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Old 06-04-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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Stocking 120 suggestions


I am looking to stock my new 120 with a large school of tetras or some other type of small fish.

1. Type
2. Number of fish
3. How many to start with

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Old 06-04-2014, 03:31 PM   #2
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I like the way you think.

First off, what sort of water params and current are you looking to keep?

If you feel adventurous, try a river manifold tank. Lightly plant it, use lots of biological filtration, and ensure crazy amounts of unidirectional current and surface agitation. Add rockscape and culture algae and aufwuchs; fill it with various Hillstream loaches and giant danios and keep it around 72. Bamboo shrimp could work here if you make sure they're fed.
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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I am very partial to Praecox rainbows, I am not sure how your water is but they're pretty versatile to the type of water (mine is 7.8 hard as a rock) and they have colored up wonderfully and have a amazing blue and red.

I would do something like 60-70 species only tank with a clean up crew of your choice, get 2 pairs and breed your stock Have some fun with it!
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:21 PM   #4
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I am leaning towards tetras, they seem like the smallest schooling fish.

glowlights
rummynose
black neons
cardinal
green
x ray
pristella
bloodfin

Those are what are considered schooling fish, so how many and which would you choose?

Also will be adding a school of cores, which would you choose ?
Along with a pleco or two that stay small ?

any other I missed
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:17 PM   #5
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Hello,
I would have:
- 1 x Albino Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus)
-15 x Rummynose tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri)
-15 x Glowlight tetra (Hemigrammus erythrozonus)
-15 x Cardinal tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)
- 10 x Schwartz cory (Corydoras schwartzi)
- 3 x Bulldog pleco (Chaetostoma sp. aff. Milesi L187a)
- 9 x Black widow tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi)
- 9 x Diamond tetra (Moenkhausia pittieri)

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Old 06-05-2014, 06:20 PM   #6
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I want just one species and would like to add between 50-75 for a large school.
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:57 PM   #7
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All those are nice tetras, just pick the one you like best (or that is cheapest!) and then add a bunch of cories. They are very cool in large groups. In a tank that size you could easliy do:
75 tetras
30-40 cories
+ algae eaters (maybe a school of otos?) and cool centerpiece fish, like a larger, peaceful cichlid, or pearl gourami(s).

Edit: wanted to add the idea of harlequin rasboras to the schooling fish list. They are the size of tetras, and probably my personal favorite schooling fish.
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:22 AM   #8
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I came across the harlequin rasboras along with the ember tetras. Trying to decide between them. I've reconsidered and might add both?

Also what are ottos?

I thought adding any cichlid would make a meal out of the rasboras or embers ?
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:18 AM   #9
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Otos are small algae eater that only get 1-2 inches and school to some degree in nature. They are happiest in groups, and in that size tank you could easily do 20 of them. For ciclids I think angels, rams, curviceps, or keyholes would all ne safe with your fish (May be some debate on the angels). But pearl gouramis are so pretty, and they do well in small groups. Thed be fine as well.
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I would argue against the Angelfish. They'll do better in a species tank, unless you don't mind them snacking on the tetras after they [the Angelfish] reach a certain size.

I definitely second the Otocinclus. They're gregarious little things and really energetic given good care.
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:48 PM   #11
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Huge fan of Red Rainbows, maybe 15-20 of them. They look awesome when they're full grown. These guys can mix with other tetras and also have a schooling effect.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:26 PM   #12
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I have about 40 Ember Tetra's in my 65g right now. They are, by far, the best schooling fish I've had. Keep in mind my tank is a rimless open top so jumpers are ruled out quickly. I had 80+ rummynose in the same tank and while they are amazing fish and school very will, I had about 2-3 jump per night on me. That got old really quick. The Ember's stay in the mid section of the tank so depending on your scape this could be ideal or not. For me it is and it keeps them from jumping. I've had the Ember's for a several months now and I have not lost one yet. They are also good with shrimp due to their size. My cherry population is out of control and I can't cull fast enough so even if they eat a few it's cool with me. So on to your questions.

1. Ember tetra
2. depending on your scape, 100-150 total.
3. 40-60 and add the same number again in a month or two and so on, if needed.
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:55 PM   #13
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I like the look of the embers and being able to stock the upwards of close to 100.
Thinking stock list will be
80-90 embers
20 cories
10 otos

lastly 5 rams

how does that sound, granted they will be added slowly over the course of several weeks with the first being the embers.

Thoughts?
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Looks good, except add an even number of male and female rams.

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