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Old 02-18-2013, 05:08 AM   #1
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Debating fish again. 75g tank, non-planted...help me decide


I'd like something easy-ish. I have an empty 75g tank. I don't really want to screw with plants except maybe the easiest of the easiest, even then, I'm not sure I want to deal with them. I've always loved bichirs, I'd love to get a wolffish, but on the otherhand, I hate to dedicate a tank that size to a single fish or to just a few of one type. I thought maybe cichlids...somebody would have to school me on them cause other than a couple convicts, I've never had them before.

So, if you had an empty 75g tank, what would you do with it?
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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If I had an empty 75 I'd have fine white sand as a substrate, a TON of wood, a couple rocks, some floating plants (water sprite, water lettuce, frogbit), a group of 5-7 angelfish, discus, or geophagus, and maybe a bichir or two.

On the other end, you could just throw in a ton of rock and 15 or so Pseudotropheus demasoni...
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WWW.cichlid-forum.com plenty of cichlid advice if you want to go that route. Your water paramters out of the tap will help.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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Non-planted I'd do either African Cichlids or I'd put a few plecos in the bottom and maybe do a Barb filled tank up top. have 4-5 barbs of like 8 different species.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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Not planted I would probably do a african cichlid tank. Its a shame you don't want to plant a 75 though, its a awesome tank for it. Deep enough for planting nicely but not too tall or to low and 4 feet long.
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Yeah, I gotta say, I'm just a beginner with planting, but the 75 I'm doing now seems to be almost optimal for it. 4 feet lets me use regular light fixtures, it's wider than a 55 which is perfect, and the depth isn't difficult to work in./
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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I'd yank the heat up and put 6-7 Discus and a lot of Sterbai Cories in there.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:23 PM   #8
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If you have a decent light fixture, mosses, java ferns, and Anubias nana are really easy as is water wisteria. It's alot easier to maintain a planted tank.
Get a decent light and plant heavy to start.
I'm still adding to mine. I've got veiled Pinoy Angels, Synodontis catfish, black Neons, Serpae Tetras, Oto's, and I'm going to add some others. It's alot of fun to have a community. There's always something to watch and the tank is always changing
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I like your idea of a bichirs. Those guys have almost a cat-like personality and I had one in a 20gallon by himself for a while. He liked to eat everything or at least try to! You could add in about 5 female guppies and 2 males so that way your bichirs can still hunt for his food. They're awesome to watch when they're on the hunt. You could have a nice little set up for them!

You could also get away with some anacharis and jungle val and do a bunch of rocks and wood and go the geophagus route. A pair would look nice in the 75. I've contemplated keeping them, but for my 29 I obviously need to go smaller.
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For easy, colorful and interesting, it's hard to beat african rift lake cichlids. If it were me I would get what I think are the most under-rated and easy to care for freshwater fishes, the rainbowfish. Dull as dirt when you see them in the tank at the petshop. Bring them home to a nicely planted and aquascaped tank and just watch them color up! A number of species available now too. In a 75 you'll have room for schools of several species. They make a great match with barbs as well.
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Angelfish and Bolivian rams
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:11 PM   #12
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Here's are my water parameters out of the tap:

pH 7.6
KH 5
GH 6 or 7
TDS 117

Plants...been there, done that. The tank was previously high tech. I guess I don't object to some plants, but I don't want anything that demands more than some 6500k lighting and the occasional dose of ferts. No high lighting, no CO2, no dosing schedules.

Angels, noway. Hate them. Discus...they are awesome but I don't want the hassle of caring for them. Don't they need pristine conditions? Not that I keep or plan to keep a dirty tank, but sometimes I'll miss a water change or two and I don't want fish that will go down the crapper if that happens.

Other suggestions are great. I'll definitely look into them. Still thinking of bichirs, but I'm really intrigued with the idea of doing a heavy rock/driftwood cichlid tank. How do fish like cories do with cichlids?
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:09 AM   #13
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How do fish like cories do with cichlids?

It depends, but quite often they turn out to be lunch. The bad thing with cories is that they have those strong pointy pectoral fins and often end up "Fish hooking" the fish looking to have a meal. This can be particularly dangerous to both fish. Often times, you'll need to cut the fin and push it through (much as if you couldn't get a fish hook out of the mouth).

If the cory survives, he can potentially live as long as an infection doesn't occur. Same with the large fish. You'll have to be on top of your game and make sure the water quality is good during the healing process!
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:38 AM   #14
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That's not good. Guess if I go with cichlids I won't risk the cories.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:09 AM   #15
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