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cullens089 08-24-2007 12:47 PM

need more fish
well basically i just want more fish but im not quit sure what i want. i need something thats either middle or top dwelling. this is the current list of fish i have oh and my tank is 90 gallons

1. bichir
2. BKG
3. 2 clown loaches
4. 3 lace cats

johnnynuke 08-24-2007 01:29 PM

Top Dwellers
An African Butterfly is a top dweller, stays right on the surface, and gives the appearance that it's updside down,...a.k.a. dead,... Pretty interesting fish. Most LFS carry them.

Lupin 08-24-2007 07:53 PM

The minimum number recommended when keeping loaches is 3. I would suggest adding one more though at the risk that the bottom level won't accommodate any more bottom dwellers as they grow.

A group of silver dollars might do the trick but they're very fast and your other fish may not be able to get their share of food. Severums are also fine choices.

cullens089 08-24-2007 11:35 PM

i ended up gettin 2 more loaches but still wouild like something other then having all bottom dwellers

tophat665 08-24-2007 11:51 PM

I'd say you were full.

If you wanted top put in something to try and fill up the mid part of the tank, Let me suggest that fully grown sword tails might fit the bill and kick off fry that the predators would enjoy.

Alternately, rosy barbs might be big enough to survive, or one of the bigger rainbow fish species.

Howabout a pair of snakeskin gouramis - they get big enough to catch as pan fish.

cullens089 08-25-2007 11:38 AM

everything in my tank is still pretty small right now but i was thinkin maybe some rams? i just want something els cause everything is all at the bottom

tophat665 08-25-2007 05:12 PM

And the rams would be more or less at the bottom too, and get the faeces swiftly beaten out of them. You probably should let it lie as is, but if you must add something, you'll want a topwater or midwater fish in the 3"+ range. If you make it a livebearer, you obviate any need or excuse to introduce possibly disease bearing feeder fish into the system. So I'd go with Swords, 1 male, and however many females you feel will fit (no fewer than 2). They are more tolerant of softer water than Mollies.

thundrbol 08-25-2007 06:56 PM

Birchir, Loaches, sliver dollar are all btm dweller. Not recommended if u dun wan any laying around ur tank bed

cullens089 08-25-2007 09:06 PM

well ic i guess im kinda screwed on getting some more fish lol

Lupin 08-25-2007 09:09 PM


Originally Posted by thundrbol
Birchir, Loaches, sliver dollar are all btm dweller. Not recommended if u dun wan any laying around ur tank bed

Silver dollars are not bottom dwellers. These are schooling mid-dwellers that eat predominantly vegetable matter.

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