How Would You Stock It?

  1. Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    So trying to get some ideas for stocking here are the guide lines.

    1. Tank will be 300ish gal
    2. Foot print is 6 x 2.5
    3. Tank will be heavily planted with well established plants.
    4. Needs to have some American cichlids (severums if possible not essential)

    All suggestions will be looked at and top 5 suggestions will get put to a vote
     




  2. KinsKicks

    KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    Hmmm...this sounds like a free-for-all :) I like it
     




  3. OP
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    Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    That's the idea and I will stick to the winning suggestion
     




  4. grantm91

    grantm91 Fishlore VIP Member

    Im no stocking pro but i love severums id go something like.
    9-10 silver dollars
    4-6 sevs
    2-3 parrot
    1 oscar
    A cat on the bottom not a plec something different.

    I don't like small fish in big tanks lol.
     




  5. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    -6 Sevs
    -1-2 Jack Dempsey
    -10 Clown Loaches
    -25-30 Congo Tetras


    -5 Geophagus Redhead Tapajos
    -4 Severums
    -10 Clown Loaches
    -25-30 Bosemani rainbows.

    or 20 FANCY goldfish :)
     
  6. jakefoster

    jakefoster Well Known Member Member

    ok ill have a go! (also no expert)
    3 sevs
    3-5 electric blue acaras
    5 geophagus red head tapajos
    12 buenos aires tetra
    15 columbian tetra
    8 clown loaches
    1 rhino pleco
     
  7. KinsKicks

    KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    1 Oscar or Green terror
    1 jack Dempsey or Blue Acara
    2 Severums
    7-8 Silver dollars (or giant danios...cuz plants)
    6 clown loaches or 2-3 Ornate bichirs

    OR

    (More community-ish)
    10 angels (Id do one species to create a uniform look) (hopefully u get some nice sevs) (or 15-20 congos is they don't work out)
    4 leopard bush fish
    5 rotkeil severums
    10 giant corycats (brochis britskii) or 5-6 clown loaches
     
  8. OP
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    Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    I like this except not a single plant would last with the silver dollars

    That school of congos would look awesome

    I like both of these
     
  9. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    I have 8 in my 75g with some nice high plants in the background, their colors are truly stunning, I wish I had room for more of them!!

    The beauty about asking people for stocking advice is you can take little something from each that you may like and create your perfect stock.
     
  10. TwoHedWlf

    TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

    Let me fix that for you....


    A couple severums is definitely good.

    And 5 geophagus red head tapajos (Stolen from above, good idea)

    A handful of fancier plecos, A scarlet plec if you can find one.
     
  11. OP
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    Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    A lot of the ideas are around what I have been thinking but slightly changed I really would love a big school of dollars but I'd prefer a planted tank. But 30 or 40 Congo would look sick

    Also should mention that the tank will have 3 huge canister filters will turn over about 2500 gallons per hour total so filtration is not a problem
     
  12. KinsKicks

    KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    Well shoot. Forget my "or" lol in the community type lol.
     
  13. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    my stocking suggestion is understocked...lol with all that filtration.
     
  14. OP
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    Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    What makes you think it will be planted lightly with munched plants?
     
  15. TwoHedWlf

    TwoHedWlf Well Known Member Member

    Other than severums loving to devour plants?
     
  16. OP
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    Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    Had 6 severums in the 330gal heavy planted and the only time they did much damage to the plants was when I go on holidays for 3 weeks and they only get feed once in the middle of the second week
     
  17. grantm91

    grantm91 Fishlore VIP Member

    You seen my tank? You can get away with silver dollars as long as you keep fast growing hardy plants they do good with anubias (not a fast grower but tuff) elodea in my experience, my sev is worse for plants i think he is a devote vegetarian lol. Silver dollars are sooo good, just having my morning coffee and haven't put the lights on, im enjoying my dollars in the sun. eb4269e7794289bb39d435861a9c0382.jpg
     
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    Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    I found that if you feed heaps of veg to the severums they don't touch the plants but when I've had dollars they just take out anything green.
     
  19. grantm91

    grantm91 Fishlore VIP Member

    Ah right i just think there a great compliment to a big tank and id live to see a shoal of about ten in your big 300 lol. Maybe not? I remember some of the plants from your old set up are they the ones you are keeping? They are nice well grown plants.
     
  20. KinsKicks

    KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    Hahah hey @grantm91! If your like me, at some point, had this thought of "that would make a magnificent reef tank :p". Jk tho...the FW options sounds really cool so far :)