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What to add next
Hey guys, looking for a little input as i cant decide. I have a 75gal well planted and established tank that i am looking to add a few more fish to. I currently have:
1 banded gourami
6 black skirt tetra
4 harley rasbora - adding 2 or 3 more
5 cory cat
4 cardinal tetra
pond snails - they dont bother me too much, just pluck a few out every now and then.
I was thinking of adding a BN Pleco and probably about half a dozen of one of the following:
I am open to any and all suggestions of what you guys think will be a nice compliment to the tank. i am dying to add angels, but im afraid they wont play well with others. Prob end up doing a seperate angel tank one day.
If I had a tank that large I'd put 5-6 Boeseman Rainbow fish. With good water quality and plants they are so colorful and beautiful, especially males. You'd have to do some research on how they'd work with those other fish. I have the Dwarf Neon Rainbows, but they really don't have much color, unless they are in a tank with lights off and light hits them. I also like loaches, many varieties, peaceful, fun to watch. Clown, Burmese, ladder loaches, Khuli, Angelica Botica (Sorry about spelling). Too many fish names I can't spell and haven't tried to memorize yet :)
oooh, I forgot about them. I was looking at them when i first started the tank. You are right, there are too many and its too difficult to decide, thats why i am looking at you guys to put a bug in my ear as to what i want.
what are your water parameters? (ph, temperature)
I love rummy nose tetra and they would enjoy 75 gallon. ( assuming your ph is no higher than 7 but preferably lower).
They are better in bigger groups though. Maybe 9 instead of 6.
Also you may want to add another 2 or 3 cardinal tetra to make them more comfortable.
And I love loaches. Wish I could have them all lol. I have zebra loaches and they are amazing, but there are others like mentioned above.
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I vote Rummynose. They are one of my favorite tetra. Or Lemons would be nice too.
Boesemani are beautiful fish but they can be very boisterous....maybe a bit too much so for the more sedate fish you already have.
I honestly dont know the water params right off. I jsut returned from a 6 month deplyoment and havent tested it yet. trimmed out some of the pennywort, but other than that i havent had time to do much else to it. I will give it a test over the weekend and post what i find.
What loach would be recommended. I know they can get large, but i think i have the space for it. Would i be better off with a loach in place of the BN Pleco?
Loaches do best in groups. I am not going to recommend a species because I don't want to give bad advice, but check the profiles and see what you like. They like Caves made of rock and wood and are very entertaining. Not all get big, but some, like clown loaches get very very big.
I actually have a few rock caves in the tank. I have a slate rock formation with two caves on each side of the tank. Not really a cave so to speak, but something more like three pillars with a slate top and another two pillars and a top above that, so that it is open on all side for the fish to swin thourgh. plenty of hiding places, but the gourami owns one of the larger ones, he likes hanging out there. I just havent seen any loaches in any of the shops around here. Maybe a clown loach once or twice, but i think thats it. I will have to take another look.
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