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LisaC144 06-21-2010 12:18 PM

Upgrading from 55g to 120g!! Stock suggestions?
I've been wanting to upgrade my fish tank for a few months now and was just waiting for a good deal. I was looking for around 90 gallons and I found an amazing deal on Craigslist and nabbed a 120 gallon fish tank with tank, stand, and filter! It included a Rena filter which I am unfamiliar with. It is AMAZING!! It will be a couple weeks before it is up and runnig. I need to purchase new filter media for the filter, figure out how to set it up, and I will probably take Angel079's suggestion and use black window tint as a background instead of a poster. I also need to purchase more gravel and of course PLANTS!!!!

My current stock in my 55g is:

2 Angelfish
2 Bolivian Rams
10 Neon Tetra
6 Rummynose Tetra
2 female swordtail (newbie mistake with set up)
6 albino cories
1 albino bristlenose pleco

Sooo, now I am looking for suggestions on what to add to this monster 120g tank! Plan so far is to increase my school of rummynose to about 15 and cory catfish as well. I will not be getting more neons as I know there is a chance my Angel's will find them as a nice snack as they get bigger. I may also get one more bristlenose pleco. My one Angel is aggressive towards other Angel's and has actually killed any others I try to put in the tank with him, but the two currently in there get along great. Therefore, I'm not sure if I'll try to increase my Angels now that I have a larger tank or leave them as two nice centerpiece fish.

Now for other suggestions. After reading, I love the Boesemani Rainbow fish and am considering 7 of them. After that, I am at a loss as to what would look good in this tank with my current stock. It is a 6 foot tank that will be fully planted. Please share ideas and suggestions on making this tank AWESOME!!! Thanks everyone!!

LisaC144 06-21-2010 04:13 PM

I'm also considering some gourami's....I believe they will go with my current stock okay.

redchigh 06-21-2010 06:03 PM

I would decide based on your native water ph.

If it's acidic, go with gouramis, tetras, or rasboras.

If it's basic, go with Danios or livebearers.

What is your native ph? I've heard that angels suffer if the ph is above 7, and livebearers suffer if it's under 7.

LisaC144 06-21-2010 07:01 PM

My pH sits right around 7.0. I have mostly tetras now and my 2 Angels. The 2 female swordtails were from when I first started the tank and I listened to the guy at the fish store ;-)

iamntbatman 06-22-2010 06:18 AM

Hmm...the rainbows might not be a bad idea, but right now, other than the misfit swordtails, you've got a pretty nice Amazon thing going on so I'm tempted to suggest more Amazonian fish for the tank. How about some other types of tetra to contrast with the ones you've got, and maybe a nice school of hatchets for up top? You could probably do some other small cichlids like some apistogramma, too.

1077 06-22-2010 07:41 AM

Have always liked the Threadfin Rainbows although they are a bit pricey.
Perhaps a shoal of ten to twelve dwarf chain loaches.
Pleased that you found the Bristlenose you had been looking for.;-)

bearwithfish 06-22-2010 08:22 AM

good deal on the upgrade CONGRATS!!!!!!!! i have to say i agree with 1077 on this one threadfins are beautiful and with so much room they would be great!

LisaC144 06-22-2010 09:32 AM

I never even heard of the Threadfin Rainbowfish before. After googling, they are a pretty fish and will be taken into consideration for sure. As Iamntbatman suggested, I think keeping it as an Amazonian theme is a good idea although I did fall in love with hte Boeseman Rainbowfish. Hatchetfish are interesting as well and I want to get some loaches too. Always found them so interesting. What loach would you recommend? The dwarf loach is nice, but I have a feeling I'd have a hard time getting them in my area (although I found a website that offers free shipping with a 14 day guarantee on orders over $199).

Iamntbatman, I had 7 Bleeding Heart Teteras in my 55g that I had to take back because they were fin-nipping pretty bad. Is there another colorful tetra you can recommend that isn't as notorious for fin-nipping?

Thanks, 1077! FINALLY found the bristlenose pleco I've been huinting down for months! Only got him about a month ago and he was so tiny I was a bit nervous to put him in the tank. He's grown a good inch now and is fitting right in wonderfully :-)

aunt kymmie 06-22-2010 12:24 PM

Congrats Lisa!! I'm so happy you are able to upgrade to this larger tank. You're going to LOVE it! I'm right there with 1077 on the dwarf chain suggestion. I love mine. Yes, they are pricey, but worth every penny in my book. If it was me (and it's not) I'd go with the $199.00. How much per loach are they at that site?? I haven't kept polka dot loaches (Botia kubotai ) and intend one day to keep them. They are a smaller sized loach and I'm not sure how rambunctious they are and if they'd bother the peaceful cories. I know Byron keeps them, and I *think* he has them in a tank that also houses cories.

I know that Congo Tetras aren't in keeping with the Amazon theme but they would do well in your water, are a beautiful fish, readily available, and if kept in the proper size school (at least six) they'd be just fine in a well planted tank and not bother your angels.

LisaC144 06-22-2010 12:53 PM

The free shipping with $199 purchase was PetSolutions we discussed via PM and I agree with you that if ordering fish online to choose a site that deals with fish only. Therefore, I am not using that site as an option anymore. I am definitely getting a shoal of loaches. Either the dwarf loach or the Botia kubotai. I will discuss the Botia kubotaito confirm if they will get along with cories or not.

Congo Tetra wil ldefinitely be placed atthe top of my list. They are seem to be pricey, but beautiful! I'm still in love the Boeseman Rainbows, although no one has commented on them yet ;-)

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