You totally missed out! I was totally considering a TON of small fish.. but those big monsters call out to my heart, and with this plan I got the best I could with the 75 and still have a community.
You can see it here in my tanks thread, under freshwater aquarium photos, My 20 gallon and it's inhabitants. The list is on page 6 (with photos!)
Anyways it's a west African "biotope." African plants are pretty much non existent so I need some slack with that category. I chose Congo tetra over the red eyes, and I realized the Hoplo catfish is South American, so I'm getting a species of synodontis (may or may not be the upside down cats).
I'm REALLY happy with it. I even have room for an African bichir.. but I don't know if I want to go down the bichir road yet, maybe one day but not soon.
My LFS already said they'll special order me the ctenopoma when I'm ready. :)
Haha! You called it. I'd put my 3 goldfish in there and add another 2. I actually plan to upgrade my 55 gallon to a 75 when I have the space and money. As for oddball fish I'm really not too sure as a lot of those need large tanks. What about some killifish? Not very common and males are just gorgeous. I've been looking into the loricariid catfishes recently; maybe you could do a river setup with a loricariid catfish in the substrate. Do you have any native fishes small enough to fit in that tank? Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I was caught in the transit systems of the western world for 24 hours.
What would YOU do with a 75 gallon aquarium? I have no good ideas it seems. :(
I love oddballs, and you know fish so I'm curious as to what all I could have in there.. just I don't want one fish, need to have some variety.
I'm tempted to just shove a bunch of goldfish in there and call it a day. :p
I've heard conflicting things, too. Fishchannel.com says it's exclusive to dwarf gourami. I've seen some sites caution against buying honey gourami that have been housed with dwarf gourami as honies can pick it up. I thought it might be a virus specific to gourami, but then I found an article in PFK that talked about a scientific study in which Murray Cod became infected with the virus after sharing the same water with dwarf gourami (do a search for dwarf gourami virus; it's the first article). Seriously Fish also claims that it is transferable across species but doesn't provide a source. So to be honest, I don't really think anyone knows for certain. I just know that I don't want it in my tank, so I'm going to stay away from dwarf gourami.
Curious, where did you read that dwarf gourami iridovirus is transferable between species? I've always thought that but someone on TFK said it's exclusive to dwarf gourami, as do a few websites. Not sure what to think right now.
I think when you subscribe you can get the back issues (to a certain date) online. I know that's how it works with TFH. I love the articles there, too. I can literally spend hours on that site reading and clicking. I usually have like 20 tabs open and completely forget where I started by then end XD