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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-02-2019, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for stocking suggestions.

Hey All.
I finally got my 240g redone inside and out. the Tank, is going to be dimmily lit, few anubis plants and some tiger lotus up to the surface. with floating driftwood, filtration is a partly planted sump with a drip system as well. so now I am trying to decide on what to put in it. What I am after is larger cichlids, some catfish, and maybe some larger dithers.

my 1st Idea was to do 6-8 pictus, um 4 or so fire mouths, and some swordtail live bearers, and maybe some other cichlids though I am unsure of what.

2nd Idea was Oscars, but I still like tank mates, and Oscars can be finicky with that. thoughts?

3rd Idea was a native tank.

I just want to get away from the common commuity fish like tetras and all, because I want something differen tand bigger for this tank, even Odd ball Fish would be nice. So give me some options of what you would stock in my tank.

here some pics still have more floating driftwood to add and the lotus hasn't started growing yet just planted the bulb. but you get idea of the tank. Just looking for some fish to make this tank pop.
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Nice set-up.

I would recommend asking Darren Stanley (aka stanzzz) on Monsterfish.com.
He is an expert on stocking for bigger fish and has some of the most beautiful natural, Central American aquariums I have ever seen.
He has a very similar set-up with Firemouths and swordtials. It is spectacular!
You need to do this right form the beginning with big fish because the wrong combination can be a real headache.

Here is an article where he was featured on Practical Fishkeeping:

https://www.practicalfishkeeping.co....rren%20Stanley


And a video of his tank with the Firemouths:
He will be happy to help you.

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Thanks Discusluv, yeah I know all about getting it right the first time. I rushed this tank when i first got it. so after an complete redo inside and out. I am looking to do it right. my only issue and so many choices Its hard to make a decision. but i'll ask him thanks.
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I didn't even need to think about it : )

A few Cryptoheros nanoluteus
A few t bars
School of Praecox Rainbows
And some sword tails
Add a little more sand because the T bars like to dig holes
You will need to put the lily pads in a pot and cover with rocks
Would be a fun tank for sure

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For larger tanks, I love seeing bala sharks, active, and will school/shoal. The pictus cats will be active and all over, but would snack on swordtails, both adults and juveniles. Perhaps some other synondontis cats instead. Someone suggested rainbows, these are great, my favorite are the Madagascar rainbows. Another suggestion would be red line or denison barbs, striking larger fish.

I have had good fortune with oscars, raising them with other Central Americans , and have never had an issue with a feisty Oscar, but others have learned otherwise. But going with oscars and other large fish means nothing like the pictus cats, swordtails, or rainbows.

Perhaps with the firemouths, add in a salvini cichlids. In my Central American tank, I had a school of giant danios, that a
Ways schooled because of the predatory fish. The key is a predator who is not quite big enough to get the danios.

I always think bichirs are cool. Bichir, tiger shovelnose, a nice pleco of some variety with nice markings, silver arrowana, with bala sharks to swim all over, and you have a cool display.
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Well I have decided I am going to do a Geophagus tank, and transfer my 75g S/A fish into it as well. that will give me larger fish, and a new type of Fish I haven't done as of yet.
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I have a 180 gallon tank with geophagus sveni and neambi- along with some other geophagine- Biotodoma cupido and wavirinii.

Let me know if have any questions.

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thanks I may PM you later on once I do some research on which ones I am considering.
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Another quick suggestion for the best quality geophagus:
Jeff Rapps @Tangled Up in Cichlids.

Healthy and top-notch quality.
Tangled Up in Cichlids
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Praecox rainbow and purple spotted gudgeon

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