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Stock My 160 Gallon "Garage Pond"

I have a 160 gallon tank that I'm setting up in my garage. It will be setup on the floor like a pond, with an aquaponic filter (so it should have a high level of filtration).

If this was yours, what fish would you stock?

Requirements:

*Freshwater Fish

*No Goldfish or Cichlids.

*All fish must be the same species.

**BONUS (but not necessary)

**Chosen fish can breed in this setup.

**There is some demand for this species and excess can be sold.

So, what fish would YOU stock in a "Garage Pond"?


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Cory's and or Pleco's

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Are you breeding for profit? Growing out plants? Or just experimenting? Or something else?

I ask because the answer to this question will dramatically effect answers.

If you are breeding for profit then the fish I keep hearing people say is the best beginner breeder for profit is a super red bristlenose pleco.
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So, what fish would YOU stock in a "Garage Pond"?
If it were me, true Chilli Rasboras and pygmy cories all day. Just one? The chilli's.

But next year I'd have a completely different answer for you

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Is temperature an issue in the winter? If so, something like white clouds would be a good choice, but of course I would say that. Actually summer temps might be a bigger challenge with those than winter would be for tropical fish depending on where in Georgia you are. Water is much easier to heat than to cool.

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Depends on if you can heat/cool your pond? Also what is your water like pH gh kh tds? Some species won't do well in certain pH/hardness. Example endless like hard water.

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If you're growing for profit, "super red" plecos are in demand these days, and supposed to be relatively straightforward to breed, FWIW. Have regular BN plecos, but no experience breeding them myself.

What kind of plants will you be growing aquaponically?

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I vote Orange/Red Medaka.

They're hardy, breed really easily, don't need a heater, are surface-dwelling and therefore more engaging in a pond-like tank, and are in demand (I think). Plus, you could use this as an opportunity to selectively breed them ever oranger?

All that being said, I've never actually kept them
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Cories, pencilfish, white clouds.
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2 breeding pair of purple striped gudgeon. Setup caves at either end so they have their turf and lots of plants in between.

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