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Kimba 08-17-2012 09:48 AM

Starting new 65g
 
Hello, I am wanting to start up a 65g tank. Right now I don't have anything in it. I am unsure of what type of fish that would suite me best. I had african cichlids a couple of years ago and really enjoyed them and had good luck with them. I did however at the time had a 46 bowfront and felt that it wasn't enough room for them, plus they kept breeding and I was concerned about re-homing and the possibility of hybrids. I ended up having 3 other tanks set up around the house and it just became too much. I was wondering if I could get some ideas on what might be good fish for me. I thought about oscars or parrot cichlids but I like to have a mix of different fish in my tank. I have thought about tetras but prefer something around 2-3" that I can see from a distance and that are a bit more entertaining. If anyone can think of something I would really appreciate it. Even a list of specific mixes of fish would be great. Thanks so much!

cameronpalte 08-17-2012 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Kimba (Post 1203092)
Hello, I am wanting to start up a 65g tank. Right now I don't have anything in it. I am unsure of what type of fish that would suite me best. I had african cichlids a couple of years ago and really enjoyed them and had good luck with them. I did however at the time had a 46 bowfront and felt that it wasn't enough room for them, plus they kept breeding and I was concerned about re-homing and the possibility of hybrids. I ended up having 3 other tanks set up around the house and it just became too much. I was wondering if I could get some ideas on what might be good fish for me. I thought about oscars or parrot cichlids but I like to have a mix of different fish in my tank. I have thought about tetras but prefer something around 2-3" that I can see from a distance and that are a bit more entertaining. If anyone can think of something I would really appreciate it. Even a list of specific mixes of fish would be great. Thanks so much!

To start the dimensions of your tank are useful. However I will give you a list assuming you are not doing cichlids.

If you would still like a few cichlids you could try 1-3 pairs of german blue rams (just make sure you separate their territories) and they should be fine with the majority of community fish. Generally if your doing german blue rams you're doing lower PH fish something many people don't consider but they shouldn't be kept with livebearers who prefer a PH of high 7's and you should keep your PH low 6's.

I would also try some loaches (I doubt your tank if big enough for clown loaches).

A few pleco's (bristlenose) would be neat too and maybe a school of 10-12 cardinal/neon loaches to add some more color to your tank.

I'm not sure of larger tetra's (3") so I can't help you their.

Also a school of ~8 zebra danios would work well too.

Byron 08-19-2012 05:02 PM

Kimba, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. You might get some ideas browsing those. Knowing your water parameters will also help members to suggest suitable options. The GH and pH of your tap water.

Byron.


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