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post #1 of 25 Old 01-16-2009, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Help me stock a 135 gallon tank

I would like to have some Veil Tail Angels, one male betta, a clown loach and a Pleco. I would like other colorful active fish that would live comfortably with these.

I would like to have some fish that would occupy all the different levels of the tank. The tank will not not be a planted tank.

Please include the number of each that you would put in if it was your tank.

Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-16-2009, 08:31 AM
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i would skip the clown loach, they get huge and require a school/shoal.
what kind of pleco?
angels will pair up and become territorial so keep that in mind.

if this was my tank i would get 50 tetras and cherry red shrimp and live plants, with black substrate and a painted black background.
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post #3 of 25 Old 01-16-2009, 08:53 AM
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Saw that one coming.

What OneFish said is correct, the clown loach will get big. 12" is pretty normal and they like to school. You'll need 4 to 6 of them in order to get the best behavior out of them. The thing is you have a tank that could hold them but not much else. There are other species of loaches that won't get nearly as large but will still be very entertaining.

Having a male betta in your tank will limit your stocking options pretty seriously. His long flowing fins will be and irresistable attraction to fin nippers and depending on his attitude he could cause problems with the other fish. If you really want a male betta I'd recommend a small 5 gallon tank for just him and maybe a few other roommates.

Hmm, if I had a 135 gallon tank.
30 To 40 either neon or cardinal tetras. Low bioload, peaceful, and gorgeous. They spend most of their time mid level.
20 To 30 rummy nose tetras. Same as neons.
15 Serpae Tetras. Mid level swimmers, when kept in large groups they are relatively docile.
12 Panda cory catfish. They're peaceful bottom dwellers. Delicate but that's only a concern with poor maintenance.
1 Red tailed black shark. A bottom dweller, they can be some what aggressive and territorial but with the proper tank design it won't be a problem.
2 German Blue Rams. Another bottom dweller, they only get real aggressive and territorial when spawning but with a 135 gallon tank you've got the room for the other fish to give them space.
Somesort of gourami for the upper levels. They'd bear watching to make sure the tetras don't hassle them.
A mating pair of cockatoo cichlids, maybe. Midlevel fish.
A large number of amano shrimp, probably 20+

What can I say, I like small fish.

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post #4 of 25 Old 01-16-2009, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input! You have listed some fish I will have to look into. And on the clown loach, I would love to have some, but the idea of 4 or 5 1 foot fish in the same tank doesn't sound to appealing!
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post #5 of 25 Old 01-16-2009, 12:11 PM
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Note, the only reason I even suggested both a RTBS and rams is that you have A LOT of real estate on the bottom of this tank and both species should be able to stake out their territories without getting in each other's faces.

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post #6 of 25 Old 01-22-2009, 11:30 PM
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How about:
-Six young angels. Let them pair off, and keep the prettiest pair and sell the others.
-A school of 20 or so rummynose tetras for the middle levels
-A school of 20 or so hatchets (silver or marbled, up to you) for the top levels
-A dozen yo-yo loaches or 20 corydoras (I like the loaches, but the corydoras are more in line with the South America theme)
-A trio of apistogramma of any species (one male, two females)
-A couple bristlenose plecos for algae control

If you aren't using real plants, be sure to have plenty of artificial ones. The angels will really appreciate tall grass-like plants. Plenty of lower, bushy plants would suit the loaches/cories and apistos. Round out your decor with some driftwood and rock piles for caves. A sand substrate would be ideal for any sort of loach or bottom-dwelling catfish.

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post #7 of 25 Old 01-23-2009, 08:59 AM
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If you do get angels make sure your plants are silk if at all possible. First they aren't going to damage their fins, second they look WAY better than plastic.

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post #8 of 25 Old 01-23-2009, 09:10 AM
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forget the betta in a 135 gallon tank!!!! go extreme and get fish to suit the size of the tank. Go big with either schooling fish, african cichlids( these are my fav) or south americans like oscars, green terrorors, jack dempseys etc!
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post #9 of 25 Old 01-23-2009, 09:49 AM
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I like iamntbatman"s idea on adding yoyo loaches. I have both clown loaches and yoyos. The yoyos are my favorite. They are very entertaining to watch in a group setting. 5 or 6 of them would make a nice group.
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post #10 of 25 Old 01-27-2009, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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If I have two angelfish, will they get mean? And what happens if they both grow up to be male?

I will have to check into the yoyos.

Thanks for all the good ideas.
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