Keeping Many Little Fish In Big Tank?

cm11599ps

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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?
 

outlaw

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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.
 

navyscuba

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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.
 

Morgan111

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

Treefork

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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.
 
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cm11599ps

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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?
 

bubblynutter

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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...
 

TedsTank

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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.
 

thequietman44

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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 .
 

Jaysee

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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 can't keep because they have don't have a large enough tank. when they do get a large tank, the alllure of large fish is usually too much to overcome
 
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Lucy

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I've been toying with the idea of combining my 30, 2 twentys and a 10 into my empty 55.
 
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cm11599ps

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I was finally able to find a video of a bunch of small fish in a larger tank. I like to look of the tank but I'd like to see some more fish and schools in there.
 

outlaw

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Says its a 40gal.
 

Treefork

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Here I uploaded an old video of my 125 Gallon Community Tank. (I no longer have this tank.)

 

outlaw

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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.
 

bubblynutter

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outlaw said:
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.
+1
 

Goldwing_Don

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

Nutter

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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.
 

TedsTank

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

outlaw

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Any pics?
 

Elodea

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Actually, that's one of my favorite setups. I like the idea of a 120 gallon with 60 cardinals, 20 pygmy cories, and 20 otocinclus. Oh, and make it heavily planted so the cardinals stand out. Who's with me?
 

TedsTank

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Ditto..but skip the otto's, I would get Cory's. Keep it all south American.
 

Elodea

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I thought ottos were South American ???

Oh, well. MORE CORIES!

I got it! How 'bout 50 cardinals, 30 corydoras hastatus, 10 glass/ghost catfish, and 10 marbled hatchetfish? (I know, genius, huh? just kidding)
 

Nutter

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Otos are South American. Brazil to be exact.
 
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