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I saw similar post and thought would be great to hear your opinions/suggestions on stocking my new tank. It’s eafreshwater 900, so 240l and 90x50cm
I’m still cycling and with lockdown I’m guessing it will be at least couple of months before I can actually get any fish, but dreaming about it every day and wanting so so many different fish that cannot simply decide ...
Water is:
pH 7
KH 1-2 ( will work on getting this up)
General hardness maybe 6
Filter fx4 - super strong flow at the moment, but can be reduced by fair bit

I love the following fish but I know I cannot have them all:

Corydoras - all of them πŸ˜‚
Ottos
Some small loaches?
Rainbow fish- boesamanis, neons, threadfins, all of them πŸ˜‚
Some friendly cichlids: blue acara, rams, Angels, Few other colourful ones
Gouramis
Some bright schools like cherry barbs or harlequins or tetras

How am I to decide? Anyone can let me know what combinations they have and how decided? And what order shall I start getting fish?

Thank you 😊

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I won't keep loaches and corys together because of the opercular spines on the loaches.
They all get very excited at feeding time and the loaches may damage the corys accidentally.
You should be ok with the softwater rainbows. Boesemani have quite a range in the wild. Dwarf neons could be ok, threadfins should be, but they are far more fragile than other rainbows. Don't get any of the hardwater rainbows.
Are you going to pick any more peaceful cichlids than those you've listed? (the acara may be better than the other two) ;) :D
All tetras will be fine, as will most rasbora and barbs.
Only the Giant Gourami won't like your water, but they get to about 24"+, so need a tank of their own anyway. All others will be ok. Honey are the docile ones and thick-lipped (if you can find them).

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Thank you Plankton, sounds like I have a wide choice and will need to make some difficult decisions.

I’m dreaming about the following at the moment:

Rainbows tank ( worried my tank is not long enough for active fish at 90cm)

Cichlids mainly (but worried if I am not experienced enough)

Small fish community tank ( but will want bigger fish too or more interesting individual onesπŸ™ˆ)

How do I combine any of above? πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ and how to make decision

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With soft water you have such a large choice *slight envy!

Be careful with rainbows many like harder water, Boesmans might be ok they are not as active as some but I would only keep 1 male, I have 1 pair in a 180l which is too small long term 240 would be ok for 1 male and 2/3 females I should think, dwarf neons might be better smaller, colourful and active

Be aware Gourami can be aggressive, my blue one was anyway, but I think not all are,

If you like cichlids but are a bit nervous about keeping them how about starting with a dwarf cichlid like chequerboards they are stunning, small and peaceful
https://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/d ... lamentosus

That's all the advice I can give with my limited experience, enjoy your research :grin:
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Unfortunately ended up in kids hospital today, and they have tank with giant cichlids - is this blue acara? It’s massive!!! If I have one I probably cannot have any other fish? Also what is the yellow one?
They absolutely lovely but scared me a bit πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ™ˆ


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The first looks like it might be one of the acaras (not sure whether it's a "blue" or not), the second is a blood parrot, a man-made hybrid which is really grumpy.

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Redpanda wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 01, 2020 22:57 pm
Unfortunately ended up in kids hospital today, and they have tank with giant cichlids - is this blue acara? It’s massive!!! If I have one I probably cannot have any other fish? Also what is the yellow one?
They absolutely lovely but scared me a bit πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ™ˆ

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Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:13 am
The first looks like it might be one of the acaras (not sure whether it's a "blue" or not), the second is a blood parrot, a man-made hybrid which is really grumpy.
Looks like a Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciata) :]
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Martinspuddle wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:20 am
Redpanda wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 01, 2020 22:57 pm
Unfortunately ended up in kids hospital today, and they have tank with giant cichlids - is this blue acara? It’s massive!!! If I have one I probably cannot have any other fish? Also what is the yellow one?
They absolutely lovely but scared me a bit πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ™ˆ

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plankton wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:13 am
The first looks like it might be one of the acaras (not sure whether it's a "blue" or not), the second is a blood parrot, a man-made hybrid which is really grumpy.
Looks like a Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciata) :]
I thought that as well Martin :)

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I'm not going to argue, my cichlid ids leave a lot to be desired..... ;) :D

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Thanks 😊 they also had huge Pleco the size of my forearm!
Ohhh I need to rethink everything again. I’m loving suggestion of small Cichlids, I’ll keep reading about them.

Plankton you mentioned that Bolivian or blue Rams or angelfish will be quite aggressive? My tank is tall so would sort of suit to have some angels 😊 will read on their suitable tank mates too.

Thanks 😊 I

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