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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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How would you stock a 210gallon planted tank?

i plan on stocking my planted tank, But i lack the experience on whats what, so i neeed some serious input. How would you stock it, i want shrimp and cleaners in the tank and as many fish as i can within a natural balance.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 02:34 PM
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This would be my dream team clean up crew for a tank that size: 10 amano shrimp, 10 otocinclus catfish, 15 panda cories (I have three types of cories and these are by far the most entertaining).

I really enjoy my small school of rummynose tetra, I like to watch them weave in and out of everyone else. If I had that tank I would get a big school of 40-50.

You have so many options you could just leave a lot of room to grow for now, waiting for special finds, good deals or discovering what makes you tick or what will be happiest within your parameters.
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I agree except I like neons just personal color preference but you need some serious driftwood
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dude, its a 210. Personally, I would jump on this with some fancy fish like rainbows or blue eyes, depending on the size of fish that you want in this tank.

If you are wanting smaller fish, I would get a massive shoal of threadfin rainbows, but if you want some fish that are a bit heartier I would go with something like red rainbows or bosmani, though I would try to stick with just one species of rainbow if at all possible.

Since this is a 210, you could even try and get away with larger fish like altum angels or even festivums. Hell, I've actualy seen beautiful planted tanks filled with large cichlids as well. Things like severums and blood parrots and jack dempseys. I've even seen a single planted 210 being dominated by a single massive fish.

Basically, give us a direction to go with in terms of what you like and we can throw ideas at you like there's no 2morrow.

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OMG a 210, i wish i had one, this is proably the size tank most people dream of! you can do practically anything you can imagine in there! you could go the cichlid route and do a hrad scape, you can do an all planted tank with Angel fish, Heck you could even slap 100 neons in there with little to no trouble! But you need adequit filtration

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My absolute dream list if i was ever lucky enough to get a BIG tank:

3xdwarf gouramis
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all are at my "top fish" list

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200-300 Celestial Pear Danio's than you can keep all the shrimp you want.

I wanted to do that with my 125, but i ended up going bare bottom with a breeding group of Blue Tilapia.

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40 rummynose tetra
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That would be awesome
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All of the suggestions so far are good. Ideally, IMO, a tank this size deserves the absolute king of fresh water fish - discus. Nothing else comes close. But as most long time fish keepers know, experience and dedication are needed to maintain healthy discus. Although, a planted tank is probably not the best environment for discus on second thought. But, really, for you, there are no limitations. I would be a bit overwhelmed by the possibilities.
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Me personally, I would be making the investment and get wild Discus and like 100+ cardinals Doubt shrimp would last long tho lol

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100 neon tetras, 100rcs and 10 discus.
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post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 08:34 AM
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I find discus to be overdone. Sure they are pretty fish, but I wouldn't call them the "kings" or treat them like the end all aquarium fish.

I personally like to be a bit of a fish hipster and have things that other people don't. Get some big fish like bichirs in there, have a monster fish tank that is also planted. I'd be putting in fancy swords like no 2morrow, as well as tons of madagascar lace plants and rare crypts and anubias, coupled with large stem plants and whatever else floats your fancy. You could even have schools of rare geophagus or something floating around in the tank as well. Or, do a riparium style planted tank with stingrays or something.
Really, the possibilities are limited only to your imagination.

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How about 500 guppies!!! Jk that would turn into 1000000 really fast. I lile the ideal of smaller fish schoolong in nd out of the plants. I myself am a crypt and sword fan so that would be my route. You could do anything with a tank like that.

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I think it really depends on how the tank would be scaped. For me, I am planning about 200+ ember tetras in the 165 I am planning, plus a clean up crew as well. Plants, I am planning anubis, allot swords and crypts.
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Discus for sure Cory's, Neon or Cardinal tetras, a group loaches of your chose, Otocinclus, and a hand full of shrimp {I know the discus will most likely eat them but hay you asked}

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