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redlessi 10-08-2009 09:15 AM

I want something totally diffrerent
This weekend (hopefully I will be switching my fish from my 35 gallon tank into a new 72 gallon bow front.

So the question of the day is what to do with the soon to be empty 35 gallon tank. I already have guppies, platies, cories and danios and I want something totally different.

Any suggestions

Calmwaters 10-08-2009 09:24 AM

You could do what I did with my new 20 gallon. I put real plants in it which look really nice but I am still trying to find a different type of fish like you. I have guppys, playts, swordtails, corys, and male and female Bettas. Maybe a female Betta tank would be something you could try. I have a 10 gallon set up for my girls and they look very pretty. If you decide to try them I suggest going to the Betta section on here and read about them here:

willieturnip 10-08-2009 09:29 AM

Keep all your fish in the 35, and go cichlids in the 72?

Fishin Pole 10-08-2009 09:31 AM

you could have a pair of breeding convict cichlids that would work well in that tank, but then you will have to deal with convict fry to get rid of.......Most fish stores wont give you anything for them, but its a neat experience raising them, but other fish wont work out well with a breeding pair of them........they will be aggressive with fry in the tank.......You could try a pair of Kribenis or apistogrammas also.....they stay rather small and most varieties are colorful...........A few suggestions of the top of my head.....whatever you decide on, just continue to research water parameters and compatibility with other fish for your chosen species...........Good Luck and congrats on the tank upgrade!

1077 10-08-2009 09:50 AM

You might consider the Brichardi cichlid or perhaps the Jewel cichlid.

Calmwaters 10-08-2009 09:53 AM

Have you ever had Raspora Tetra and Neons together? I have them in my 44 gallon and they llok very pretty because they swim in shoals.

redlessi 10-08-2009 10:31 AM

I saw bolivian rams at the store recently and really liked those. What would go with those and how many could I have? What kind of tank decor do they prefer?

Thanks much!!

1077 10-08-2009 10:53 AM

Research. Google information on the species and their water requirements.
Relying on opinions offered here or other forums often brings confusion. Too many differing opinions as to what will work with what. There are people here who belive it's ok to keep fish in unheated unfiltered bowls.
Published books however, are edited before printing for content ,and accuracy. A quick trip to the book store ,or public library, can save you money and dissapointment . I am troubled by the numbers of people that won't invest the time to research the fish they intend to keep but rather,, expect others who may not be all that knowledgeable ,,to provide them with the information.
When I began keeping fish ,there wasn't any internet and the advice was all just other peoples opinions. This proved to be costly both financially and with numbers of fish lost.
Today,, For someone like me who loathes most everything about computers,, I would be a fool not to take advantage of the information at my fingertips. The fish I care for deserve the best that I can provide and so I fumble my way to the information that is out there just waiting for a few clicks on the mouse pad.

redlessi 10-08-2009 12:34 PM

I totally agree that other peoples opinions could never replace solid research and it is definitely not my intention to do so. Just looking for some friendly input.

Thanks much

jeaninel 10-08-2009 06:31 PM

You'll find a lot of conflicting info on the internet too. You'll just need to do lots of research and kind of sift through it.

I like willieturnips idea of keeping your current fish where they are and making the 72 gallon a cichlid tank. But do lots of research on them first. Decide whether you want African or American cichlids.

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