Stocking ideas for hard water tank

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Yes, I seem to have a wibble in my lists. It's the red dwarf and mosquito rasboras that are ok.
I do apologise and have amended my records accordingly. ;)

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The Lido is more of the cuboid type shape, I used to have the 120L version. The 200L is a bit longer. Here's a video of a 200 set up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkJ8odGMXJc
I think African cichlids would prefer greater length to keep away from each other so a group of small/medium fish that travel vertically through the water column as well as back and forth would probably be preferable.

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For smallish shoaling fish that wouldn’t mind the tank length, take a look at Pseudomugil (blue eye) species?
Or for something bigger in smaller numbers, how about a pair of central American cichlids like firemouths? You would need to provide plenty of decor so they could have their own space.

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Sorry for the delay in replying. Thanks for everyone's imput.
I was wondering would Rainbow cichlids be suitable for the size tank ?

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Rainbow cichlids are a bit big (possibly up to around 7").

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So are there any central American cichlids which might be suitable or will they all be to big?

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Hi, I was chating to someone the other day and they recomended Barbs. Any thoughts on these ?
The biggest problem I have in my area is a very limited number of fish shops and they all seem set up for the bigger or soft water aquarium.

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Some barbs will be ok in harder water, a lot are quite forgiving.
I wouldn't suggest tigers unless you get more than 10, even then they can be proper grumpy.... ;)
Pentazona (5 banded) are a bit fussier and do better in soft water.

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