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Old 08-23-2015, 06:27 PM   #1
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setting up my 46 gallon aquarium

i have a 46 gallon bow front tank. i would like to have it planted with some larger fish and defiantly a big catfish.
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Upside down catfish get sizable.

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Old 08-24-2015, 10:54 AM   #4
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sorry forgot to put that in i am looking for stocking recamendations
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:47 PM   #5
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1 pictus catfish
2 peppermint crocodile fish
6 boesemani rainbowfish
1 bristlenose pleco
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1 pictus catfish

2 peppermint crocodile fish

6 boesemani rainbowfish

1 bristlenose pleco

Pictus like to school. Lots of times they aren't put into groups, but they are meant to.

I would maybe to a Rapeal, the smaller variety gets about 8 inches and its really a cool fish, and its an ok size for the tank. They do hide a lot though. And if any fish are small, like 1-2 inches, they may get eaten.


1x Rapheal
1x Bristlenose Pleco
5x Sparkling Gourami

It is a weird list of stock, but that is what i would do.



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Pictus like to school. Lots of times they aren't put into groups, but they are meant to.

I would maybe to a Rapeal, the smaller variety gets about 8 inches and its really a cool fish, and its an ok size for the tank. They do hide a lot though. And if any fish are small, like 1-2 inches, they may get eaten.


1x Rapheal
1x Bristlenose Pleco
5x Sparkling Gourami

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Sparkling gouramis aren't big fish. And I have never heard of pictus cats schooling. I've seen many pictus cats that lived for years alone. Including my own. Maybe you're mixing them up with Colombian catfish?

And my 1 1/2 inch Raphael cat I hated. It was eating fish that were the SAME size as it. Such as black neon tetras. It would probably devour sparkling gouramis.
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im ok with having 2 or 3 catfish
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Old 08-25-2015, 04:56 PM   #9
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im ok with having 2 or 3 catfish
They get big though so it would limit your other stock. You could maybe do:

3 pictus catfish
6 boesemani rainbowfish
1 peppermint crocodile fish (these are super cool)
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what about the eclipes catfish (Horabagrus brachysoma)
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Sparkling gouramis aren't big fish. And I have never heard of pictus cats schooling. I've seen many pictus cats that lived for years alone. Including my own. Maybe you're mixing them up with Colombian catfish?



And my 1 1/2 inch Raphael cat I hated. It was eating fish that were the SAME size as it. Such as black neon tetras. It would probably devour sparkling gouramis.

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http://www.hookacatfish.org/6-exciti...fish-may-know/

That proves my point; they should be kept in schools but a lot of people don't think its needed and keep them alone. At least a pair or a trio, preferably a school. But alas...

Also, Sparkling Gourami get about 3-4 inches long and are very deep bodied. They should be fine with a Rapheal.


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what about the eclipes catfish (Horabagrus brachysoma)

No. These are another fish that like to school, and they reach a foot in length and can get up to 18 inches. A 75 gallon or more more these guys...


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You could do a trio of Pictus, and maybe a smaller cichlid like a Rainbow Cichlid, a Convict Cichlid, or a Firemouth Cichlid. But that is a bit overstocked so you would be looking at at least 50% water change every week.

If you want to be able to have a few other fish besides the Cats, then do a Rapheal.

I forgot to mention; you can find varieties of Syno that stay somewhat small. Maybe one of those? They can go with lots of other fish!


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Larger catfish are rougher. Do you want any smaller fish? Cuz if you do they might get eaten.


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Look at number 2:
http://www.hookacatfish.org/6-exciti...fish-may-know/

That proves my point; they should be kept in schools but a lot of people don't think its needed and keep them alone. At least a pair or a trio, preferably a school. But alas...

Also, Sparkling Gourami get about 3-4 inches long and are very deep bodied. They should be fine with a Rapheal.


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You are mistaken. Sparkling Gourami are often used in 10g Nano tanks. They stay about 1-1.5". They are slow predators that will not compete in most community tanks. They sometimes only eat live food. They become very timid around larger more aggressive tank mates. A Catfish would snack on them.

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i would like to have a few other large fish, i would like prehistoric/oddball fish noting that is crazy expensive over $20 i liked the idea of the peppermint pike head
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You are mistaken. Sparkling Gourami are often used in 10g Nano tanks. They stay about 1-1.5". They are slow predators that will not compete in most community tanks. They sometimes only eat live food. They become very timid around larger more aggressive tank mates. A Catfish would snack on them.

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Ok, apparently i was thinking of another gourami type. Hmm, gonna have to see which one it was and remember not to confuse them.


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a gourami pair would be cool
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It was a PEARL Gourami that i was thinking of, not a Sparkling.

Sorry if i confused anyone. Gotta remember to not mix those up!

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oh yea, definitely want those, i was ready to buy them at auction but someone pulled them at the last minute from the auction
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