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I am breaking down the 100g tank I have and replacing it with a 125g.
Lights are ordered, everything is pretty much the same as the 100g..substrate, filtration, CO2 etc.
So while I'm not ready for fish...I'm looking for ideas...

I tend to stick with just a few kinds of fish...for example...I'd rather have 60 rummynose tetra's than 15 rummynose, 20 rasbora's, and 15 cardinal tetra's.

The tank will be open topped so I really can't do Hatchets (though I've always wanted 25 marble hatchets) or other surface fish, though that could change since I do have tops. :)

My first thought was 50-60 rummynose/cardinals etc and maybe a few appistogramma's or rams...

I really don't want to "break" the bank either...but the last time I said that...I bought 8 Denison Barbs...wow they were great fish.
Either way I want to hear what youse think.
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Well, I'm assuming then that you for sure want to go with smaller fish right?

I would aim to get species that not everyone has, because I personally love a little variety in my tanks. I, for instance, have a soft spot for emperor tetras, so a school of those would be rather interesting. Same goes for gold barbs as well.

I definitly would consider getting something like appisto's or rams, or maybe gourami's. But some number of larger fish that are more individualistic.

Then for the bottom, corry cats are always nice, but I bet that there are still even more bottom dwelling fish that we don't see in tanks that often, like various small gobies and whatnot.

Just my 2cents.
 

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thanks for the input folks...
mitchfish9, I never thought about pencilfish, a school of coral reds would look amazing.

tom, I have thought about angels but never discus. Discus just seem so sensitive to changes and constant water changes...seems like alot of work.
though it is something to think about.
I do like the idea of Congo's...I've had them before but never in a tank this size.
20 or 30 of them would look great!
 

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Discus get a bad rap for being too sensitive in my opinion. Just get some from a reputable breeder and make sure your local water is reasonable. Congo tetras combined with a nice strain of Discus like blue snakeskin would be killer
 

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Discus get a bad rap for being too sensitive in my opinion. Just get some from a reputable breeder and make sure your local water is reasonable. Congo tetras combined with a nice strain of Discus like blue snakeskin would be killer
Mitch
Thanks! I'll look into it. I have well water...very hard...
It's actually perfect for Tanganyikan cichlids...
I know discus like soft water. May have to invest in an RO unit...
 

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Tank bred discus can tolerate harder water. I think there are two real challenges for discus:

1) they really prefer temperatures that are fairly high for most plants. They limit your plant choices at least somewhat.

2) If you are going to start with smaller younger discus, your water changes will have to be very frequent to prevent stunting their growth. Once grown this becomes less an issue.

I guess this explains why angels are so popular ;)
 

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If you can say all your tap water parameters like ph, kh, tds ect maybe someone with a more extensive knowledge of discus than me can tell you if you will need RO or not.

And Tom mentioned the hard work that may need to be put in at first, but then they are not very difficult. Thats why some people go with a bare bottom tank for a couple months to get them healthy and fat. And in my opinion most plants can adapt to discus temperature.

And a couple nice pairs of angels isn't a bad alternative!
 

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Thanks for the info.
I think its just too much of a commitment for me right now, plus I am all about the
plants. In my past it was all about the fish, now they are more of an afterthought than anything. I like to keep it simple when it comes to fish.
Angels are definitely on my radar, as are Appistogramma's, Rams, pencilfish, Denison barbs, and a big school of something...
Love Cories but not sure which ones yet...I've got Sterbai's and love them but I'm thinking something new...
I've always wanted a large group of marble hatchetfish too...hmmm I do have glass tops...
 

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Drew,

Are you opposed to taking back the Denison Barbs you gave me? Plus mine? I think there is a dozen of em or so. Some are monsters. I need to do something with them at some point. The temporary 50 gallon breeder setup I got going here is what I like to call the NJ Turnpike during rush hour... crowded.
 

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If you can't decide what cory species to get, try a mixed school. Cories quite simply don't care what other cories look like, and will school in one group no matter how many species it is.
You could always try emerald cories, or maybe Julii cories if you want a smaller species.
 

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Choprae danios if your tank has a lid. I like asian rummynose and indian glassfish too...
 
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