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post #11 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 03:29 AM
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Okay, this may be a silly question, but what's a BGK? I'm totally drawing a blank on what that could stand for...
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post #12 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 03:35 AM
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It's a black ghost knife, isn't it? Yeah, I should've given that another thirty seconds of thinking before I asked....

As for a suggestion for your tank, I'm super gung-ho madly in love with cichlids. If it were me I would do something like a pair of ram cichlids (they're GORGEOUS) with a small school of something like rummynose tetras, some marbled hatchetfish up top, and a few cute little cories on the bottom (my favorite are the peppered but some people find them boring).
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post #13 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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post #14 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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I was looking at some keyhole cichlids but I think I'm gonna go with about 6 Discus, 12 neon tetras and 4-5 panda corys. I was looking at the peppered corys but it didn't look like they could withstand the temp of the tank where it needs to be for the Discus.
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post #15 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 09:44 AM
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Sorry to be a downer but there is no way you should have 6 Discus in a tank that size. They can grow to 6" and are very difficult fish to keep.

Minimum size tank should be 75 gallons and they require a lower ph range (7.0 is neutral, they are best kept at 6.0 or 6.2).

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #16 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 04:22 PM
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I agree with Romad, discus would be a bad idea. Along with their size, I have been told that they are VERY sensitive to water quality and their health can rapidly deteriorate in less than perfect conditions. Discus owners must do diligent weekly water changes which, in my experience is not something a lot of novice fish keepers will be consistent about. I'm not implying in any way that you are incapable, just forewarning you the difficulties in keeping discus.

IMO there are a lot of other bright and beautiful cichlids out there who are much easier to care for.
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post #17 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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I'm pretty bummed. I read that they are sensitive and can be hard to keep, I guess I was just hoping I could do it, but the more I think about, I better not risk it. I also have three kids and I don't want them to get stressed. Any suggestions about what I can replace them with. I want something colorful that I can put with a small school and some corys or pictus's.
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post #18 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 05:08 PM
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I don't know much about them but I've also been intrigued with threadfin rainbow fish. There's also lots of killies out there (i think rocket panchax are cool looking) and tetras in every size and shape. It'd be super cool if you did a heavily planted tank with a huge (40 or so) school of some little tetra. The bigger the school, the more natural they will act. And with all the different kinds of tetras, I'm sure you'd be able to find one that tickled your fancy. I suggest looking at the species profiles on this website.

[EDIT: oh gosh, I just realized you said WITH a small school, not IN a small school. Maybe apistogramma?]

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post #19 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I'll look into it.
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post #20 of 32 Old 01-10-2011, 09:42 PM
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In my 55 I have 8 golden barbs, a pair of honey sunset gourami, 3 coryadorus duplicarius, 6 albino corys, 2 peacock gudgeon, 6 flame tetra, 12 neon tetra I have room for more fish and will be adding more after I move the tank to my new house but right now I feel like it has a lot of nice color and everyone gets along fine. I also have a lot of real plants which are way better than plastic ones and are not hard to take care of at all in my opinion.

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