Originally Posted by stevealper
I have recently set up a 72gal freshwater aquarium and have just started to stock it. So far I have 6 tinfoil barbs(1.5" each), 3 cory cats(1" each) and one common pleco(3"). I am aware that the barbs will eventually get large, but the tank is very empty now. I originally wanted to add angle fish but am worried about the barbs nipping there fins. I have also thought about a bala shark or two. Would you recommend more cats, plecos or snails. I also have three plants(not sure what they are called)
No angelfish with barbs unless you have a MASSIVE tank and a large school of barbs to keep the bickering amongst the school. No common pleco in there, they need more space than that. 125 or 175, I forgot the minimum.
Also, no bala sharks either. Not only do they prefer being in a small group of their own, they grow huge and need at least 200 gallons MINIMUM. They will outgrow that as well. If you want a shark, go for the red tail or rainbow shark.
Watch your ammonia level in the tank - plecos are big poopers and carry HUGE bioloads.