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Postby Orodreth » Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:34 am

Hey, I know I was only new but I thought I'd follow you all to this new forum anyway as you all seem nice and friendly (although we'll see if any of you are secretly fin nippers or something :P ).

I wasn't sure where to put this post, but it's about freshwater and a tank so this seemed good .Anyway, in the last post I made, I asked what you would put in a completely empty (apart from water, plants etc. obviously :wink: ) tank. The one I should be getting is about 150 - 160 litres I believe and measures roughly 82x45x60cm. I don't know the exact specs as it is from a friend, not a shop.

The requirements for the fish are that it is a community tank, with maybe a couple of colourful ones for aethetics (although this is not a necessity, just a desire).

Apart from that, any suggested lists are great!
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Postby dw » Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:07 am

You've got plenty of options, nice size tank as well :)

You could try a south american type community, e.g. shoal tetras, some corydoras for the bottom, maybe a pair of dwarf cichlids and a bristlenose? Well thats what I'd be doing anyway lol

Depends what your after really, do you want a centrepiece fish with the tank built around that, or is there anything you really like the look of?
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Postby TigerBarb » Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:13 am

Well I'm a well-known fin nipper.... !!

I have recently set up a community tank - I wanted lots of activity (can't stand fish that just sit there!) and plenty of colour. I also wanted tiger barbs, which meant that I couldn't have anything with long fins unless I wanted to subject them to torture!

I have
tiger barbs (3 colour varieties)
Odessa barbs
blue tetras
Lake Kutubu rainbowfish (larger, centrepiece fish)
various corys (three-line, panda and Sterbai)
siamese flying foxes (algae control)

I'm not saying you have to have the same (of course, you can choose your own fish!!) but I think these are fabulous!

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Postby Wolfgirl » Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:16 am

You could try some dwarf cichlids with a shoal of other fish, i.e., tetras. Some of the Apistogramma species are quite colourful, and they've got real personality too.
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Postby Orodreth » Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:13 pm

Some nice ideas already, it's really getting me thinking! :D
I hadn't really thought about a 'centrepiece' fish but I will now. Oh there's so many fish I love the look of, why didn't I get into this hobby sooner?!
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Postby Apistogramma » Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:44 pm

*Looks at Orodreth's fins but decides not to nip this time*
Apistogramma (especially Agassizii) have always fascinated me. I found a description on the forum profiles and followed it up until I found 'the real thing' on a site, and today they arrived! I also really like Microgeophagus (rams) and discus.
Why not wander around a fish store without any money and see which ones hold you hypnotised the longest? My fish choose me I think!
If you picked one species you really, really liked then those with the knowledge around here could help you devise a really good stocking list around your must-have fish. If you ask us for suggestions you'll probably end up with everything!

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