Is there something other than Angels that would effectively and attractively/interestingly fill the middle?
Let me clarify a bit: Mollies will be and guppies are in their own tanks. The guppies have started (and I anticipate the mollies will start) having more fry than I can keep.
What I'd like is to set up a tank to receive those fry that has some sort of interesting fish that will eat them.
I agree that Angels would work well. However, once the turtle has gone back to the lake from whence he came (sometime next summer) I plan on setting up the 75 gallon as a largish latin american community tank with red platies as food generators for a school of angelfish (preferably altums). Specs on that tank: Heavily planted - swords, pennywort, cabomba, bacopa, ludwegia, jungle vals. Fish: 6 Angels, 8 platies, 8 Emperor Tetras, 8 Silver hatchets, 5 Corys, 2 Banjo Cats, 1 bulldog pleco. (After being established for 6 months, I'll add some bristlenosed plecos and more emperor tetras and corys.)
The point of all that is that I'd like to do something else with the 46 gallon.
There are three interesting points of departure that I can think of, and I'd be delighted with any others. The ones I can come up with are:
- A community based around some african butterfly fish (1 to 3)
- 1 or 2 Senegal Bichirs, a featherfin or hoplo catfish, a pleco, and some sort of largish dither fish (what, I don't know)
- A small school (3) pictus cats, and some fish that could live with them
Ideally, this would be a planted tank, regardless of what was in it.
So, any ideas to flesh out any of those ideas or to take it in a completely different direction would be great.