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post #1 of 6 Old 04-28-2010, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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new to forum, need suggestions

hello all, i've been trying to figure out a fish combo that would work in my tanks, i am currently doing "south american" set-ups, i put in quotation because there are some non american fish in both tanks :P .

this is the 55 gallon tank

2 angelfish (breeding pair)
6 american flagfish (breeding group)
2 L240 flash plecos (both males, im looking for females)
2 albino bristlenose plecos (also both males, and looking for females as well)
4 angelicus loaches
12 sterbai corydoras

im considering columbian tetras, id also like something that schools if anyone has any suggestions

this is the 33 gallon

7 rams (1 breeding pair)
7 gardneri killifish (breeding group)
3 clown plecos (1 male, 2 females)

not sure what would work in here, but again something that schools would be best :)

as a side not, i do not plan for these spawns, and don't plan on keeping fry unless they survive on their own lol. I sure do enjoy all the colors thought :)

feel free to make any suggestions, and im open to criticism as well haha
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-28-2010, 10:56 PM
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Welcome to TFK, vince0. You're tank are gorgeous, I really like them!
As for stocking I'm only really experienced with what I keep so I'll let someone else comment.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-29-2010, 06:37 AM
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Welcome to TFK!

Well, you've got tons of options, really. So long as your water parameters aren't too nuts and so long as you avoid really small tetras or extraordinarily nippy tetras with the angels, you could do any number of characins. You might want to check out some of the profiles we have for them here. Just click the "Tropical Fish Profiles" link up at the top of the page.

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-29-2010, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated!
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-29-2010, 01:08 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping.

With South American setups, you're certainly in my camp. But I'm not going to make any fish suggestions, except to repeat iamntbatman's to check out the profiles, especially the characins and catfish in your case. No mention is made of your water parameters, but I'm assuming it is on the side of soft and acidic; the species profiles have these for each species as some may be more sensitive than others, esp those that are generally wild-caught.

You can have a look at the photos and stocking of my two Amazonian aquaria for some ideas on fish; under "Aquariums" on the left below my ID.

I especially like your aquascape in the 33g, that's very nice; maybe a few more plants?


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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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post #6 of 6 Old 04-29-2010, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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as much as id like to say that the water is soft and acidic, i have no test kits, and i know the water in my area is hard and the ph runs around 8.0. i have read somewhere that the wood will help lower the hardness of the tank, and i have fluorite gravel in both the tanks, which i hope might help with the softness a bit. other than that i don't really bother with hardness much, my rams breed, my killifish breed, my angels breed, so im assuming the water must be clean enough
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