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I have a 75 gallon tank and a Fluval 407 canister filter. I'm thinking of turning it into a low-tech Asian community aquarium. What do you think about these fish choices and the stocking level?

-15 Black ruby barbs
-10 cherry barbs
-3 pearl gouramis
-6 Kuhli loaches or another type of loach
-1 male paradise fish

Is there room to add to any of the schools or to add other fish? I'd love a pair of cichlid but there are no good Asian cichlid options. A place near me carries orange chromides, but they're kept in brakish water.
 

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The filter circulation of a 407 is rated by Fluval at 245gph.

So, if you have a bit of air below your rim and good amount of hard scape, you’d be right at 4x turnover.

The stocking looks “fine”. Different schools of thought on that, obviously. Some people are 50% water changer types, every week. I like to under stock, over filter and do fewer water changes.

Depends on how your Kuhlis behave, but most seem to be nocturnal. Great for snail control, like all omnivore loaches.


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IME, kuhlis don’t really eat snails. I had a large breeding colony in my old 85 and never noticed any impact on my population of pond snails. Maybe they were keeping it in check, but I really don’t think so.
 

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IME, kuhlis don’t really eat snails. I had a large breeding colony in my old 85 and never noticed any impact on my population of pond snails. Maybe they were keeping it in check, but I really don’t think so.
I’m not adding kuhlis for snail removal.
 

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