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Elvis 12-06-2010 01:51 PM

New fresh water tank want different fish
I have a 75 gallon fresh water tank with:

6 Neon tetra
2 zebra danio
3 Red Dwarf Gouramis
8 Guppies
2 Red wag platy

My dad just bought the aquarium and he just threw fish in there without researching anything so I was wondering, am I stuck with community fish now? If so is there any exciting community fish I could add to this selection?

I would like to add one or 2 pictus catfish but I was told they will be too aggressive for the small fish. I'm kinda bummed out that I can't get any cooler fish now all the nice fish seem to be semi-aggressive or more.

Mikaila31 12-06-2010 02:13 PM

Well, what are nice fish to you? A pictus cat will eventually eat all those fish. I personally prefer peaceful community over semi aggressive and never go near aggressive.

Also much more importantly, you NEED to look into properly cycling your tank or you are probably going to lose most of the fish you add. This being a 75gallon you are probably okay at the moment. But you need to make sure the cycle finishes before you can slowly start increasing your stock.

BEARitone 12-06-2010 02:49 PM

There are tons of great tetra and rasbora that have wonderful colors and swim in impressive schools. There are unique, rare and/or difficult to care for fish that are well worth the effort, like the german blue ram. Guppies alone come in lots of amazing colors and they breed really easily which is fun and interesting.

If you are really unhappy with a community tank see if the local fish store takes fish for credit. As long as they are healthy they usually don't mind. Or give them away on craigslist, there are plenty of folks who could add them to their community.

I could stock corys, tetras and rasbora over and over again and be happy, but that is just me.

Elvis 12-06-2010 03:35 PM

Ok well my main question was what other fish would be a good addition to the tank that I already have?

Its been running for about a month now a few fish have died in the beginning and a few tetras are worrying me a bit because I have already lost 3 to neon tetra disease. They start swimming away from their schools and look like they are loosing color. This is why I kind of want to stay away from tetras they don't seem to do too well in my tank.

The guppies are doing amazing I have 5 males and 3 females (i bought 2 females the other day). They are for sure going to have offspring one female is already pregnant and its apparent.

One Gourami has died about a week ago and another one is not looking too good. The other 2 are looking alright however, they are also a lot bigger than the sick looking one.

The Danios and the Platys never had or have any problems, the Danios are actually pretty fun to watch since there is only 2 of them and they chase each other in the tank, but it looks playful.

I would like some bigger fish tho and it seems that all of them would eat my current fish. If I don't find any I will probably buy a smaller tank and transfer all these fish into it and start over with the 75 gallon.

jeaninel 12-06-2010 03:42 PM

Congo Tetra or some of the Rainbow fish (such as Boesemani) would work well I think and they get a little more size on them....about 3-4".

Elvis 12-06-2010 10:47 PM

Whats a good "utility" fish to add in there to clean the tank?

thefishboy 12-11-2010 06:18 AM

Bn Plecos are nice small algea cleaners, i find there nicer to llok at than to eat the little algea i have. Corydoras, Shrimp and snails are a good clean up crew..

totziens 12-12-2010 12:07 AM

Get yourself some ottos. They will help to reduce algae.

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