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post #1 of 8 Old 03-28-2017, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking 35 gal

This is what I'm considering stocking my 35 gal tank with. Thoughts?

Lrg albino bushynose pleco
3 albino Cory's
4? African butterfly cichlid
5? Hatchet fish

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-28-2017, 05:36 PM
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Sounds good enough for me.... I personally would increase to the hatchet school to 8 or so, and cory school to at least 5 buts that me...

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I wondered if those would be good in slightly bigger groups. And that wouldn't overcrowd a 35 gal tank?

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The actual number of gallons isn't nearly as important as the dimensions of the tank. For example, if the tank were 3 feet long and 12 inches tall you could keep a whole lot more fish than if the tank were 12 inches long and 3 feet tall.

I think it's best to keep schooling fish in large schools of 10 or more. In my opinion if you have to cut the school size down to a "minimum" in order to keep them, then the tank is too small/the fish are too large.

Hatchetfish for sure you should have at least 8-10, and same with the corys although it's not as important for them as it is for the hatchets, which are a naturally skittish and nervous fish.

I'm not familiar with the cichlids you mentioned but being Africans, red flags immediately go up. I know some Africans like kribensis are good community fish, but the vast majority of them are not.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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I'm not familiar with the cichlids you mentioned but being Africans, red flags immediately go up. I know some Africans like kribensis are good community fish, but the vast majority of them are not.
What would you recommend for a good centerpiece fish, so to speak, for the tank?

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The only 35 gallon I know of is a hexagon style - what are the dimensions of your tank?

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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The only 35 gallon I know of is a hexagon style - what are the dimensions of your tank?
It is probably 36in long by 14in deep and 17in tall

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That's a good shape - you can definitely keep the larger schools in there. A little fast research indicates that the cichlid is community safe, and that they like to be in a small group. So I would up the Corys and hatchets and see what's what. You might want to add another school for the middle of the tank. You might not

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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