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Fade2White12 06-18-2007 05:12 PM

I Need Some Fish Recommendations
Hello everyone!

I currently have a freshwater 90 gal tank and I'm looking to add some fish to it. It currently has:

1 White Sev
1 Leporinus
1 Krib
1 Blood Parrot
2 Black Skirts
2 Rosy Barbs
1 Very large Tinfoil Barb
2 Large Silver Dollars

I'm looking for some fish that are semi-aggressive, but not overy aggressive that will cause problems with the rest of the fish. But also some that aren't too docile that they get bullied by the Leporinus, Sev, and Parrot. Any suggestions?

Thanks :)

mHeinitz57 06-18-2007 05:46 PM

I would get some catfish species in there. Maybe a silvertipped shark or a pictus cat. If you can find a shovelnose cat, that would be awesome though he may suck up your tetras and barbs depending on their size. I'm a huge fan of bichirs, they have the most personality out of any fish i've seen. They grow quickly and are fun to watch. You'd probably be ok with some loaches too. Balas would go well in there too. Keep in mind, your rosey barbs and black skirts will probably get too small for some of those fish and may get picked on. You may want to consider moving them eventually.

leifthebunny 06-18-2007 06:18 PM

Wow, your tinfoil hasn't eaten the tetras or other smaller fish?

Pictus cats are good, but they will need a daytime hiding spot. Rainbowfish are also pretty good in a semi-aggressive tank. Bala sharks would make a good addition as well. Some of the smaller knifefish would do well (be careful, several species get well over 24").

Fade2White12 06-18-2007 06:19 PM

Thanks for the reply :)

However, I should clarify that I want to definitely continue to use flakes or some dry foods because it would be somewhat of a hassle to get feeder fish or live food because of where the closest lfs is located. I also do have a Clown Loach in there too I forgot to mention.

So really, I need some fish that won't be too inconvenient for me to care for, and that would bring some more character to my tank.

leifthebunny 06-18-2007 06:21 PM

I would advise against using feeder fish anyways. As they are meant to be food, some places raise them in poor conditions so it's a risk to your fish. If you decide to do feeder fish, raise them yourself.

As for "live" food, have you looked at frozen? Even as a suppliment. It's always good to the fish to provide them treats every now and then.

Fade2White12 06-18-2007 06:27 PM

Even something frozen would be difficult for me to keep. Anything dried that I can keep under the tank is perfect. I've always loved Bichirs and especially the Shovelnose, but I'm not sure whether their diet can be primarily dried foods - I'm really no fish expert ;) Also, I'm also a cichlid fan, so those I would be quite open to as well.

Edit: I also completely forgot to list my scavenger fish! I have a medium sized pleco, and some type of pleco/catfish that is very dark, almost black, with small white spots on him - he's very boney looking, but I'm not sure of the species.

frogman6 06-18-2007 07:59 PM

yeh i would go with a bichir myself i agree with heintz they are a really cool fish. but other than that its up to you but dont go off and buy a red tail catfish please if u see them they get huge

mHeinitz57 06-18-2007 10:51 PM

yeah red tails are ginormous. You can try dry foods with teh species I mentioned but some prefer frozen or live. DO you not own a freezer at home? My bichir eats flakes and algea wafers and even veggies I put in there but that is really rare. I mainly feed him frozen but he pretty much eats anything. some bichirs will ONLY eat frozen or live though. A lot of them you can get to eat sinking shrimp pellets though.

Fade2White12 06-19-2007 10:54 AM

I guess i could try to accomodate using some type of frozen food - just as long as I dont need to feed my fish 10 different things at night. lol

I really am somewhat stumped on what to get... A Bichir or large Cat might get too big for me to keep comfortably in my tank. I'm really leaning towards some semi-aggressive cichlid, but I'm not sure which.

mHeinitz57 06-19-2007 11:29 AM

bichir wont get too big for your 90.

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