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Hello, I'm starting a 250 gallon planted tank but I got a problem my girlfriend wants small fish and I want some big fish so any of you got any suggestions she mostly wants schooling fish. So what are some good big fish that I can also get to satisfy both of our needs. Also what is some good sand I can put in the bottom of the tank that still lets my plants grow.

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Discus and Angels both get fairly large, and will get along with most schooling fish. Gouramis can do okay. Hmm... big fish and schooling fish don't go great together, those are all I can think of right now.

You can use any planted substrate for your base layer. Eco complete , flourite, etc. And then cap it with sand, if you like the look of sand.
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On another note, Bala Sharks get large and are schooling fish too.
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In a 250g tank even a 6" fish will look "small" so remember that when going for truly small fish like neons.
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On another note, Bala Sharks get large and are schooling fish too.
completely forgot about Balas! I just hate recommending them because the fact that they get so large and they like to be in schools. But if you have a big enough tank they are awesome!
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Thank you all advice well received I'll make sure to post pics and updates
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get a large arowana that might not consider tiny schooling fish as food anymore. Or a giant gourami
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If you can handle the plant munching, silver dollars make for pretty nice schooling mid-sized fish.

Red-hook mets are another possibility.

Again. Expect plant munching and possible decimation, I've not kept them in planted tanks before lol.


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Roselines would be good. There are a lot of rainbow fish that should do ok.


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I would look at denison barbs

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I shall abstain from the fish discussion but the sand ...

Paver leveling sand can look great and its really cheap available at Home depot for about $3.50 a bag. That means you might need about 6 Bags. Supposing that you tank demensions are 36 x 72. There may be some larger gravels in there that you may not want. If you don't wash it there will be plenty of silts that will increase the CEC's for nutrient delivery to your plants' roots. The same goes for the use of redart clay or kitty litter after it breaks down back to clay.

Use a kitty litter 1" or redart clay about 1/4" deep under the sand. Works great for me.

Your mileage may vary...

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I shall abstain from the fish discussion but the sand ...

Paver leveling sand can look great and its really cheap available at Home depot for about $3.50 a bag. That means you might need about 6 Bags. Supposing that you tank demensions are 36 x 72. There may be some larger gravels in there that you may not want. If you don't wash it there will be plenty of silts that will increase the CEC's for nutrient delivery to your plants' roots. The same goes for the use of redart clay or kitty litter after it breaks down back to clay.

Use a kitty litter 1" or redart clay about 1/4" deep under the sand. Works great for me.

Your mileage may vary...

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Just wondering what is cec?
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Cation exchange capacity..

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Just wondering what is cec?
Demonr6 is right but thefull story is complicated but here's a link:

http://www.spectrumanalytic.com/supp...ercent_sat.htm

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