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massive fish die-off need suggestions for restock

So last night I come home to my 6yo telling me that my 4yo took the opportunity of my wife taking a smoke break to pour sugar, powdered sugar, chocolate syrup and bc powders into my 125g.
I did a massive water change but that didn't really help. I lost all but 2 plecos and 1 rainbow. The tank is heavily planted and I want to restock it, but I'm not sure what with. I've had about everything possible over the years. I would like to go with some larger than tetras and I'd prefer something aggressive but id like for my plecos to be safe.
Piranhas would be fun but they would eat the plecos.
Arowana is possible (for a little while until they outgrow).

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Native fish? Maybe make it a sunfish tank and add some shiners and such?
You may also want to lock the lid or make it VERY clear that the tank is not to be messed with.


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An aquarium store near me has this display tank that is incredible. It is simply stocked with plecos and loaches... but they are huge. The loaches get well over 8 inches and the driftwood and natural elements they have in there make it an awesome tank to just watch. It may have a few huge silver dollars in it as well. Anyhow, it's a memorable tank that is pleco safe although it has large occupants. I've had some plecos get gigantic on me in past tanks and have always considered them to be pretty hardy considering tank mates. Their tough scales and evasive mannerisms kept them safe with anything I put in there with them including many types of aggressive south american fish that grew large.

I'd look at lots of tank pics online and figure out what your favorites are that would easily go in the parameters you keep your plecos in. Oh, and explain to your 4 year old that fish can't eat people food or things that may look cool being dumped into the water. I have toddlers too so I really do feel for you. They do some crazy things, thankfully they have not decided to make a giant head ache relieving chocolate sugar drink out of any of my tanks. Yet.
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I've had about everything possible over the years. I would like to go with some larger than tetras and I'd prefer something aggressive but id like for my plecos to be safe.

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Polyepterus and a knife fish?

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Oh, and explain to your 4 year old that fish can't eat people food or things that may look cool being dumped into the water.
Surely the 4yo in question has been sent off to live on a farm by now?
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Filamentosa Barbs (Not aggressive, but highly active, show fish.) 1-2M + 2-4F pr all males.
I have Senegal Bichers. There are others, more colorful. Predatory. Will eat what fits, and they can open their mouths big enough to eat some 3" long fish. Not aggressive.
Snakeskin Gouramis- One of the few that are OK kept several per tank. Try 1M + 1-2F, and have some upper level plants, driftwood or something.
Knives- Generally peaceful, but make sure they are big enough not to get eaten. They are slow growing, and the Bichers are fast growing. If they start out the same size the Bichers might get big enough to eat the slower growing knives. Look into some of the glass knives, African Brown Knife, and others that won't outgrow the tank.
'Eels', (Mastacembelus, several sp) Check the maximum size. They are social among themselves, probably predatory toward small fish.
Mid-sized Cichlids from South and Central America: Keyhole, Firemouth, Hero, Severum... obviously a lot more research into species, social needs and so on. Generally most Cichlids can be quite aggressive defending their territory, especially when they are paired, M+F and are in the mood to breed. Some are relatively peaceful toward other species, as long as the others stay out of their space. Make sure to research breeding behavior, though.
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Maybe some of the new fish who have just been found and imported from the African Lakes. Unless you have been incredibly busy, I'm sure you have not done them all. and there is always a good place to go back and actually look at some of those you have had and learn so much more than the first glance will give.
Since they estimate that there are between 2000-3000 species of cichlids alone, I would guess that you have not really done most of them?
If you have not checked the list in the past 5 years, you may be amazed at how many new types there are available.
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Native fish? Maybe make it a sunfish tank and add some shiners and such?
You may also want to lock the lid or make it VERY clear that the tank is not to be messed with.
Not really wanting a native tank. Actually thinking of maybe some bucktooth tetras.
There is lid not will there be a lid.
My daughter has been told multiple times, but she's 4 so there's not a lot of retention there.

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An aquarium store near me has this display tank that is incredible. It is simply stocked with plecos and loaches... but they are huge. The loaches get well over 8 inches and the driftwood and natural elements they have in there make it an awesome tank to just watch. It may have a few huge silver dollars in it as well. Anyhow, it's a memorable tank that is pleco safe although it has large occupants. I've had some plecos get gigantic on me in past tanks and have always considered them to be pretty hardy considering tank mates. Their tough scales and evasive mannerisms kept them safe with anything I put in there with them including many types of aggressive south american fish that grew large.

I'd look at lots of tank pics online and figure out what your favorites are that would easily go in the parameters you keep your plecos in. Oh, and explain to your 4 year old that fish can't eat people food or things that may look cool being dumped into the water. I have toddlers too so I really do feel for you. They do some crazy things, thankfully they have not decided to make a giant head ache relieving chocolate sugar drink out of any of my tanks. Yet.
I like the idea of some big loaches.
This is not the first time she has dumped a bunch of crap in this tank. She leaves the bigger tank and smaller tanks alone but the 125g is her science experiment.

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Polyepterus and a knife fish?
I'm not real big on the birchirs, but I like the knife fish.

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Surely the 4yo in question has been sent off to live on a farm by now?
If I had that option I'd be on the farm. My preferred living arrangement next to living 100 miles from anyone in the woods.

No she got a belt across her backside and her face in the corner. Oh and no more chocolate milk for a week since she used chocolate syrup in the tank.

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Maybe some of the new fish who have just been found and imported from the African Lakes. Unless you have been incredibly busy, I'm sure you have not done them all. and there is always a good place to go back and actually look at some of those you have had and learn so much more than the first glance will give.
Since they estimate that there are between 2000-3000 species of cichlids alone, I would guess that you have not really done most of them?
If you have not checked the list in the past 5 years, you may be amazed at how many new types there are available.
No, I haven't done them all. I've never had cichlids and I don't plan to. Never had any care to own any cichlids.

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Congo tetras could be cool.


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