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stiltman 08-29-2009 09:42 PM

Stock my tank
Hello all,

I had a wonderful 75 gallon Rainbow set up running for almost 3 years. Due to a filter accident and too much work getting in the way of my hobby I will be starting over.

I have 6 corries and 1 marbled hatchet left. Truely a nightmare. The hatchet is going to a friend and the cories will be donated to my favorite LFS. I will be moving the tank into the garage for a couple weeks so I can put new carpet in the room that housed this tank.

So, I will be starting with a clean slate.

No the big question. What to put in it.

I have alway wanted a big school of Cardinals or Neons since I entered the hobby (about 15 years ago). I think a nice big group of 40 or 50 would look stunning in my 75 gallon tank. But...what to do for tank mates? We tried Cardinals before the rainbows and within 2 days they all had ich. Are Cardinals and Neons plagued with ich?

Should I take this as an oportunity to make it a nice saltwater set up?

Maybe just a needle nose gar or arowana?

What should I do?

Too many options. Too indecisive.


British 08-29-2009 09:48 PM

Ahh, you're as bad as me. XD I can't really help with your preference but I wish you luck. Just choose the fish that is best suited for your water. You WILL change your mind around 50 times. I'm STILL changing my mind regarding my 125g.

1077 08-30-2009 12:35 AM

British offers sound advice. You must first, determine what your tapwater or water you plan to use , is made up of. By that I mean you need to determine what the pH and alkalinity are.A pH value of 7.0 to 7.6 would be suitable for most tropical fish with the exception of those fish that prefer soft acidic waters such as Cardinal tetras,Discus,and some dwarf cichlids along with many others. If you begin to research the fish that interest you ,you will often find that preferred water chemistry for these fish is listed ,along with information on proper foods,behaivors,compatibility with other fish,etc. It is always easier to keep fish that do well in the water that you have readily available ,than it is to attempt to adjust your water in an attempt to suit the fish. Choosing healthy fish and acclimation of fish to your tank will reduce the mortality rate. Hope some of this helps.

stiltman 08-30-2009 08:19 PM

Thanks guys.

My water is rather soft and comes out of the my well at about 6.9.

More to follow

teddyzaper 08-30-2009 10:00 PM

my opinion would be get a planted tank cause they look beutiful. but also add some neon tetras. idk why but i love those fish. mabey some angel fish. that is just my opinion!

Fishin Pole 08-31-2009 07:00 AM

Dont try angels and neons together........Once the angels reach a certain size, your neons will slowly start to disappear as they are a natural food for angels in the wild........I would allow your tank to mature for a month or so till i would put a large school of neons in it.........Your options are quite open with a 75........ALot of fish could work for you in this tank, its just a matter of decision making.......Good Luck!

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