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What about a freshwater puffer? They are so cute! Or red fin black sharks! :)
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post #42 of 52 (permalink) Old 01-23-2012, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking about puffers but I dont have a supply of snails that they would require.

My tank is also a bit too small for red tails, the need a ton of room to swim and like a tank length of at least 48 inches ^^
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working on getting a piccie of mine, trying to get one with a size comparison...

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Cant wait to see!


I ended up stopping by one of my LFS's to see their parrots, they have a huge tank of them but they were all covered in ick and lethargic so I couldnt see any of the personalities they had. Stayed away from buying them as well, I just got through dealing with ick in 3 of my tanks and dont have the patience to go through it again x.x
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Get some fast breeding snails! There are a couple of people who know a lot about certain types which overran their 55 gals, ect.
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If you're interested to good coloring pattern and interesting parental behaviour and color, you can try Kribensis. Another option is to get a pair of Brichardi cichlids and let them populate the tank. Either way, you'll need some dither fish.
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Oh, one thing I forgot. You could try Shell Dwelling Cichlids. Theyre very small, and dont have a very large territory, so you could easily have like 35 in there. They need a bunch of shells though, I'd do at least 3 per fish. I saw an epic tank using slate shelves, stocked with like 100 of them. It was like a 125 gallon, though.

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Get some fast breeding snails! There are a couple of people who know a lot about certain types which overran their 55 gals, ect.
eh that sounds like more trouble than Id like to deal with X)



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If you're interested to good coloring pattern and interesting parental behaviour and color, you can try Kribensis. Another option is to get a pair of Brichardi cichlids and let them populate the tank. Either way, you'll need some dither fish.
Kribs are nice, but theyre pretty common from what Ive seen. Never seen Brichardis before, theyre really pretty!
Id rather have a fish that doesnt require dither fish c: Just one thatll come out on its own and have a tank to itself X)



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Oh, one thing I forgot. You could try Shell Dwelling Cichlids. Theyre very small, and dont have a very large territory, so you could easily have like 35 in there. They need a bunch of shells though, I'd do at least 3 per fish. I saw an epic tank using slate shelves, stocked with like 100 of them. It was like a 125 gallon, though.
Those are super cute, I'm still leaning towards the parrots but maybe I'll break out my 30 gallon breeder and get those as well XD
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Well if you’re going to get a jack demspy, at least get an electric blue jack dempsy. Those things are wow.

Personally though I’d do something like this-
4 Bolivian Rams
12 pseudomugil gertrudae
10 Threadfin Rainbows
8 Neon Dwarf Rainbows
3 Goby Plecos
Toss in 20 odd rcs or ghost shrimp or amanos for clean up.

The setup could be an eheim cantister filter (like a 2217, that will keep it CLEAN), fine sand substrate with lots of manzanita for hiding (Rams really love caves, they breed in them), maybe some rock piles scaped in. Wrap java moss, christmas moss and java ferns on the manzi. Then add easy plants. Crypts towards the front with dwarf sag, then swords and easy stems in the back. Add floating plants like frogbit to the top for cover.

The Rams could either be two male/female pairs or a male with three ladies. Two males will spar a little and establish territory, but a single male with all those ladies will just be happy. Rainbows are incredibly entertaining schooling fish, which is why I listed the Pseudomugils, threadfins and Neon Dwarfs. Also all three are very different in terms of shape and size, do you’d get a lot of variety. The three goby plecos (more commonly known as pitbull plecos) are killer glass cleaners. They are roughly the size of ottos but are a lot tougher. Finally the small amount of shrimp it to just give the tank something to clean up the scraps as well as a little live food for the fishies. The shrimp will pick up bits of food and if they have any babies they may be snacked on by your community (which, deepens the color of your fish ).

Anywho, that’s just my suggestion. You’re near the bay area which is where I live, and all of the fish I listed are readily available down here. Rainbows are on the pricier side, but if I was going to do a 40 gal, I’d make it one of those whoa tanks, ya know? You could also try aquabid.

links to profiles of the fish I listed-
- http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...pinosus&id=138

- http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...praecox&id=828

- http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...werneri&id=800

- http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...species_id=236

- http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...rtrudae&id=223

-or, instead of gertrudae, you could do furcatus http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...urcatus&id=222

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Well if youre going to get a jack demspy, at least get an electric blue jack dempsy. Those things are wow.

Personally though Id do something like this-
4 Bolivian Rams
12 pseudomugil gertrudae
10 Threadfin Rainbows
8 Neon Dwarf Rainbows
3 Goby Plecos
Toss in 20 odd rcs or ghost shrimp or amanos for clean up.

The setup could be an eheim cantister filter (like a 2217, that will keep it CLEAN), fine sand substrate with lots of manzanita for hiding (Rams really love caves, they breed in them), maybe some rock piles scaped in. Wrap java moss, christmas moss and java ferns on the manzi. Then add easy plants. Crypts towards the front with dwarf sag, then swords and easy stems in the back. Add floating plants like frogbit to the top for cover.

The Rams could either be two male/female pairs or a male with three ladies. Two males will spar a little and establish territory, but a single male with all those ladies will just be happy. Rainbows are incredibly entertaining schooling fish, which is why I listed the Pseudomugils, threadfins and Neon Dwarfs. Also all three are very different in terms of shape and size, do youd get a lot of variety. The three goby plecos (more commonly known as pitbull plecos) are killer glass cleaners. They are roughly the size of ottos but are a lot tougher. Finally the small amount of shrimp it to just give the tank something to clean up the scraps as well as a little live food for the fishies. The shrimp will pick up bits of food and if they have any babies they may be snacked on by your community (which, deepens the color of your fish ).

Anywho, thats just my suggestion. Youre near the bay area which is where I live, and all of the fish I listed are readily available down here. Rainbows are on the pricier side, but if I was going to do a 40 gal, Id make it one of those whoa tanks, ya know? You could also try aquabid.

links to profiles of the fish I listed-
- http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...pinosus&id=138

- http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...praecox&id=828

- http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...werneri&id=800

- http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...species_id=236

- http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...rtrudae&id=223

-or, instead of gertrudae, you could do furcatus http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile...urcatus&id=222


wow, youve really put a lot of thought into this! :O

Thank you for the suggestions, but I'm pretty sure I'll be doing one senegal bichir, i love the way they look X)
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