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post #1 of 12 Old 09-17-2011, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Inherited 2 new tanks

Hey guys, i recently received a 29 gallon and a 120 gallon aquarium.. i have been in the fishkeeping hobby for about 6-7 years now and i currently have a 55 gallon with a nice group of silver dollars and some clown loaches

i have some questions on stocking my 2 new tanks
29g:
2 Bolivian Rams
10-15 Tetras
1 pleco? some cory cats?

and for the 120g
i know i want atleast one oscar (albino tiger(if it matters))

and then 2 of one of the following:
Jack dempsey
Green terror(i love how these look but know very little about them)
blood red parrot

and for around the bottom of the tank:
some Clown loaches?
Catfish? types?
sharks? types?

a pleco?

i dont really wanna overcrowd my tanks even tho i do water changes very often i just want it to be a peaceful tank with some big guys in it

also is there a species of arowana i could get for a 120g or do they all reguire 240G+
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-17-2011, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Almost forgot for filtration on the 29gallon i have an aquaclear 110 over the top filter

and for the 120G i have 2 marineland penquin 350's over the top and a Rena filstar xp4 Canister and an undergravel with 2 powerheads

( i enjoy having alot of filtration, on my 55 i have a filstar xp2 and a aquaclear 110)

also is there any concern with wanting to use sand instead of gravel?

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post #3 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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just discovered flowerhorn's what can anyone tell me about this beautiful fish?
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 12:53 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

There are members here with considerable experience in the larger cichlids you have mentioned, so I will only at this point say that you cannot combine the fish you have mentioned. You can read more in our profiles for the species included; profiles are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, and if the name is used the same in posts as it appears in the profile it will shade as some have in your posts, and you can then click on the name to see that profile. That will start you off until the Cichlid experts chime in.

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I would put the clown loaches and the silver dollars in the 120. You should be able to put an oscar in there as well.. no guarentees though. A larger pleco should be fine in there as well.

You could get away with a pair of jack dempsey in your 55, however this would not leave room for the inevitable fry so you would have to come up with something to deal with them. Nothing else would likely work with those guys.

As to the 29g, you should be ok with about 12 tetras. A word of caution though, I have heard stories of rams not getting along with cories. Bristlenose Pleco or other smaller pleco perhaps.

Of course this all depends on your water parameters, what is your PH and hardness?

Too much filtration is not necassarily a good thing. Many fish will be stressed with too much current.

Sand is probably not a good idea with cichlids, maybe doable in the 29g. Not sure if rams are diggers like most cichlids.
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Ph is around 7.2 and hardness is 70 ppm.. what u said is what I had originally planned wit he 120 but I was unsure about the silver dollars and oscars together and I know my clowns would love it seeing as they are close to 6" and are probably crammed in the 55
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 04:33 PM
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Silver Dollar are actually probably the best companions for oscars from what I understand. Large and round means they dont get eaten and aren't viewed as competition.
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-19-2011, 09:25 PM
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Sand is actually a wonderful substrate you will find lots of cichlid owners with it I wouldn't have any other substrate.
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post #9 of 12 Old 09-20-2011, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Yea Ive been talking to a few other ppl and I am going to use sand blasting sand and im gunna stock it with 1 bichir( which I will keep for a while til he is too big to fit in the.oscars mouth) 2 oscars 2 parrots and 2 of the L# pleco's (exact specie not known yet but im thinkn red tailed. I will also keep a small school of red fin tin foil barbs while I wait on my bichir to grow
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Yea Ive been talking to a few other ppl and I am going to use sand blasting sand and im gunna stock it with 1 bichir( which I will keep for a while til he is too big to fit in the.oscars mouth) 2 oscars 2 parrots and 2 of the L# pleco's (exact specie not known yet but im thinkn red tailed. I will also keep a small school of red fin tin foil barbs while I wait on my bichir to grow
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I wouldnot use blasting sand, it is sharp endged. Playsand will work fine. Oscars shouldnot be kept with other fish. Tinfoil need a 7-foot 200g tank, a group of 6, they attain 14 inches and need swimming space.

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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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