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Large, plant friendly fish for 150



My 150 is in need of a make over. It is in a part of the house where it's mostly viewed from a distance so, larger fish work better in it. Problem is, that the family likes it planted. Any suggestions for large fish that don't destroy everything. Been keeping cichlids in it. The picture is old but you should get the idea. THanx.

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I like large fish and cichlids are my fav. It is a challenge at times to choose as they are large and just rushing around can rule out some of the tall tender plants. So it does take some compromise. I ruled out the algae eating group as too prone to eating the plants. then I looked at who was least likely to dig. Mbuna who love rocks are sure to dig under, so I cut them. Then there are those who are not technically mbuna but act the same. Electric blue for example act like mbuna when around rocks.
Open water, bug eaters work for me. For me, I like blue fish so the Protomelas (insignus)are one large fish that work for me. Add copodichromis azureus to the list for a smaller blue fish.
I wound up with a combo that works for what I like but still do small enough damage that I am okay with them. I settle for fish I like with plants that survive, Keep a fair amount of algae and no small tender plants. Some plants need to stay in pots behind rocks and rotate in and out as they work or not. Swords, crypts and red tiger lotus for plants.

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Why not try a really big school of Congo tetra.

It takes them awhile to get full size, but if you can find good stock its worth the wait.

Males get about 3.5 inches so are on the bigger size where tetras are concerned, but still allow for a large school. Add that they are pretty active and a school of 20 or so looks awesome even from a distance.

Mine do like to eat duckweed, but I have them in a fully planted and can say they leave most all plants alone except a rare few. Who cares about duckweed anyways?

Congos also do best in a lower light, so a low tech set up would be perfect for them.

Of course angels would work great as well, and those blue cichlids planted rich mentioned are beautiful.


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Or Rainbowfish, Rose Line Sharks, Clown Loach, etc.


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There are some awesome looking gouramis out there.

Oh, and angelfish. Gotta mention angelfish. I personally have never had a problem with them and plants.

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Always wanted to try congos. Great ideas, thanx guys.

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Check out Denison Barbs aka Red line torpedo barbs..Get to be almost 6" , very active and plant safe. Not cheap, but worth it!
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Or Rainbowfish, Rose Line Sharks, Clown Loach, etc.
Agree on this. Boesmani's, clowns, and rose lines all sound like good choices. Clowns get quite large and look awesome, so that's a perfect fit.
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I had Congo tetras, Denison barbs and Rummynose tetras in my 125. Everyone got along, was very active and lots of fun to watch.
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Check out Denison Barbs aka Red line torpedo barbs..Get to be almost 6" , very active and plant safe. Not cheap, but worth it!
Yea just found those at Fintique and got 5 for my 58. Gonna get some more. Didn't know they got so big. Good news. Thanx

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You could try giant danios. Maximum size seems to vary between 4" and 6", possibly depending on original habitat, and they're peaceful, if very very active. These things are hyper!
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where is a good place to get them?

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Blue acara get decent size and at least in my experience care nothing about destroying plants. Mine has actually calmed my 75 and weirdly enough acts as a referee between squabbles. Not to be confused with green terrors!

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