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Ark

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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
 

mick b

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6 good quality Discus would do it :lol:

But I'm bias, Cheers, Mick B
 

Ark

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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

?
 

mick b

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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.
 

Ark

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mick b said:
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.

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?
 

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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

jay

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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.
 

jay

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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.
 

sari

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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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