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ghostgirl 10-31-2010 07:45 PM

tank mates and size
I am ordering a 135 gallon tank 72 in length 18 in width. I currently have 2 bgk that are 4 inches and 2 Balas 4 inches. I have a trio of neon tetras as well. I was thinking I would really like to get 3 discus fish (or more). Would that size tank be big enough for all of these guys? It will be a planted tank with plenty of hideouts.

kitten_penang 11-04-2010 07:28 AM

more then enough =)

ghostgirl 11-05-2010 09:26 PM

I was/am just worried because the BGK get to be 21" and the balas 12"

jeaninel 11-05-2010 10:09 PM

I think you'd be fine with the BGKs and the Balas. I don't think I would do Discus with the Balas though since they are known to be rather nervous and skittish fish and may stress the Discus.

ghostgirl 11-05-2010 10:15 PM

that was my main worry was if they would all get along. Hans and frans (balas) leave twist and shout (bgk) alone and vice versa but they were introduced into the tank at the same time. Actually the LFS had them in the same bag as well. Hans and Frans chase one another all the time and twist and Shout do the same. But if Discus are skiddish I can see that alone causing a problem.

Any suggestions for colorful fish that will be able to ignore the "boys"? Or should i just get more neon tetras?

kitten_penang 11-06-2010 12:45 AM

nooo.... neons.the become snacks later on when they fit in their mouths. maybe tinfoils will be ok.

ghostgirl 11-06-2010 08:58 AM

I bought them originally to be eaten. Noone seems to be very interested in them though. I will probably buy a few more and when/if they start getting eaten I'll switch to something bigger and buy feeder fish for the boys.

kitten_penang 11-06-2010 12:25 PM

if you want feeeder fish.better breed your own.use guppies they breed real easily and you have a lot of fry at different sizes to feed your fish

ghostgirl 11-06-2010 10:17 PM

thanks I'll keep that in mind

kitten_penang 11-07-2010 01:58 AM


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