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Old 01-17-2007, 12:45 PM   #1
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cold water fish suggestions?

Hey everyone! I'm getting myself another 125 gallon tank, but the thing is, its going to be in my basement living room, which means a low tempurature. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions to some cold water fish, besides koi and goldfish, that could tolerate a temp around the low 60's.

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Old 01-17-2007, 12:50 PM   #2
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lots of coldwater loaches, white clouds
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:55 PM   #3
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I was thinking of a chinese high fin shark as well. My brother wants me to go to the lake near us and catch like 7 sunfish.
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:01 PM   #4
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Weather loaches would really suit a 125G, plenty of space for them. You could probably get a pair in there ok.

Like mcd says, there's plenty of coldwater loaches about, and also some subtropical ones like the schistura et. al. and definitive hillstreams.

Danios, minnows, & co. could all be suitable schooling fish.
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I just want to offer a warning to drummerj if he decides to catch the sunfish.

I once had a group of young bluegill and they were very nasty fish. They only ate meat/each other and the group in a matter of a few weeks was reduced down to one as the largest (by the smallest of margins) destroyed the others. I came home to the last foe swimming around without any eyes and he did not last too long.

Just a word of caution on turning North American panfish into aquarium fish from my experience.
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oh man i know, i had several sunfish previously, none of which lasted long. My brother had one in with a couple of neon gouramis, and they picked on him incessantly. Eventually, he got slime and rot and it was very, very disgusting. He lasted about 6 months, in a warm tank. If i did end up catching sunfish, I would also try to put in some yellow perch, and i could catch some smallmouth bass, some rainbow trout and white perch. There are even large mouth bass in the lake. We've caught all those fish there before.
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Old 01-17-2007, 03:18 PM   #7
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heres all the fish i have kept in a coldwater tank (some of them may not be remommended, but they seems to do very well)

-platies
-white clouds
-danios
-common plecos
-dojo loaches(you need these fish
-rosy red minnows
-female bettas

Some other great choices would be
- hillstream loaches
-pretty much any type of minnow

I will warn you about the hi fin shark.... they get BIG
heres a pic of an adult
http://people.sunyit.edu/~shic/highfinshark1.jpg
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In all honesty, a 125 gallon tank is kinda small for even two bluegill. Maybe larger cichlids would do ok in the tank.
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:48 PM   #9
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I don't know if there are any coldwater cichlids, but perhaps there are. In terms of coldwater fish, the species pondwater and I have suggested are probably about average for a tank of your size and specifics.
I really wouldn't try and keep bass, trout or other such fish in an aquarium: it's really not the environment for them.
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i really want to do central american cichlids (i already have a 125 with malawians), i just dont want to have to spend a lot of money on heating, my electric bill is already through the roof, with 11 tanks and all that.
I'm kinda torn between having a massive community tank with schools of barbs and danios and the like, and a wicked sweet tank with convicts and such. ahhggggg i need more tanks, hahaha
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