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post #1 of 17 Old 09-16-2009, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all. I am planning a 240 gallon tank that i hope to be setting up soon. I have a pretty good idea of what i want and the numbers, I just need to make sure i am within the tanks capacity. I know the best way to determine how many fish will fit is to add fish and keep tabs on the parameters until you find where the equilibrium in your tank is. However, i prefer to have some other opinions on the stocking before i get started to make sure i'm not far beyond my capacity from the beginning. It's always easier to add fish than it is to rehome them.

The tank will be a 240 gallon tank. 8x2x2 (feet).

The tank will be heavily planted.

I will be running at least two large canister filters and two penguin 350 HOBs. Is this enough filtration? Not enough?

The running fish list looks like this:
35 tiger barbs (mixed)
2 BN pleco
1-2 red tail sharks
1 rainbow shark
3-4 Ctenopoma acutirostre
6-10 cories (probably pandas)
10+ roseline sharks (torpedo barbs)

The numbers aren't concrete yet. I'm not even positive about the fish list yet. It's going to be a huge experiment and requires a lot of adding the right fish at the right time. The Ctenopoma acutirostre will be the last to be added, the sharks second to last - and yes, there will be lots and LOTS of division in the tank to break up their territories.

Filtration - too much, too little?
Fish - too many, still have room?
Any other problems you foresee?
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-16-2009, 05:08 AM
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To add nothing to the need more stingrays in my opinion.

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post #3 of 17 Old 09-16-2009, 11:48 AM
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I'd love to see a school of roselines like that. Very nice!

I'm a novice, so won't comment as to load except to suggest that if you're concerned, you could add the tigerbarbs in smaller groups, leaving you the option to stop if it's too much. Can't imagine the rest is too much for the tank, but again, novice here!

Good luck! Be sure to post pictures of those roselines for us.
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post #4 of 17 Old 09-16-2009, 12:25 PM
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35 tiger barbs...WOW!

*is in love with tiger barbs*

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post #5 of 17 Old 09-16-2009, 02:39 PM
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i wouldnt recommend adding any more than at max 10-15 fish at a time, as you said you need to give your tank time to calibrate itself. as far as your filtration goes thats going to be plenty since your going to have plants to. one thing i wanna add though is those tiger barbs can be nippy so avoid anything with long fins or else theyll get nipped till they have nothing left. your def going to need to get soem serious lighting aswell since its such a big tank but this also depends on the type of plants. you can find lots of posts about lighitng everywhere on this thread. Money
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-16-2009, 08:02 PM
Dude. A shoal of at least 100 neons or similar.

If you have the space, do it. Shoals of that size look fantastic.

Kribensis? You could have a breeding pair in a community tank that size no problem.

Some sort of crabs (red claw)? They clean up crap like nobodies business!

A predatory fish, that can't eat as fast as your other fish can breed?

Make a natural, circle of life type tank. Self sustaining with things that make food for other things and all that jazz.
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post #7 of 17 Old 09-18-2009, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
nomel, I wish i could keep rays. Unfortunately here in texas they are illegal. If they weren't i had already started planning a ray tank.

SueK, I am looking forward to seeing a large shoal of roselines as well. I will definitely get pics. And all of the fish will be added in small amounts. I'm just trying to make sure the tank will handle the load in advance. I'm trying to figure out numbers so i don't have to change my plan half way through and end up with different stock levels than i really wanted.

Ramenuzumaki, I love barbs too. I'm looking forward to the large group as well. And I'll have pics of those as well when i get that far.

MoneyMitch, All fish will be added in small amounts to not mess up the biological bacteria. I will have LOTS of lighting. Probably a good 2wpg, maybe more depending which all plants i end up getting. And i have always had barbs in the past, so i know to watch out for the nipping. That is why all of my fish have normal sized fins. ;)

Willieturnip, Unfortunately the neons will get picked off by the Ctenopoma acutirostre. I'm a little concerned about a crab. I'm afraid there would be issues between the fish and crabs.

Thanks all for the input. Keep it coming.
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post #8 of 17 Old 09-18-2009, 11:35 PM
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I keep a school of Roselines and I can't say enough good things about them. I wish my Roselines had 8' of swimming room instead of 5'. You're going to have one awesome tank.

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post #9 of 17 Old 09-19-2009, 02:57 AM
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240 gallons, I can't wait to see the tank. You want people to stare in awe, put in one ghost shrimp. Your list looks good.

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post #10 of 17 Old 09-19-2009, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
Kymmie, Thank you for the comment. How many Roselines do you have? I saw, i think, 6 in your tank pics. What can you tell me about them, so i have something to expect/look forward to. Are they super peaceful? can they be aggressive at times? Munch on leaves? Tight or loose shoalers? Why thank you, I like to think my tank will be awesome. It will be in my mind for sure. 8)

Once I actually start making progress on the tank i will be sure to keep the pics coming. Unfortunately i started up a new semester of college and am currently looking for a new job. Once i get settled into a job I expect to see lots of progress coming up
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