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post #1 of 6 Old 08-18-2007, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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80 Gallon Tank Help

Hi all,

I'm a bit of a newbie to all of this, and the first time I set up my tank, I trusted the experts *ahem* at Petco to tell me what was compatible and what wasn't and after a bunch of my fish were dying, I realized after doing some research that most weren't compatible with each other at all. All I have left is the following:

1 bala shark
1 angel fish
1 fancy-looking goldfish (not totally sure of the specific type)

I want to restock the tank, but I want to get your opinions on what I should restock it WITH that won't go crazy on each other. What would you suggest, and what would be my maximum capacity?

Any help is appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-18-2007, 12:58 PM
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Welcome to Fishforum.com, JRuss.

I would get rid of the bala shark and goldfish if I were you. Petco was wrong to suggest goldfish, a coldwater species to be mixed with tropical fish. Balas are far too active for the likes of the angelfish and goldfish and will need a longer and bigger tank than an 80 gallons.

With an angelfish, why not buy 4 more angelfish of similar size?:) Ideal tankmates are apistogrammas, severum, blue rams, bolivian rams, corydoras, ancistrus plecos, tetras, pencilfish and hatchetfish.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-19-2007, 02:19 AM
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hi,and welcome.
you poor thing,what a disaster,on your first tank.
follow what Lupin has said,and you won't go wrong. :)
you will get to have a lovely tank,honest.
what size is the Angel fish ?
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-19-2007, 09:43 AM
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I'm with Lupin here. If that tank were mine I would be inclined to go with a south american theme and have some more angels, some tetras and maybe a pair of rams. For bottom dwellers I would def recommend cories and maybe some sort of plec. Be careful with the plecs though, for for an ancistrus or clown plec or something, rather than a common. An 80g will seem huge to the plec to begin with as you'd probably buy it young but if it's a common it will outgrow this.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-20-2007, 10:08 PM
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I might skip the pencils as possible angel fodder, but I'm with lupin on the rest.

Actually, I had been pondering a tank along those lines. Let me dig up my stocking sheet. bear with me a moment.....

here we go:
4 Angelfish
5 Dwarf Platies (for live food production)
8 Diamond tetras or 12 Emperor Tetras
8 Silver or 12 Marbled hatchetfish
3 Callicthys callicthys (Armored Catfish - essentially giant cories, but not so stubby), or Brown Hoplos or 5 Porthole or Flag Tailed Porthole catfish (Cories are wunnerful, I have 2 dozen and a tank full of fry, but they are so over played)
1 Banjo catfish (snail patrol. if you have a soft bottom, great. If not, lay down a layer of boiled oak leaves in one part of the tank or him to hang out in)
2 ancistrus plecos - go for albinos if you can find them.

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-21-2007, 12:07 AM
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in an 80 gallon tank with angels as the center peice a african butterfly fish would be a good addition as they are kept frequently with each other even with breeding pairs of angels (they give them something to protect the fry from) here are some pics of mine just be sure not to put themin with fish that they can swallow.



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