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Old 03-21-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hey guys I was looking for ideas what to put into my new 75g. I was thinking maybe a bala shark and a tinfoil barb with a few giant danios? Would this work or anyone have a better idea? Also do these fish require gravel in the tank? I was thinking of going without in this tank.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:06 PM   #2
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Well, sounds good, except the fact that your bala shark will kill your giant danio, its not that giant, only four inches, your balas have the potential to grow to full size in that tank 12", so just switch out the giant danio for maybe silver dollars?
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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No balas or tinfoils get way to big I would do something around 8 giant danios they do fine over gravel. But I would do sand and do a stock with

8- Giant Danios
8- Rosy Barbs
4- Pictus Catfish
3- Pearl Gouramis
1- BN Pleco
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I was looking to get peaceful large fish. The danios are just to get a little bigger to use as dither fish for my JD tank. I was wanting to go without gravel in the tank. Would his be a problem?
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:17 PM   #5
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Well no as long as you get very smooth gravel. If you do the catfish should be fine if you want large peaceful fish go for the giant danios with 2 kissing gourami. They are amazing fish but I'm not sure if a 75 gallon is enough someone else should comment on that one.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:25 PM   #6
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I was looking to get peaceful large fish. The danios are just to get a little bigger to use as dither fish for my JD tank. I was wanting to go without gravel in the tank. Would his be a problem?
I'm not commenting on your stock because I haven't researched enough about them, however I have read borrow stories about adult balas freaking out and cracking glass tanks(especially if housed in too small of a tank).

You can definitely go without a substrate, many people stay away from substrates when housing extremely messy and large fish such as oscars and such. But wouldn't that be really unattractive? and IMO that would make any other type of decorations seem out of place but without any deco your fish might be submitted to more stress than needed. Have you thought of maybe just a really thin layer of substrate? I think 1/4-1/2 inches would make the tank look better and still be able to be cleaned thoroughly.
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The tank is set up in my shop at work. I will have a little bit of grave around plants to hold them down. And some around some decorations. Just don't want the whole bottom covered.
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The tank is set up in my shop at work. I will have a little bit of grave around plants to hold them down. And some around some decorations. Just don't want the whole bottom covered.
Ahh okay, to each their own. But yea you can go bare bottom if you want and it shouldn't cause any issues unless the cops catch ya. Haha
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If I had 75 gallons.... I think it would be lightly stocked with my favorite semi-aggressive non-cichlid cichlids. You know.., the ones that aren't referred to as cichlids. Angels, rams, kribensis, maybe even discus. But I'd sure have a substrate. Doesn't the substrate play a pretty big role in establishing bacteria?
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If I had 75 gallons.... I think it would be lightly stocked with my favorite semi-aggressive non-cichlid cichlids. You know.., the ones that aren't referred to as cichlids. Angels, rams, kribensis, maybe even discus. But I'd sure have a substrate. Doesn't the substrate play a pretty big role in establishing bacteria?
BB attaches to surfaces, not specifically substrate so not having substrate won't effect that. The overwhelming large amount in in your filter anyway
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