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Hey guys, I just got a 46 gallon bow front tank. A few weeks ago I had a 5.5 gallon tank running, but sadly Ich came and wiped everything out, except for my pleco (temporarily in that tank) and my 2 ghost shrimp.
So now I'm off to a new start and more excited then ever.

So far I have:
-46 gallon bowfront tank.
-36 inch strip light with an Eclipse Daylight F18T8 Bulb
-Penn Plax "The Guardian" 110 Watt Heater
-Penn Plax Silent Air X1 (Not sure about this? Somebody gave this to me)Just read this was only for 10 gallons!
-Aqua Tech 30-60 Gallon Power Filter

I won't be filling it up for a few weeks because we're going to be getting the floors redone through out the house. So in the mean time, Any one have any suggestions or comments on anything? Any other equipment suggestions? Im pretty new at all this.

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Good that you have lots of time to read up and think about how you want to go with this one. From reading some journals here it might be a good idea to check your equipment to be sure it works!
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Good that you have lots of time to read up and think about how you want to go with this one. From reading some journals here it might be a good idea to check your equipment to be sure it works!
Yeah, Me & my neighbor scrubbed it out good with some aquarium salt and water (no soap). We checked the filter and light and everything. Im Not going to be using that air pumo though. I read it was for up to 10 gallons.

Also, Does anyone know if this tank would be good for a Pacu? If not, is there anything similar to a Pacu that would fit?

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Hey there,
I decided I'm probably going to put some Cichlids/Oscars in the tank. Also, I will be adding my Red Bellied Pacu in with them. I am aware of how large they get. Right now he is a baby, about 3 inches. As soon as he gets too large, I will either make him his own pond, or give him to someone who can keep him. Does anyone have any suggestions on Cichlids? I know I will want to add at least one Tiger Oscar.

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I am fond a Centeral American cichilds. Mostly Firemouths and Convicts. But thats just me. I think a Tiger Oscar would out grown the tank. Am I right?
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There's no such thing as an aquarium for Pacu, you need a large pond.

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You could do a single Oscar in a 46gal, though the tank is a bit on the small side for one.

If you like cichlids, what about setting up an African rift lake tank?





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Just my opinion but I think you'd need a tank at least 3 times your 46 to properly house a full grown oscar.
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i think u need a better filter first , cycle the tanks. are u going plant ? we are in plant tank forum lol

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There's no such thing as an aquarium for Pacu, you need a large pond.

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Yes, I plan on eventually building him his own large pond once we move. Were currently in the city and should be moving within the next year out of the city.

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You could do a single Oscar in a 46gal, though the tank is a bit on the small side for one.

If you like cichlids, what about setting up an African rift lake tank?
Sounds like a good idea. What would it consist of & would a Pacu temprarily be able to live peacefully in it?

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i think u need a better filter first , cycle the tanks. are u going plant ? we are in plant tank forum lol

Yes, of course I plan on doing plants lol. Any suggestions?

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If I decide to not do cichlids, what would temporarily be able to peacefully coexist with a Pacu?

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A pacu is a really bad idea. First of all, they grow to the SIZE of that tank and unless you're digging a massive pond in your back yard there's no way you can accomodate one. They're also lawnmowers when it comes to plants.

Why not look at dwarf cichlids? Rams, Kribs, Apistos... all can be kept with other peaceful schooling fish. A pair of Angels also would be an option.

That would be much more appropriate for a planted tank.





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A pacu is a really bad idea. First of all, they grow to the SIZE of that tank and unless you're digging a massive pond in your back yard there's no way you can accomodate one. They're also lawnmowers when it comes to plants.

Why not look at dwarf cichlids? Rams, Kribs, Apistos... all can be kept with other peaceful schooling fish. A pair of Angels also would be an option.

That would be much more appropriate for a planted tank.

When we move out of the city, we actually do plan on having a fairly large pond.

If not cichlids, Would any fish be able to live with the Pacu?

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