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GasmanMN 01-18-2008 06:41 AM

Choosing first catfish for large tank.....
New to the hobby.

Started my first tank 2 months ago. I'll post a some pic's when the forum allows me.

Hoping to keep peaceful fish, Almost finished with thh initial cycling of the tank. Ammonia back to zero, Nitrites at 0.3 ppm, hope to see the at zero by the weekend.

Currently using artificial plants. No driftwood currently. Using well water so it's hard water. pH running around 8.0

Fish consist of:

6 Danios
6 Gold Barbs
5 Cherry Barbs
4 Black Neon Tetra's
4 Columbian Tetra's
2 Thick-Lipped Gouramis
6 Neon Tetra's

Would like to start adding 2 pleco's after my cycling is done. I'd like to go with a smaller variety. I want to keep all my fish under 6 inches. I'm looking to do multiple large schools of fish with a few larger signature type fish (angels?).

I don't have a sand substrate. It's a small to medium gravel. Any suggestions from the experts?

herefishy 01-18-2008 08:19 AM

One thing for sure is you'll need to add some wood. Plecos love to gnaw on a little wood. You didn't say how large your tank is. But, if you are looking for some medium to large peaceful catfish, you're selections are few. I like farowellas. These are a neat fish that demand having a little wood to chew on. They are very unique, very peaceful, and would make a very intreresting addition to your tank. They don't get real big, but they develope a long filament from their tail as they mature. Briitskis, a large corie type cafish, would also be neat.

GasmanMN 01-18-2008 02:46 PM

My tank is 210 gallons.

Lindsey88 01-18-2008 03:02 PM

You can't go wrong with a shoal of cories (about 5 cm). They are so cute. They should be in a shoal of 4-6. Small types of plecos are bristlenose (15 cm) and bulldog/rubberlipped (10 cm)

GasmanMN 01-18-2008 03:24 PM

Gump 01-18-2008 04:45 PM

With what you plan to keep in the tank I would say go with a synodontis.

My favorite of the family is the synodontis decorus pictured here:

I have owned many species of this family and they have all been peaceful and i even kept some with fish like you have with out problem. They can be pushy towards each other as they like to have there space but you should be able to get one of the larger species (if available in your area) and be very happy.

okiemavis 01-21-2008 02:55 PM

What a gorgeous tank! That gravel looks pretty smooth too. Personally, I'd go for two different shoals of Corys. If you get about 6 of one breed and 6 of another, they'll split off into their respective groups and it's fun to watch the two groups stick together, and interact with each other. I love cories, they're very peaceful, great community fish!

tonywaits 02-18-2008 09:11 PM

For a newbie to the hobby, you sure went all out. That is one gorgeous tank.

bf2king 02-18-2008 09:16 PM

what about a whipetail cat?

Lupin 02-18-2008 09:17 PM


Originally Posted by bf2king
what about a whipetail cat?

Good suggestion.:nicefish:

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