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I am building a 120 gallon long aquarium that is going to be planted and have lots of hiding places for the fish with Monte carlo, anubias, hornwort, javafern and java moss. It will also have dragon stone,bogwood and spider wood. The substrate will also be sand and plant substrate. It will stay at a warmer temp around 80 -90 and will have a area with no plants an decor, just sand for the fish to dig . What are some stocking suggestions?I am definitely wanting 2 African Leaf Fish. The other fish I don't care as long as they are oddballs,beautiful, or schooling fish. I will also have lots of shrimp
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Just out of curiousity, how much experience do you have with aquaria? Some of the oddballs are a pain to care for and there are a fair number of cichlids who like to do their own aquascaping.
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I have 4 aquariums that I've had for 3 years 1 20 gallon 2 30 gallons and a 50
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Very cool, I'll be watching this as I'd also like to set up a 120 (or 150!) community planted tank (low tech). I probably will just go with pool filter sand, plants are pretty similar.

Right now I have a lightly-stocked 75. Rummynose tetras are striking and really good schoolers--but I have had issues with them dying right away (not all, just a few). I don't think I will go with giant danios or Buenos Aires tetras again....just a little too wacky. I got both when I had a couple large cichlids, and they did fine...but the cichlids are gone and I want something a bit less...crazy. I also have lemon tetras and they are nice in a school.

My thought is to build the rummynose and lemon tetra schools up a bit and also add some shrimp (amano, I have one now) and RCS (from a 10 gallon breeding tank I'm setting up). I'm thinking perhaps a pearl gourami or three for a somewhat-larger top dweller. Some kind of cory as well.
I really like the look of the Denison Barb (rosaline shark) but I'd have to research whether this would work well. There are some in my LFS huge planted tank and they look great. Other than that, perhaps another species of rasbora/tetra and of course some otos!
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I like your stock and I might recommend getting rams as they are really beautiful and you can't beat all that color for just $3
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African Leaf Fish (Ctenopoma acutirostre) will eat anything around the size of adult platty.
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You might have to rethink the Monte Carlo as The leaf fish pefers dim lighting and I don't think you'll be able to make the leaf fish and the monte carlo happy.

As OVT said Leaf Fish are predators so nothing small is going to be safe in the long term. They are also pretty docile so if they can't eat it so you have to be careful that tank mates aren't too aggressive as well.

Kribs and medium size Gourami come to mind. For schooling species that are big enough to not get eaten makes me think of Congo Tetras. I'm just not sure if they would be so active that they might intimidate the Leaf Fish.

Bump: African Butterfly fish is another possibility although you'd need a tight fitting top.

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Be wary of kribs if they pair up. My pair became as mean as many other cichlids I kept and terrorized an entire 75g tank.
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