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I’m establishing a 75g right now, going to be a few months before I get fish for it while I wait for the tank and plants to balance itself. I’m wanting to go native and maybe do a group of pumpkinseed sunfish, or a couple of bluegill. I can get them cheap and imo the sunfish look great.

The problem is I have no idea how they’ll be in a planted tank. Ideally my tank is going to be filled with plants, mainly jungle Val,dwarf sag, and other here and there plants.

Worst case I’d get a group of electric blue acaras.

I’m open to suggestions I just like to keep the same fish. Not a community tank.
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Iím establishing a 75g right now, going to be a few months before I get fish for it while I wait for the tank and plants to balance itself. Iím wanting to go native and maybe do a group of pumpkinseed sunfish, or a couple of bluegill. I can get them cheap and imo the sunfish look great.

The problem is I have no idea how theyíll be in a planted tank. Ideally my tank is going to be filled with plants, mainly jungle Val,dwarf sag, and other here and there plants.

Worst case Iíd get a group of electric blue acaras.

Iím open to suggestions I just like to keep the same fish. Not a community tank.


Iíve read that acaras will dig when they spawn, which can ruin a planted tank. What about a group of keyhole cichlids or Bolivian rams?


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Reminder bluegill can get pretty big, sunfish decent size. They build nest as big as half a 75g tank, will move stuff around to make there homes when not nesting. If ur planning on a decent planted tank I would opt for something else.

Where u at geographically speaking.

Wait I see Louisiana, not sure what all is around there of smaller guys. Pygmy sunfish but I am sure there are a bunch of small stuff to find.


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Thanks for the replies. My location is ny now. I recently moved. As for the recommendations so far, I’d like something of size but obviously comfortable with the tank.
I had good results with an acara in the past but only had one in a 40g, so that’s good to know about breeding.

As for the sunfish they average at 7inches. But I’ve caught slightly larger in the past.
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I’m establishing a 75g right now, going to be a few months before I get fish for it while I wait for the tank and plants to balance itself. I’m wanting to go native and maybe do a group of pumpkinseed sunfish, or a couple of bluegill. I can get them cheap and imo the sunfish look great.

The problem is I have no idea how they’ll be in a planted tank. Ideally my tank is going to be filled with plants, mainly jungle Val,dwarf sag, and other here and there plants.

Worst case I’d get a group of electric blue acaras.

I’m open to suggestions I just like to keep the same fish. Not a community tank.
I'd avoid the sunfish. I have tried them (pumpkinseed, bluegill, warmouth) and the tank looked great from a distance but every time I walked up on the tank they'd thrash around and shake everything loose, cloud the water, plants would be floating, etc. It was no fun for me or them, it was the opposite of relaxing. All of mine were 3, 4 inches or so when I added them, maybe netting some newborns in spring would have been more successful. My experience felt like trying to tame feral cats

As far as native fish, Darters may be an idea. There's also some cool looking minnows/shiners, chubs, dace that may be less rambunctious in a planted tank

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