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bigsez 02-14-2008 02:27 PM

90g tank--need advice
just got my 90g tank--just finished hooking up all the plumbing for the wet-dry filter and all-- i am a super newbie to all of this aquarium life--my 4 year old loves looking at the fish in the store so we decided to bond and do all of this togther-- i had a friends help who is a hobbyist help me setup the tank--now i came here to ask for this advice:

i want a nice colorful tank with alot of fish-- any ideas of a good mixture to throw in my tank-- please help-- will be very appreciatted--- thanks

crazy4fish 02-14-2008 02:35 PM

well a 90 gallon will be plenty of room to have a lot of fish. since you are a newbi i assume you want something that is hard to kill right? and do you want cichlids or community fish?

bigsez 02-14-2008 02:40 PM

well i would love for it to be very colorful-- and peaceful -- and thanks for the response-- ive been reading for weeks about the tanks and filters and all-- didnt get up to the fish yet-- any help greatly appreciated

bigsez 02-14-2008 02:42 PM

and alot of different kinds of fish -- i want to be smoking a cigar on the lazy boy and looking at the tank and say wow-- lol

crazy4fish 02-14-2008 02:50 PM

well in that case i think you should go for a community tank. :wink: some possible colorful fish would be...

boesmans rainbowfish; fancy tail guppies; mollies; swordtails; cherry barbs; cories; dwarf gouramis; blue gouramis; pearl gouramis; neon tetras; rummy nose tetras; danios; harlequin rasboras; clown rasboras; black widows; black neon tetras; emperor tetras; hatchet fish; penguin fish; dwarf cichlids; keyhole cichlids; lemon ciclhlids; checkerboard cichlids; angelfish; killifish; pearl catfish; loaches; rainbow fish; platies; pictus catfish; white clouds;

you can google pics of these to see what they look like if you dont already know :wink: and the cichlids that i listed are some of the friendly ones :D

bigsez 02-14-2008 02:54 PM

all o f those fish can be put in the same tank with no problems-- i def want a community tank then-- i also love a red tip shark-- that fish is gorgeous-- cool man thanks for the help-- any other ideas feel free to shoot them at me and once again i appreciate it[/list]

crazy4fish 02-14-2008 03:02 PM

actually angels might not be ok with some of those fish but im not completely sure. and neons and angels wont mix. (angels will eat the neons.) :wink:

scottysgirl 02-16-2008 02:24 AM

Red-tailed sharks can be very aggressive, and get fairily large so that may not be the best choice for a community tank. If I had a 90 gallon (well OK if I had a 90 gallon I would get discus, but I digress...) I would get some German Blue or perhaps Bolivian rams which are hardier, and 2-3 big schools of fish, I would probably go with rummynose tetras and some type of rasbora. You would also need a clean-up crew (a school of cories perhaps) and you could have some hatchet fish in there too which are cool fish...the possibilities are endless...
BTW--checkerboard cichlids are peaceful cichlids and underrated in my opinion, they are very cute and interesting little fish

Amphitrite 02-16-2008 04:43 AM

A couple of questions:

That's a nice size of a tank, and there's a lot you could do with it, depending on a number of factors. What sort of substrate are you planning on using: sand, gravel... ? Would you like to have the tank planted with real plants or would you prefer plastic plants or a more rocky look?

You should have a look at different types of setup on google images, or browse the member gallery on the forum here to see if there's any particular look that appeals to you.

It's much more difficult to change things once you have the tank set up, so it'll help if you can get the look you want from the beginning. :)

Also, have you read up on the cycling process? This is something you have to do to make the tank safe for the fish when you get them. :)

cedricb 02-17-2008 01:46 AM

If you want hardy fishes I won't go for gouramis that I found by the bad way being extremely stressful fish that catche ich easily as well as secondary bacterial infection and fungus...........

they are nice and cheap but boy very stressful.

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