Keeping Many Little Fish In Big Tank?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by cm11599ps, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. cm11599ps

    cm11599ps Well Known Member Member

    I'm sure many people, myself included, have kept fish that are too large for their aquarium.

    Is there anyone that kind of does the opposite? Does anyone have a really big tank and only fill it with little fish?
  2. outlaw

    outlaw Well Known Member Member

    I haven't done it yet. Just need to get rid of my current 46g and find a more permanent dwelling. I did have a post for 100gal (maybe larger now) and only putting fish that get upto 2-2.5" max. Doing that plus planted, I think would look awesome.
  3. navyscuba

    navyscuba Well Known Member Member

    Yeap I used to have a long time a go neons, danios, guppies and others in a 75 gal. Lots of schools of fish. I have some now but on a 55 with my Angels.

  4. Morgan111

    Morgan111 Well Known Member Member

    yea it seems more like a natural setting... I like stocking that way
  5. Treefork

    Treefork Well Known Member Member

    I used to have a 125 Gallon with about 20 Danios and 40 Platies. (Of course the Platies kept multiplying themselves.)

    EDIT: And it still didn't look near full. So much swimming room.
  6. OP

    cm11599ps Well Known Member Member

    I'm thinking that may be the way to go if and when I get a larger tank, 300 gallons or more. From all the videos I've seen of big tanks they all have large fish. I'm sure that's impressive but I also think having a 300+ filled with a bunch of neons, mollies, and other assorted small fish would be great.

    If you did do something like that would it be possible to keep one or two larger fish too? Maybe like a pair of angels so the entire tank isnt' small fish?
  7. bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

    I would say you would need to get the angels very small, so they grew up with the schools. Less temptation for a tasty dinner... ;)
  8. TedsTank

    TedsTank Well Known Member Member

    Yes, a big tank with small fish certainly always has something going on!! I'm headed that way now with my 55 gal. All tetra's for now but will be getting more soon.
  9. thequietman44

    thequietman44 Valued Member Member

    I saw one tank out in Arizona (125g maybe?) that was stocked with about 80 glowlight, neon, and black neon tetras only. I think there were some ottos and maybe a few shrimp also. It looked amazing. All the tetras were about 1" and they would school in mixed colors, back and forth across the tank, splitting into several schools, then back into one large one. Lots of live plants and driftwood as well.

    I always thought it would be cool to do that, but it gets pretty expensive to stock with that many small fish unless they are livebearers and can sort of stock themselves :).
  10. Jaysee

    Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    Ive suggested people do that. i have a 30 gallon full of small tetras. the problem is that there are soooooo many fish most people cant keep because they have dont have a large enough tank. when they do get a large tank, the alllure of large fish is usually too much to overcome
  11. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    I've been toying with the idea of combining my 30, 2 twentys and a 10 into my empty 55.
  12. OP

    cm11599ps Well Known Member Member

  13. outlaw

    outlaw Well Known Member Member


    Says its a 40gal.
  14. Treefork

    Treefork Well Known Member Member

  15. outlaw

    outlaw Well Known Member Member

    i'll have to view the vids from home. Cant even see there is a link attached other then the big blank space from work.
  16. bubblynutter

    bubblynutter Well Known Member Member

  17. Goldwing_Don

    Goldwing_Don Well Known Member Member

    75 neons in a 75 gal. it was many years does make for a pretty tank. darn you people, got me thinking about a new;laughing
  18. Nutter

    Nutter Fishlore VIP Member

    I've got Lemon Tetras, Harlequin Rasboras, Rummynose Tetras, Otos, SAE & a Dwarf Gourami in the 63gal in my sig. About 40 fish in total so far. Seriously thinking of planting out the 180gal I just emptied & doing a few large schools of Tetras etc in there.
  19. TedsTank

    TedsTank Well Known Member Member

    Well I'm up to 11 Rainbow Tetras, 12 Cardinals, 6 neons and 6 pristellas.....still want to add black neons for contrast and definately more cardinals!!
  20. outlaw

    outlaw Well Known Member Member

    Any pics?

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