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Help chose a fish for the 120 Gal Dutch something or another

Discussion in 'Fish' started by plantbrain, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    There's a few criteria:

    1. Fish cannot be an active jumper, = fish chips, I do not mind if one or two jump out over say a few months........

    2. Cannot eat shrimp, Fires and Amanos

    3. Does not tear up plants, dig, shred fine needled plants

    4. Will stand out and be able to be seen in the 120 with dense plants.

    Post some pics or links of the fish you think would do well and why.

    thank you
     
  2. aquascaper2B

    aquascaper2B New Member

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    I love emperor tetras and raboras. I think cardinals should stand out pretty well, but they are soo.... common. everybody has them.

    btw i don't know if these fishies jump, just my favs.
     
  3. abhradip1986

    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    The only variety that are compatible to the criteria as provided:
    1) Neon tetra: small in size, school well, less threatening towards shrimp-lets due to small mouth.
    2) Otocinclus: Algae eaters and probably the only fish that is 99% compatible with shrimp-lets an' fry's.
    3) Galaxy Rasbora: Another one of my personal favorites, though they are not that compatible with the fry's etc, but if provided with enough flora they school brilliant.

    All the above are non-jumpers and are generally mid and bottom dwellers so guess that criteria are taken care of. As a part of the shrimp-lets an' fry's keep a dense cover and enough hiding place & you should have a lovely tank for others to be envious off.

    Cheeers!
     
  4. randy0319

    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    red ember tetras might work as a hot herd of dots schooling around, but might be too small- your call...furcata also might be good but research first for RCS. pensil fish- A hoard of corys!! honey gourami's maybe... threadfin warnerii's!...harloquin rasporas...with shrimp it is a limited list if you want to keep all of them peaceful...espieis might work also. I have shrimp and simply have to be satisfied with the choices of limited fish if shrimp are in the community. Your call. Would hatchet fish work???
     
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    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    @Randy: Hatchets are one ever hungry fish..with their appetite guess had I been in the tank, it would have run after me as well..:p

    Regards
     
  7. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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  8. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hatchet fish=> dried fish chips.

    Pencil fish=> dried fish chips.
     
  9. JJD

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    I was wondering if gouramis might work as well. With a tank that size you may want a little size and color in there. A zillion little ones are cool to though. I have serpea tetra and some shrimp. I dont imagine I will ever have a lot of rcs but there always seems to be some in there.
     
  10. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Barilus sp. are meant to be jumpers, my lfs had some in last time I was in and were saying they kept finding them in other tanks or stuck to the bars between tanks.

    I think your choices are going to be relatively limited as soon as you played the can't eat shrimp card, that rules out a lot of the deep bodied tetra's that to my eyes would be perfect for this scape.
     
  11. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yea, I know........deep bodied fish would be nice.

    I can live with a few shrimp getting picked off, but at 100-200 culls every month, the fish had better be pretty nice to walk away from that $.

    Not an easy choice there.
     
  12. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    What about pristella's? They're not quiet as veracious as say serpae or phantoms, not as showy either but they'd look well.

    I'm certain I'd read a book on Dutch tanks that suggested brown fish be most preferable for dutch scapes.
     

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