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75 gallon stocking ideas and help?

I am getting a 75 gallon aquarium. Currently all I know that is going in there is guppies, a glass catfish, 2 blue rams, and possibly 2 angelfish. I am only going to add things to this tank that will breed. I have a 42 gallon tank that I will use as a breeder and grow out tank for all babies. I'm thinking any combinatino of: pygmy sunfish (okefenokee), various apistogramma and other peaceful dwarf species, white cloud mountain minnows, maybe another easy to breed schooler (psuedomogils?/dwarf rainbowfish?), and corydoras. Does anyone have other suggestions of fish that wouldn't mind slightly harder water and would still breed in it? I'm going to plant it heavily and have a sand substrate. Live food is my favorite kind of food to use so that may coax them into breeding as well.

Qualities I am looking for:
Possible to breed in aquarium/have been successfully bred
Peaceful (unless when breeding)
Interesting (not colorful exactly but at least cool looking)
Show parental care or do not tend to eat their own young
Smallish, not bigger than an angelfish

Or simply, what would you choose?

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Ok thanks for the help guys! I have decided on the following stocking list:
6-10 elassoma okefenokee
2-3 apistogramma borellii (pair or trio, can't figure out which would work better for this species)
3 apistogramma cacatuoides
4 (2 pairs) blue rams
8-16 white mountain cloud minnows
12-20 pseudomugil sp.
4 (2 pair) funulopanchax gardneri
2 (1 pair) peacock gudgeons

If I add my angelfish pair to the aquarium, I will skip the pseudomugils until the angelfish are moved.

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Well, double check that list for compatibility. Some are cool water fish and some thrive in warmer water.

Angels, for example prefer quite high temps.
WCM prefer cool water. No overlap into each others' acceptable ranges.

That is a lot of dwarf Cichlids, even for a large tank. Watch out for territorial issues.
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Neon rainbowfish /praecox.
Excellent colorful fish 16 of em oughtta do nicely if not more good schooling fish. Very active. Probably 24 would be better. I have 8 in my 29 gallon

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If the cichlids are too young to sex, I suggest 3-5 of each to ensure a pair. The more rare cichlids can be had to find if you should have to replace a lost breeder.

Apistos can been hard to find for example.
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I am pretty sure that the white mountain clouds can be kept at tropical temperatures because they live in subtropics and tropics in the wild. However I did think about that and I will need to make sure before I get them.
The apistos should hopefully have plenty of places to claim as theirs, so I don't think that would be too much of a problem. Thanks for the help I am really excited to get this 75 gallon started!

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