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Hey everyone, new here. I have a 36 bow set up that's ready for fish. pH is slightly acidic, 6.6 the lowest. Recommend some cool stocking suggestions! I want to have a really cool and stunning tank.
 

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Welcome to Fishlore!

Before we offer up some cool suggestions, can we know a bit more about your tank?

Do you know about the nitrogen cycle? Are you planning on doing a fish-in or fishless cycle?

What do you mean, 6.6 is the lowest? Does your pH fluctuate?

What kind of fish do you like?
 
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My tank has been fully established for a long time, kind of got in and out of it, being a teenager. Want to fully be back in it. Did a nice water change tonight and will be sticking to it weekly.

I really like all kinds of fish to be honest... I work at a mom and pop pet store actually and my boss thinks I should make it a discus set up... wasn't too sure about it though and I felt it as being risky
 

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What do you mean it's established? If it's empty (no fish) and you're not adding ammonia, then the tank isn't cycled. Do you know about the nitrogen cycle?

This tank isn't big enough for discus, unfortunately.
 
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There's a couple tetras in at the moment. I probably didn't describe well enough, sorry. The tank has been running for 11 years now, just not kept up with as it should've been and there hasn't been a decent amount of fish for a while. I am aware of the nitrogen cycle to answer your question.
 

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There's a couple tetras in at the moment. I probably didn't describe well enough, sorry. The tank has been running for 11 years now, just not kept up with as it should've been and there hasn't been a decent amount of fish for a while. I am aware of the nitrogen cycle to answer your question.
Oh, in that case, what tetras do you have?
 

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Do you like those fish and want more? Because if not, I would rehome them. Both need to be in groups of 6+ of their own species, and that would stock you for schooling fish. They shouldn't be left as is, as they're likely very stressed (no matter how long they've been in such a small group/singly). They can also bully any new fish you add.

If you want to keep them, what about this?

8-10x Serpae
8-10x Skirt tetra (mix of black, white, or glo)
10x Panda or false julii cories (just one species)
2x Bolivian ram

And if you want to rehome them, what about this?

2x Apistos (M/F pair; many species to choose from)
15-18x Ember tetra
10x Flame or silver tip tetra
10x Panda or false julii cories
 
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I'm leaning towards rehoming them... also don't think I can get apistos. Don't carry them in the store
 

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Except I would do 2 Bolivians instead of one - they're not very aggressive when breeding, and keeping two would allow you to see much more interesting behavior (and arguably, it's better for the fish!).
 
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I definitely like the idea of a pair of rams. That can definitely be worked out. Cories I can get as well. Tetras can be negotiable species wise but I think that'll work out well
 

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Hey everyone, new here. I have a 36 bow set up that's ready for fish. pH is slightly acidic, 6.6 the lowest. Recommend some cool stocking suggestions! I want to have a really cool and stunning tank.
Welcome to FishLore, Joedusa.4 !!
I'm sure you will find FishLore very helpful!!
 
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