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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Large fish in a planted aquarium?

Wondering what kinds of larger fish varieties some of you may have in your aquarium.
I'm looking for ideas other than angels, gourami or arowana. What else is there?

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Ropefish :-D
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How big are you talking? If you mean 5 ish inches you have denison barbs, barbs from the genus dawkinsia, wild swordtails, velifera mollies, botia loaches. I wouldn't keep the barbs or loaches or anything bigger in very carefully manicured plantings though. I bet a big planted tank full of something like x. mayae would be very impressive.
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I have a bala shark and clown loaches. The bala shark darts too fast and can rip out plants, the loaches seems fine. If I had to do it over again I'd only buy smaller fish.
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Like someone else said, how big of fish are your talking? When you get to really large fish, they can wreak havoc on plants just with their movement.

More medium size are Rainbow fish and Roseline Sharks. You will see them in many planted tanks. They stay in the 4" to 6" range, and are colorful and active.

You also need to consider the habits of the species, as some are known plant eaters. My advice would be to do your research before you commit to anything. Good luck and look forward to seeing what you do.
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I was just curious if anyone had a planted tank with some large fish. I have a small fish community tank, the largest fish in there are my 2 angels. Just wondering if anyone kept larger fish in their planted tanks.

I totally forgot about ropefish! There are bichrs too. Though I never really see any big ones at the fish stores

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I have kept large eels - Mastacembelus armatus, Channa Aurantimaculata, C. Stewrtii in planted aquariums. They will tear up the delicate plants, but hardy stem plants and large crypts do fine.

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I've seen some nice bichir planted tanks, always wanted to do a big jungle tank with a pair of bichir. with a sump with a big ole guppy colony. toss a few dozen up to the top tank monthly as a sacrifice to the gods of the jungle tank lol.
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Discus comes to mind.

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I currently have a Congo Puffer in a planted tank - I left plenty of space for him to bury himself and planted low tech plants around the perimeter. Works out well! He seems happy with the plants too.

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Several of the larger cichlids work well with some advance planning. At times, several of us have had discussions of these.
I find the larger fish do have some special points to consider but lots of that can be worked around. One point that stops some is the potential for digging so choosing the correct fish and setting the tank with planning for spots to dig and spots for planted can help a lot.
On fish choice, I do not go with very many of the SA/CA cichlids as they do tend to be more trouble than I like but I find several of the African cichlids work well for me. When choosing the larger, I go with those who are from open water and less with those in the mbuna group. Mbuna, being rock fish, will naturally be found near and around the bottom and rocks. The Protomelas group are large bright colored and open water fish who tend to only go to the bottom rarely and when breeding.
I set my tanks with open spots when I want them to breed and they go there while I keep my plants in other areas and up off the floor. If planning to use mbuna, who will dig under and around the rocks, look at putting the plants up on top of the rocks.
This is my 125 with the largest being a nine inch male Protomela insignus and his females and an assortment of the more peaceful mbuna. I have used Labidocromis of several types, Yellow tail acei, bristlenose and algea eaters.

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How about a German Blue Ram. Big enough to catch your eye but doesn't tear out any plants.
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Depends entirely on what you mean by large. If you think gourami are large, so that anything that size or bigger qualifies, there are probably hundreds of possibilities. Here's couple: rainbow cichlids (herotilapia multispinosa) or cupid cichlids (biotodoma cupido). Both are relatively peaceful and don't damage plants. Both get about 4-5".
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How about a German Blue Ram. Big enough to catch your eye but doesn't tear out any plants.
gbr is only like 2-3"...
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