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02-20-2013 02:31 AM
ggsteve
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Nah, rope fish aren't anything I'd be interested. If I was going to do a bichir, I'll do a real bichir. I had an albino sen and a brown one...both cool, but I'd rather have something nicer if I go that route. I'm leaning towards the African theme with bichirs, butterflies, and leaf fish. But I'd like to see if there's a way to add a splash of color in there too. Maybe a non-aggressive cichlid? Or a school of some sort of tetras/barbs, even knowing there will be losses. Something cheap and that can be easily replaced.
For a little flash and/or color in an African soft water tank I would consider Congo tetras and Kribensis.
02-20-2013 12:54 AM
driftwoodhunter
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Same here. I'd probably still end up with some sort of plants. But nothing that needs ferts, special lighting, or CO2.
Simply out of ignorance and lack of funds, my tanks are all non CO2, special lighting, or ferts (except for osmocote caps when I remember for the substrate plants, every few months). I use a regular diamond plate T8 fixture from Home Depot and the reflector is so polished I have to raise the light several inches off the tank top - on a 125g. That light is perfect for crypts, anubias, ferns, bolbitis, etc. I guess because my set ups are so low tech/low light, I've never gotten into stem plants - but I find I love the narrowleaf java fern/big broad leafed anubia combos. Long skinny trailing leaves and big fat upright leaves. I'm perfectly happy with this look and it's so easy to care for. At the advice of someone that I recently got anubias from, I started using Excel. I only do a 1/2 dose once (at most twice) a week and I have seen positive changes in the deep green color of the plants and the typically slow growth associated with low tech has sped up a bit (as fast as low tech can - lol). I'm very pleased with the ease of care - the main reason I'm going this route with my future tanks. I don't think you would mind a few simple plants that don't have to be in the substrate and don't have to be coddled/trimmed.
02-20-2013 12:38 AM
HybridHerp
Debating fish again. 75g tank, non-planted...help me decide

Kk.
I mean, I'm still thinking of cichlids myself, an EBJD would so nice...as would a parrot or pair of crypto heroes.
02-20-2013 12:01 AM
Nubster
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Originally Posted by HybridHerp View Post
Look at my 75 lol
Lots of cichlid options
And you can even plant if you wanted
I actually did read your whole thread. I didn't pay attention to the particular fish you had other than the bichirs and angels, which are a million percent NO for my tank. The angels that is.

I'll revisit and see what else you have in there and see if anything peaks my interest.
02-19-2013 11:48 PM
HybridHerp
Debating fish again. 75g tank, non-planted...help me decide

Look at my 75 lol
Lots of cichlid options
And you can even plant if you wanted
02-19-2013 11:48 PM
Nubster
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I'm interested to see what you end up doing - my next tank (maybe both my next tanks) aren't going to be planted either. I love rocks and driftwood, so I'll be focusing on those along with column feeders such as anubias, needle (or narrow) leaf java fern, and pennywort as a floater like I use it now. Black Diamond substrate. Easy-peasy, low tech/low light.
Same here. I'd probably still end up with some sort of plants. But nothing that needs ferts, special lighting, or CO2.
02-19-2013 11:47 PM
Nubster
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I mean, you could satisfy both worlds and do a ropefish with larger rainbow species. Smaller albino sens would also work, but I think ropes would be nicer.
Nah, rope fish aren't anything I'd be interested. If I was going to do a bichir, I'll do a real bichir. I had an albino sen and a brown one...both cool, but I'd rather have something nicer if I go that route. I'm leaning towards the African theme with bichirs, butterflies, and leaf fish. But I'd like to see if there's a way to add a splash of color in there too. Maybe a non-aggressive cichlid? Or a school of some sort of tetras/barbs, even knowing there will be losses. Something cheap and that can be easily replaced.
02-19-2013 11:40 PM
driftwoodhunter I'm interested to see what you end up doing - my next tank (maybe both my next tanks) aren't going to be planted either. I love rocks and driftwood, so I'll be focusing on those along with column feeders such as anubias, needle (or narrow) leaf java fern, and pennywort as a floater like I use it now. Black Diamond substrate. Easy-peasy, low tech/low light.
02-19-2013 11:19 PM
HybridHerp
Debating fish again. 75g tank, non-planted...help me decide

I mean, you could satisfy both worlds and do a ropefish with larger rainbow species. Smaller albino sens would also work, but I think ropes would be nicer.
02-19-2013 05:52 PM
Nubster I do like the idea of some color. Bichirs, leaf fish, and buttlerfiles would be pretty drab.
02-19-2013 05:46 PM
Alaskan Fishface A tank full of colorful Rainbows
02-19-2013 05:43 PM
Nubster Aren't they kinda of an advanced fish to keep? If so, not interested. I'd really like something that is pretty easy to keep. Feed them, change their water weekly/bi-weekly, go about my day. I don't want to have to mess with water chemistry, fertilizers, CO2, all that jazz. I do love the way discus look though. Would they even work in a 75g tank? I always thought they needed larger. I've never looked into them though so my knowledge about them, as you can tell, is pretty much zero.
02-19-2013 05:38 PM
Neatfish Discus is what you really want.
02-19-2013 05:22 PM
Nubster That's the thing. Not sure what I want. I love oddballs but they either get too big or have to be housed separately or with limited other fish. I've had bichirs before. Awesome fish. I'd consider getting them again, I don't want the common brown one though. Maybe a Delhezi since they have some pattern and coloration but stay small enough to be housed in a 75g for life. But I'd like to find some suitable tank mates too if I went that route. I don't want just a handful of bichirs in the tank, I'd like some variety.

I thought maybe a Bolivian Ram community tank too. Maybe 5 rams and a bunch of tetras/barbs and cory cats. Or, maybe if the rams would work with the bichirs, that might be an idea. I think that the rams max out at around 4" or so, that might be big enough to not be looked at as food. I'll have to research that some. Butterfly fish are cool too and work with bichirs...maybe some Spotted African Leaf Fish (Ctenopoma)...bichirs, leaf fish, butterflies, get an african theme going...I don't know.
02-19-2013 03:51 PM
HybridHerp look at my 75....I have 2 bichirs in there.

you could always try rope fish as well......tell us what you want as far as fish go, and I can help you out. I was a fish only person for far longer than I've been a planted tank person. and it was mostly oddballs and cichlids.
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