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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-29-2012, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Suggestions for horror-themed tank?

I'm planning to start a horror-themed tank within the next year and would like some suggestions as to fish and plants. I already know that I want to have some Blind Cave Tetras but I'm not sure about which fish would be good tank-mates and still go with my scary theme. As for plants, looking for something with darker, maybe reddish foliage? Also I'm sort of a beginner on a budget, so really finicky expensive fish are probably not the best idea. ^^;
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-29-2012, 10:11 PM
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You should definitely get a ghost shrimp! LOL
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-29-2012, 10:24 PM
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Ghost Shrimp and mosses would look nice especially with some nice rock and drift wood. Looking forward to everyone else's additions.
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I'm thinking of black ghost knifefish..

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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-29-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of black ghost knifefish..
I was thinking that too, I would LOVE to have one of those. Unfortunately I think 20 gallons is gonna have to be my limit, and I'm pretty sure that's not big enough.
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yeah, they can grow up to a foot. a dark colored drift wood or stone could help. and moonlights could be awesome too.

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Glass catfish!

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I wanted to do this before with little stone gravestones (you can find them online), mosses, hairgrass for overgrown grass around the stones and just orange eyed black tiger shrimp and pumpkin orange shrimp (with black eyes). Well this was more for a year round halloween theme. lol.

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my nephew used to be fascinated by my "pleco with gross worts"--a bristlenose.
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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-30-2012, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Any thoughts on a Dinosaur Bichir? Will it eat the tetras?
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post #12 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-30-2012, 01:06 AM
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The 'Dinosaur Bicher ' (Polypterus semegalensis) is a predator that can reach a foot long (and mine are still growing).
They dine on guppies (culls from my breeding efforts) as often as I put them in the tank, and I blame them for the disappearance of a few other fish, larger than Guppies.
NO WAY would they be OK in a 20 with small fish.
The largest snake/worm sort of fish that I would go with would be Kuhlie Loaches. There are dark ones (not quite black, but close) and a couple of species that are brown and gold.

Clear fish like Glass Cats or Pristella Tetras (a very easy fish) would look really good with moonlight.

If you are looking for fish with horror-names, how about Skunk Cories?
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Vampire tetras! So awesome and scary looking.
*edit-Ooops they get huge Like 3feet!
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The new Glofish Tetras- or black skirt tetras.

Bleeding heart tetras/rummynoses for a bloodied look?

A good crowntail betta male..with reds or blacks - or even an all white one for a ghosty look

Firetrack? eels..not sure about their care, probably wont work but black+orange, great colour.

Definitely ghost shrimp... not sure if black tigers or oebt can be considered creepy
And not that it would be compatible either but do mutant headed goldfish/bubble/telescope eyes work too? LOL. They can be the frankensteins.
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Maybe a pair of pearl scale veil tail angels? They'd look kinda ghostly white.
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