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Large aggressive tank options?

First off, this is for future use, and at this point I do not have any plans on switching fish yet. I am merely researching.

Also, "Large aggressive tank" means the size of the tank, not the fish. Exceptions could be made, but not leaning that way.

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Ideas:

1. FW puffer. Although I would like to have other fish in the tank. I do know most aren't compatible. I have heard some people have luck, some don't. Will having larger fish (ie - arrawana, etc) help? I had a Ceylone, a GSP, and many community fish together before.

2. If puffer is a no go, what other med/large fish can I get? I am looking for an aggressive "community" tank. Maybe some Leaf fish, datnoids, etc. I am really trying to steer clear of a species tank, although depending on the fish, will consider.

3. Plants. I would most likely want to make a DIY background, but also would live plants. Of course what plants would depend on whose in the tank.

Anything else I need to look at? Substrate would stay the same, and of cousre the hardscape depends on the fish too.

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Do you mean fish tank, or planted tank? If the latter, then absolutely no Pacus (lawnmowers). Piranhas will work, however.
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Do you mean fish tank, or planted tank? If the latter, then absolutely no Pacus (lawnmowers). Piranhas will work, however.
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I do believe Piranhas are illegal here, but not looking for that look anyways.

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He said large tank. Not swimming pool. Pacus can and will easily reach 2 feet, and are capable of getting to 3 feet. I think they should be outlawed from the pet trade. There are only a handful of people that can truly afford to provide them the homes they deserve.
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He said large tank. Not swimming pool. Pacus can and will easily reach 2 feet, and are capable of getting to 3 feet. I think they should be outlawed from the pet trade. There are only a handful of people that can truly afford to provide them the homes they deserve.
Sorry should have followed up with the fact that i meant that as a joke. And actually Pacu can hit up to 5ft in length its rare but does happen in the wild, 3ft to just under 4ft are common,However, in an large enough tank. I wont say that they should be outlawed but i do agree that people need to know just how large they will get and need to be able to provide a large enough home for them or forgo buying them altogether.

Heck even the local Zoo wont take them due to size of tank needed.
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oscars? parrots? theyre neat.
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What about a rocket gar? If I remember right they get about 8 to 10 inches.


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Hmmmm...... Not sure. Oscars and parrots are a no. Trying to stay away from the everyday fish. Hopefully I will be heading to a decent store and look around for some ideas too. Then bring those ideas back here.

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Green Severum? BTW, how big is the tank? Arowana reach over 3' so 36" front to back to be able to turn around. At least 8' long tank.

Check monsterfishkeepers.com and see if anyone on there is keeping a planted tank.

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Hmmmm...... Not sure. Oscars and parrots are a no. Trying to stay away from the everyday fish. Hopefully I will be heading to a decent store and look around for some ideas too. Then bring those ideas back here.
Tiger Catfish are AWESOME looking! Gulper Catfish are cool but they can eat fish bigger than them! Native tank with Blue catfish or Channel catfish would be cool. But i wouldn't do any of these catfish if the tank is less than 180g! 300g would be even better!
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It would be my 210. That's why it is a future project.

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freshwater barracuda, i think it is some kind of gar.
check em out at riverwonders.com

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I like the gar idea only problem is live food...that can be a pain in the...
also leaf fish are sweet but they only eat live food also...
how bout a Clown Knife those fish have always intrigued me also
Polypterus sp. are sweet too
check out the pics of some of these...some are just sweet looking...
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...7GGIK%26sa%3DN


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Live food is not an issue. My 28 is mainly used for breeding snails (food for the puffer). I only threw the Galaxy Rasboras in there to try to make it more appealing. And I used it for breeding crayfish for my old ceylon puffer.

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