otos (depending on the amount of algae) and 10-20 cories (depending on type). If you want the leaf fish, dont get the rummies and apistos, it will most likely eat them.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:17 PM   #3
 
Whoa, nice! Seems I could do more than I thought. Do I have to do anything special if anyone decides to breed, as I am not into! Is this enough color, swim locations? Any other fish you love which would be a good mix? Thank you!
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:25 PM   #4
 
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Well it all depends on the number of fish you get, cardinals are awesome, but then you would have to lower the rummies. But a large school of rummies is also awesome. It all depends what you want the tank to look like. If anything breeds, you would most likely have to remove the fry. I would probably throw a trio 1m 2f of bn plecos in it. So what are the are you thinking about number wise? It seems like a lot, but plant the heck out of the tank and have a lot of extra filtration, and there will be no problem. Also all these fish stay out of each others way (sort of a layered affect). What are you going to be using as a filter or filters?
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:34 PM   #5
 
That's waaay too many otos for that tank as they ONLY eat naturally growing algae they cannot be supplimented with wafters and such. I would do 5-6 angels. Two breeding pairs in a 75 can be bad news for them and all others involved.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:48 PM   #6
 
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They also eat dead plant matter, also most eat cucumber. Hence when I said depending on the amount of algae. 5 or 6 angels you will still most likely get 2 or even 3 pairs.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:48 PM   #7
 
Rummy tetras are great and can be fine with a smaller number in a community tank. Angels are so beautiful and look so peaceful but they're highly aggressive and territorial.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:50 PM   #8
 
Just read that cardinals can be delicate? Thinking of blue (Boehikea) tetras. I want color, peaceful, interesting fish at top, mid, bottom. Ha, you would ask about filters!! Have been struggling with decision; thoughts were first for 2 Fluval U-4's because I dreaded the canister hassle (had one years ago). Heard they are better so now thinking of Fluval 406 which LFS likes, or go totally out for Fluval Fx6 or Eheim Pro 3e 2076 (not made in China). Looking at ecoxotic E-series LED for lighting.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:50 PM   #9
 
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They arent bad with other fish (unless breeding) its when there pairing up that you see the most fights.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:55 PM   #10
 
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Cardinals arent delicate at all. I have them in ph 6.8-7.8 (it ranges quite a bit, but not fast). I would probably do a fluval 406 (love this brand and series) and a aqueon quiteflow 30 or 20, to get some more surface agitation. If you want color cardinals are the way to go. They are very easy to keep.
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