centre piece fish main attraction

Discussion in 'Fish' started by Ark, 8 Sep 2008.

  1. Ark

    Ark Member

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    hi i have aquired a 4ft tank that has been set up for about a year. 280ltrs
    it is fully planted and mature
    current stocking
    30 harlequin rasboras
    5 oto cats
    alot of breeding cherry shrimp

    im looking for some fish to be a centrepiece a main attraction to the tank.

    the tank previously had 4 wild discus in it but they were sold on..

    i want something quite big but not so big it eats the harlequins
    and maybe a pair.

    i was thinking some wild altum angels or some nice looking angels depending on what i can find under budget..

    any recommendations

    Ark
     
  2. mick b

    mick b Member

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    6 good quality Discus would do it :lol:

    But I'm bias, Cheers, Mick B
     
  3. Ark

    Ark Member

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    im scepticle about discus and theyre quite costly so i dont want to risk them

    i was thinking why not have a big shoal of something instead

    maybe 80 - 100 harlequins
    or some bosemani rainbow fish

    ?
     
  4. mick b

    mick b Member

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    Hi Ark,

    Problem with a shoal (as a focal point/specimine etc), is they won't shoal unless they are scared, so you need a large fish (IMO) to make them nervy, so why not just have The larger fish?

    I have currently 21 Adult Discus and 200+ cardinals, they do shoal, but only when the Discus are activly feeding etc.
    OK, It's 1300 ltrs, but it would scale down OK.

    HTH, Cheers, Mick B

    PS, I would be a little 'reserved' if going for Angles, they are very territorial when breeding and (IMO/E) will nip at smaller dither fish, Discus do not seem so bothered by other species, just other Discus, when breeding etc.
     
  5. Ark

    Ark Member

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    i disagree and i have a juwel rio 125 with 15 harlequins on their own
    they shoal lovely all day in a group theyre not scared and its not just during feeding time

    about your 1300ltr dont you think its a bit overstocked?
     
  6. mick b

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    Hi Ark,

    Glad yours shoal :D you may wish to post on this;
    viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2855&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=shoaling

    Overstocked, No :D Averages about the equivelent of 1 adult Discus per 10 galls, and it all depends on your filter capacity, WC routine, feeding schedule etc etc.

    The fish-density/feeding/WC regime does present issues for the plants, but the Guy's on here are helping no-end :D

    Cheers, Mick B
     
  7. Ed Seeley

    Ed Seeley Member

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    I'm a little biased toward cichlids so I'd go with a pair of some of those. I like to have a pair of dwarf cichlids as a focal point that add interest, but aren't immediately obvious when you first look at them.

    If you want something more obvious why not try a small group / pair of smaller Geophagines or Acara such as Biodotoma or Aequidens. The option I want to try soon is a group of Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi.

    Other options might be larger gouramis.
     
  8. jay

    jay Member

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    You could have a couple of pairs of dwarf chiclids in a 4ft. Some docile species of apisto or macmasteri could work well.
     
  9. beeky

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    How about Severums? They grow large but seem to have quite small mouths. Correct me if I'm wrong! Or perhaps Festive cichlids?
     
  10. jay

    jay Member

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    Severums eat plants and seem pretty clumsy for a planted tank.
    Festivums are supposedly fine in planted tanks and very peaceful AND highly underrated in my opinion.
     
  11. beeky

    beeky Member

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    Good point! I forgot Severums eat plants! :oops:
     
  12. jay

    jay Member

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    For a 4ft aquarium I would definitely go for a shoal of congo tetras. Not too big, maybe minimum 6 will do fine. Go nice with the rasboras too.
     
  13. Ark

    Ark Member

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    im going for asoal of boesmani rainbow fish and i got rid of the harlequins
     
  14. jay

    jay Member

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    not a fan of rainbow fish, except the blue neons. Look lovely in a shoal.
     
  15. sari

    sari Member

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    I love rainbows, would love a big shoal of lacustris, bleheri and boesemans so I say good choice! :lol: :lol:

    They will look gorgeous once coloured up,and they are so active!
     

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