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125 gallon Tetra stocking help
Old 09-13-2012, 06:46 AM   #1
 
125 gallon Tetra stocking help

I've got a 125 gallon tank I'm waiting to finish the stand for before I setup, but I have the filters cycling in my 70 gallon for now. I want this tank to be all about Tetras since I like to see groups of active schooling fish. Heres my list of fish I'd like to have, and let me know which I should remove/how many of each I should have

Harlequin Rasbora (15 of these)
Lemon Tetra (12)
Neon Tetra (10)
Cardinal Tetra
Corydora (10)
Emperor Tetra
Bleeding Heart Tetra
Penguin Tetra
Blue Colombian Red Tail
Tiger Barb/Five Banded Barb
Pearl Gourami ( wanted a larger fish type since all the rest are only around 2 inches )

I know the Barbs and the Blue Colombian can be aggressive but I figure with enough of them, enough space to hide and a tank this large ( 72x18x22 ) they should be calm but I really like the look of them and would like to use them if I could
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
 
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F the barbs will definitely be a risk. I would not us the columbian at all.

Gourami are very sedate fish.. They usually to better with calmer tankmates. I do love the idea, so let someone else weigh in..

WillThe tank be planted?
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:59 PM   #3
 
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F the barbs will definitely be a risk. I would not us the columbian at all.

Gourami are very sedate fish.. They usually to better with calmer tankmates. I do love the idea, so let someone else weigh in..

WillThe tank be planted?
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I've already spent a good chunk on this tank so maybe down the road. I didnt know there was such a large difference between LED/T5 and T8 light. All I have for the 125g right now are T8 lights at a total of about 50 watts or so which wont let me grow very much. I'm still trying to find some plants that might work at that wattage/height from the top. For the time being it'll be decently fake planted
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:15 PM   #4
 
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There are some low light plants, like Java Fern and Anubias. Those were recommended to me because they are low light, hardy, and most fish (even those that eat other plants) won't eat them. I'm sure there are others.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
 
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Prob cant help with the stocking, but aren't lemon tetras dyed??
And if you dont get the barbs you could get more cardinals. I always find them the center peice of a fish tank.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:02 PM   #6
 
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Prob cant help with the stocking, but aren't lemon tetras dyed??
And if you dont get the barbs you could get more cardinals. I always find them the center peice of a fish tank.
I'm not sure which species they use for the painted tetra, but the lemon stays yellow/transparent. I dont remember if the LFS had cardinal tetras but I know I saw a tank of Five banded Barbs. I wont know until I go back in probably two weeks or so
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:56 PM   #7
 
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The issues I see with the initial list are the activity level of various fish being at odds. The gourami has already been mentioned; have a look at our profile under the compatibility section.

Among the shoaling fish, activity again is important. Rasbora are calm fish, often just "hovering" in their group (and they will remain close almost continually). By contrast, barbs will be swimming all over the place. And this can be upsetting for the calmer fish. Take a look at each species in our profiles, this is mentioned.

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Old 09-15-2012, 09:59 PM   #8
 
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I've got a 125 gallon tank I'm waiting to finish the stand for before I setup, but I have the filters cycling in my 70 gallon for now. I want this tank to be all about Tetras since I like to see groups of active schooling fish. Heres my list of fish I'd like to have, and let me know which I should remove/how many of each I should have

Harlequin Rasbora (15 of these)
Lemon Tetra (12)
Neon Tetra (10)
Cardinal Tetra
Corydora (10)
Emperor Tetra
Bleeding Heart Tetra
Penguin Tetra
Blue Colombian Red Tail
Tiger Barb/Five Banded Barb
Pearl Gourami ( wanted a larger fish type since all the rest are only around 2 inches )

I know the Barbs and the Blue Colombian can be aggressive but I figure with enough of them, enough space to hide and a tank this large ( 72x18x22 ) they should be calm but I really like the look of them and would like to use them if I could
Penguins are aggressive towards neons and cardinals and harlequin I guess. It isnt advisable to mix those
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:40 AM   #9
 
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Penguins are aggressive towards neons and cardinals and harlequin I guess. It isnt advisable to mix those
Thanks for the info, they were a maybe in my books I can live without them
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:36 AM   #10
 
Also Byron, what kind of centerpiece fish would I be able to keep with a tank full of Tetra if I decide to not go with the Gourami? Looked at Angelfish and they're a no-no
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