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post #1 of 11 Old 05-12-2007, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
Who would live in a tank like this?

Hey folks, this is a pic of my new 30g tank. I planned to put Ciclids in it, but i realise it's rather bare of hidey holes. I could create some, but i quite like the clean uncluttered look that it has at the moment. It's not quite finished, i'm gonna replace those plastic plants with some real ones and put some black backing on it when i've got the money/time but that's basically what it'll look like. So my question is - what would go in this tank and thrive? I'm gona put my plec and pair of angels in cos they need a new home (the angels don't need much in the way of hidey holes do they?) but i was wondering what would make a good set of companions to go with them? I was thinking some corys? Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


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post #2 of 11 Old 05-12-2007, 11:11 AM
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That looks nice but would look infinitely better with more plants. The angels would appreciate a grouping of vallisneria (say, behind the large slate on the right and maybe another cluster in the back left corner). That would look great in my opinion. Nice and simple.

Fish-wise, how about 6 hatchetfish for the upper levels, 4-6 cories (eg. peppered cory) for the bottom and - space allowing - a small shoal of 6 bleeding heart tetras??
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-12-2007, 12:27 PM
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Tank looks too small for angels. The ancistrus plec will be fine. I can't comment on the big-spot plec as I'm hardly familiar with it.

Tetras are great choices along with cories and hatchets. You might want a pair or two of apistogrammas or blue rams in there.

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post #4 of 11 Old 05-12-2007, 12:31 PM
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yeh i like the ram idea if u can find them but blue rams would be awesome in that tank.

Cories are a great idea 2 i like peppered, pandas and false juli corys but any cory is great.

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-12-2007, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
Cheers for the ideas folks.
I know that the plants look a bit rubbish, they are just the plastic one's that came free with the tank, i put them in there to make it look less bland while it cycles/until i have them money for real ones.
I also know it's a bit small for the angels, but it's better then the one they are in at the moment, which is only 60cm x 25 x 40, and i do plan on upgrading when i can afford it. (they are only about 5cm across at the moment.) the ancistrus will be staying in the other tank. Again i think the plec will out grow the tank, but again i'm gonna be upgrading in about 6-7 months.
I really like Blue rams, they are so colourful, how many would go in there if i was gonna have corys too, are they shoaling or what. Also aren't they kinda timid and would need to have hiding places?
Also i have heard that endlers are cool little fish to have, would they just get eaten by the rest?
The tank is 80cm long x 45 high x 35 back.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-12-2007, 03:12 PM
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for the ram if u could give him some room behind the piece of slate that would be great and put some plants around so he can hide in i would put one or 2 n there.

for the corys 4 or 5 should be fine for now but when u get a bigger tank and u put the angels in that u could get like 2 more and keep the rams in the 30 gallon while the angels go in the other tank.


for the endlers i would watch it adult angelfish may be able to eat those little things.

i have one endler right now there awesome it came with my feeder minnows i hope i can get more
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for the ram if u could give him some room behind the piece of slate that would be great and put some plants around so he can hide in i would put one or 2 n there
Theres a good 4-5 cm behind both big slates, would that combined with some plants be enough?[/quote]
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-12-2007, 06:58 PM
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Well, looking at your filter, heater, plants and size of tank - you have exactly the same tank and set up as me. It's a fluval tank, right? Mine came with all the same stuff.

So, if you're asking who would live in a tank like that...

2 synodontis
2 plecs
2 ancistrus
2 blind cave tatras
4 cories

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post #9 of 11 Old 05-13-2007, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
Yeah, it's a fluval duo deep 800. i know a few folks with the same tank, it seems to be on special offer a lot around here. What i was really asking was what fish go well with angels in a relatively bare tank, but cheers julie, you've given me some ideas for stocking levels which i was a little unsure of.
I really like the idea of a group of corys with a couple of blue rams - would i be able to get some hatchet fish too, or is that pushing it with the plec and the angels, plus it doesn't have a cover glass and i don't want the jumpy little sods frying themselves on the lights!
oh, and will cory's murder moss balls, cos i like them too!
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I really like the idea of a group of corys with a couple of blue rams - would i be able to get some hatchet fish too, or is that pushing it with the plec and the angels, plus it doesn't have a cover glass and i don't want the jumpy little sods frying themselves on the lights!
You can get hatchets. Provide floating plants to discourage jumping. They don't actually jump but can fly out of your tank with the use of their overly large pectoral fins.

Angels are still too big for your tank being almost 6 inches in body diameter.

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