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post #1 of 22 Old 05-20-2012, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Odd and Strange Fish to get

I bought a tank and set it up and all and im looking at filling it with strange and odd looking fish, any suggestions
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-20-2012, 06:51 AM
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That would depend entirely on the size of the tank you got....

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
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That would depend entirely on the size of the tank you got....
size isnt a problem its a 2 ft tank but i want something up to 6 inch
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size isnt a problem its a 2 ft tank but i want something up to 6 inch
A 2 foot tank is too small for any fish attaining 6 inches, aside perhaps from a few quiet catfish.

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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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I agree. Plus, what are your water parameters?
There are a few odd looking small fish out there.
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A 2 foot tank is too small for any fish attaining 6 inches, aside perhaps from a few quiet catfish.
+1 on that.

Putting a 6" fish into a 24" tank is like a person living in a walk-in closet.
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parameters and that stuff dosnt matter i can change it quite easily but this is no help i just would like to hear a list of strange looking fish
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parameters and that stuff dosnt matter i can change it quite easily but this is no help i just would like to hear a list of strange looking fish
While I agree with you to a point that chemistry is generally not that important - stable water is better than perfect water so I would not use any products to alter the water chemistry unless your water is at an extreme. Even then, there are natural ways to do it.

Most strange looking fish require larger tanks to 48+". You could probably keep an afican butterfly. It's not an active fish - it sits around in a big tank just the same as a small tank IME. It is certainly an odd looking fish - it's closest relative is the arowana.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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Yes, but if you want a variety, as you will with smaller fish, it's important to keep same parameter species together all the same. And keeping fish in improper conditions can lead to shortened lifespans.
Two interesting soft water species could be a school of hatchetfish and glass catfish.. along with a butterfly or two on top.

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post #10 of 22 Old 05-20-2012, 09:33 PM
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He asked for strange FISH. Not parameters, if you give him some ideas he can FIND OUT the parameters, I thought that would have been obvious guys.

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