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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking a school...

First let me introduce myself: I am me. While I have been coming to this forum for info/research I figured I'd better join to make the most of all this juicy knowledge. I had been doing aquariums for almost a year (end of August marks 1 year.) and got hooked on planted tanks almost immediately!

Anyway, I recently acquired a 75 gallon tank that I'm resealing (actually I'm waiting for the silicone to dry/cure right now) but that hasnt stopped my imagination from running away from this tank. I've an idea as to my stocking and equipment but I'm lost on one thing: a shoal of fish. That's where I need some advice...

So my stocking plans are as follows: 4 Angelfish (hopefully in pairs), 3-4 Apistogramma Cacatoides (1 male and females are dependent on availability, which isn't looking good), a group of otos for algae control maybe 6-8. I'm considering some panda cories for debris cleanup between water changes (okay, I just want a school of cories... ) but I'm afraid that the apistos will not like that, as the will probably take up most of the bottom part of the aquarium. The plants? Swords everywhere with one nice red sword in the middle (red tiger lotus if I can't get the red sword), and an anubis nana. It will probably be open top.

All that's missing is a school of fish. I don't know what to get and how many. I would like the biggest possible amount of that fish I can comfortably add. I was thinking rummynose tetras because they school the best I've heard. Emperor tetras are another but I have yet to do and research on them other than the may get nippy. I like cherry barbs too but barbs are usually nippy.

So before this post turn essay turns into a bestselling book, I would like some ideas on shoaling fish that would coexist with the angels. What are you favorites and why? Level of care is NOT an issue, in fact, I welcome a challenge so no neons ... And of course, and opinions, advice, criticism and whatnot is welcome.

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With having angels the smaller they are the more likely they get turned into food. I am stocking my 75 with a school of Ember tetras, some rummynose, and cpd's. 3 decent schools that may mix or separate into their own zones. Of course adding in a healthy clean up crew to
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All schooling/shoaling fish have the tendency to nip to some degree but that usually does not become an issue if kept in large groups as they then tend to focus more on themselves. Probably still best to avoid the notorious fin nipping species like tiger barbs, serpae tetras, etc.

As Psycofc mentioned, smaller fish may become snacks. Even neon sized is risky. Larger bodied tetras like lemons or bleeding hearts, for example, are recommended. I think a large school emperors would look fantastic. So would congo tetras, but that would throw off the SA theme you have going so far.

Corys can be a bit...lollygaggy...and sometimes wont notice wandering into cichlid territory. The apistos might care, especially if breeding, but you've got a large footprint where I think you can try it out if you keep an eye on it. It's certainly worked in smaller tanks.
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I currently have 8 cherry barbs (4m/4f), and they are very peaceful, great in the tank, and swim in all areas. My otos shoal with them sometimes.

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1. Look up a lot of different tetras
2. Pick your favorite or two if you can't decide on one
3. Find a place that you can get them
4. Start small, and add several (3-6) at a time until you find the right size
5. Enjoy

I've kept serpae and black phantoms with angels, cories, and apistos, as well as white fin ornatus (my favorite) Lemon tetras, Diamond Tetras, red blue columbians etc. Most of them have a very similar diets, temps, and needs. Good luck! I'd probably keep 24 of one type, or 12 of each if you do 2....nut nothing looks better than a big group of tetras swimming around, and the bigger the group, the better they look.


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Originally Posted by adamprice271 View Post
1. Look up a lot of different tetras
2. Pick your favorite or two if you can't decide on one
3. Find a place that you can get them
Problem is, all the ones that have caught my eye are either too nippy or too small. But right now I'm liking emperor tetras (black emperors) so if about 30-35 individuals can be alright without nippy behavior will be good then I'm sold on them. I want one BIG school. Think that's too much or am I getting carried away? As far as my SA theme, the anubis nana kind of ruins it right? Or maybe it was just tossed in the river by some native that didn't like the look of it... that'll be my story. Anyway, thanks for the replies everyone.
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