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I live in Sioux Falls, SD and until quite recently there has been no public aquarium. To make a long story short, there was a donation of about 17 tanks to the Sertoma Butterfly House in town to set up a public aquarium. The tanks range in size from a BC29 to a 600+ gallon tank. I volunteered to assist in setting them up and convinced all the saltwater people that we needed to have a planted tank as well. They put me in charge in setting up a 125 gallon tank. All of the equipment was donated by the one gentleman and the plants were donated by AquariumPlants.com. Here are the specs and some pics of the tank:

Size: 125 gallons
Filter: Marineland Magnum 350 x 2 (wouldn't have been my first choice but they were what we had)
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Close up of the driftwood/java fern



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No fish yet, but there should be some this weekend. I'm thinking of starting with a school of 15 harlequin rasboras and a school of 10 corys. Next will be some cardinal tetras and hatchetfish. Lastly, a couple of centerpiece fish. I'm thinking either angels or some gouramis. I had thought of discus, but I've never kept them before and I don't want my first attempt to be on a non-profit's dime. Oh, and some nerites, otos and possibly shrimp will be added to help keep algae at bay as needed.
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Love it. Is that locally collected drift wood? Im in Utah and collect similar pieces often
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Very cool!

I wish I could set-up a aquarium with someone elses money! But of course, it is all for the volunteering part of it


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Love it. Is that locally collected drift wood? Im in Utah and collect similar pieces often
No, I actually bought it from Tom Barr.
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I had talked to someone about this before and would be happy to donate some RootMedic product to the Butterfly house! I am local(brandon) and work for the Ambulance station near the Butterfly house.
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I had talked to someone about this before and would be happy to donate some RootMedic product to the Butterfly house! I am local(brandon) and work for the Ambulance station near the Butterfly house.
That would be fantastic! We have some from aquariumplants.com right now, but I've used up most of them in the initial planting, so we'll definitely need some more in the future.
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Very cool! That gentleman was very generous... A 600g tank? WOW....

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I've never stocked anything this large so I wanted to run a list past everyone here to see what they think. I'm pretty sure I'm understocking the tank, but wanted to make sure.

20 harlequin rasboras
20 cardinal tetras
15 hatchetfish
4 angelfish
12 otos
20 nerites

Let me know what you think.
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I've never stocked anything this large so I wanted to run a list past everyone here to see what they think. I'm pretty sure I'm understocking the tank, but wanted to make sure.

20 harlequin rasboras
20 cardinal tetras
15 hatchetfish
4 angelfish
12 otos
20 nerites

Let me know what you think.
Looks good! And yes, you would be under stocking.

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I would choose either harlequins or cardinals. I really like harlequins as they are pretty hardy, and I would do 30-40 of them. Harlequins also school pretty well.

Does the tank have any openings? My experience with hatchets isn't particularly great. Something about our local water seems to discourage them as well.
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Good. I don't want to stuff the tank, so that people can still appreciate the beauty of the plants.
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20 nerites
My Nerites laid unsightly eggs ALL OVER my tank, including on the driftwood !!!

They are dang near impossible to remove...

Keep that in mind.

I no longer use Nerites in ANY of my show tanks. Only in breeding tanks where looks do not matter.
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I would choose either harlequins or cardinals. I really like harlequins as they are pretty hardy, and I would do 30-40 of them. Harlequins also school pretty well.

Does the tank have any openings? My experience with hatchets isn't particularly great. Something about our local water seems to discourage them as well.
Any particular reason that you would choose between the harlequins and the cardinals? The tank has some pretty good lids on it. They're glass canopies that only have openings where equipment comes in to the tank.
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My Nerites laid unsightly eggs ALL OVER my tank, including on the driftwood !!!

They are dang near impossible to remove...

Keep that in mind.

I no longer use Nerites in ANY of my show tanks. Only in breeding tanks where looks do not matter.
I know they leave eggs. I'd only add them if I needed to clean up a little algae.
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I like the fact that harlequins school very constantly and they are much hardier than cardinals. i have nearly a 50% die off with cardinals in every attempt I have had with them. Even from "quality" stock. Our local stock(MC, petco or petsmart) are all subpar, it seams.

I have a long fin bn pleco that would fit in well... a few juvies as well.
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