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Old 06-09-2013, 05:54 PM   #21
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I've been throwing around the idea of doing a planted tank. I have a 75 gallon reef tank that I love, but if I start another tank I want something completely different.

If I do a planted tank, I would like the fish to be from the Amazon River.
What are some fish that are regularly available that come from this area? The tank will likely be 40-50 gallons.
Red bellied piranha
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Rummynose and Cardinal Tetras would be very cool in planted tank. Since your tank is big, you could get a pair of German Blue Rams and a pair of Bolivian Rams. You could also get a group of 6 Cory Cats and some Whiptail Catfish.
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I like list 3 especially if it had some hatchet fish in there

I just found this:Freshwater Fish Species in Amazon River [South America]

But because it doesn't have common names, I have to through it one by one.....
Hatchets are cool, but I know they are jumpers. Will I need a top for the other fish on my list?
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awesome fish. but not for 40-50 gallons.

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Rummynose and Cardinal Tetras would be very cool in planted tank. Since your tank is big, you could get a pair of German Blue Rams and a pair of Bolivian Rams. You could also get a group of 6 Cory Cats and some Whiptail Catfish.
The rams are very cool. I'll have to look more into whiptail catfish. I love catfish, as fishing is another hobby of mine.

For pairs of rams, do you need to buy them as a pair, or are they hermaphroditic?
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awesome fish. but not for 40-50 gallons.

The rams are very cool. I'll have to look more into whiptail catfish. I love catfish, as fishing is another hobby of mine.

For pairs of rams, do you need to buy them as a pair, or are they hermaphroditic?
I don't keep cichlids myself, but these look like cool little guys you could have a few if you got just one male:
http://www.fishbase.org/summary/spec...y.php?id=26703
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It is best to buy the Rams in an even number of female to male rams so that they could pair off and be less territorial. Also, don't get Plecos because they would eat your plants. Oto Catfish are another option
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It is best to have the Rams to have an even number of female to male rams so that they could pair off and be less territorial. Also, don't get Plecos because they would eat your plants. Oto Catfish are another option
I've never had a pleco eat a plant yet! If they are fed well, with algae wafers and veggies the main part of their diet, they have no need to eat plants.
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I don't keep cichlids myself, but these look like cool little guys you could have a few if you got just one male:
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It is best to buy the Rams in an even number of female to male rams so that they could pair off and be less territorial. Also, don't get Plecos because they would eat your plants. Oto Catfish are another option
Is there sexual dimorphism in cichlids?

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I've never had a pleco eat a plant yet! If they are fed well, with algae wafers and veggies the main part of their diet, they have no need to eat plants.
Yeah I've read plecos are primarily algae eaters, but I guess anything is possible with herbivorous fish.
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Is there sexual dimorphism in cichlids?

Yeah I've read plecos are primarily algae eaters, but I guess anything is possible with herbivorous fish.
What type of Pleco are you planning to get? Pleco eating live plant!!?? They will never eat live plants unless they are starving to death. They will however, eat dead plant matter. Most cichlids have differences between male and female.
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Hatchets are cool, but I know they are jumpers. Will I need a top for the other fish on my list?
Its best to always have a hood for a tank because all fish can jump. I myself have two hatchets but the only time I saw them jump was when I was transporting them from one tank to there current one in a small plastic bowl. I like stock list 2 and 3. But for a 40-50 gal tank, only get plecos that don't grow big.
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I don't keep cichlids myself, but these look like cool little guys you could have a few if you got just one male:
http://www.fishbase.org/summary/spec...y.php?id=26703
Most dwarf cichlids are peaceful but most will enjoy destroying/eating plants. Whenever you keep cichlids, you always have the danger of them attacking live plants especially if they are mating/breeding. They will kill plants for territory when breeding.
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Most dwarf cichlids are peaceful but most will enjoy destroying/eating plants. Whenever you keep cichlids, you always have the danger of them attacking live plants especially if they are mating/breeding. They will kill plants for territory when breeding.
Thanks for the heads up. They are definitely not a "must-have" for me and I like to take as few risks as possible!
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I like list 3 especially if it had some hatchet fish in there

I just found this:http://fish.mongabay.com/data/ecosys...on%20River.htm

But because it doesn't have common names, I have to through it one by one.....
I was going to get hatchets till I found out they were jumpers
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Guppies and swordtails are top dwellers that dont jump
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I was going to get hatchets till I found out they were jumpers
They only jump of they see food ( like Mosquitos ) that doesn't float on the surface. Other than that, they don't jump that often is at all.
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Guppies and swordtails are top dwellers that dont jump
They are more like mid-top dwellers. Almost all specifically top dwellers jump as a natural habit.
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Revamped stock list options.
Please tell me your thoughts. Which is your favorite or what would you change?


15 cardinal tetras
15 glowlight tetras
5 albino cory cats

17 cardinal tetras
5 albino cory cats
6 hatchets

20 cardinal tetras
5 albino cory cats
1 pleco

22 cardinal tetras
6 hatchets
1 pleco
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Or....... 16 cardinals, 6 hatchets, 5 cories and 1 small species of pleco?
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