Mini Monster Stocking

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I wanted to do a mini monster setup that would include:

1 Trinidad pleco
4 clown loaches
1 ornate bichir
1 black ghost knife fish
1 datnoid (Siamese tiger fish)
1 Asian needle nose gar

I was also interested in adding another fish or school of fish (preferably a mid or top level swimmer)
I figured a standard 180 gallon could serve the fish well, but I'd like to hear from someone with experience in this subsection of the hobby

Also what is your recommended types of food for these fish

Thanks in advance for all your help

P.S. Nothing has been purchased, so everything listed can be changed
 

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What are the dimensions of the tank?
Clown loaches need a group of 6+.
Datnoids can get 2 feet, which is supposed to be uncommon, but it wouldn't work in a standard 180.
 
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6' 2' 2'
It was my understanding that datnoids only grow to 15 or 16 inches
Do you have any other additions or subtractions that you would recommend
 

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Trinidad plecos are omnivorous, so you will need to feed them catfish pellets.
Clown loaches are carnivores, so you can feed them bloodworms and catfish pellets.
I've read that bichirs need frozen foods and live foods.....
BGK, not sure. @freak78 should be able to help with that.
The gar is a carnivore, so live foods and frozen foods.
And I also have read that needle nose gar should be in a school.
 
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What kind of dat are you thinking of? There are ones that will work in a 180.
 
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Cool
So would this stocking be fine
1 Asian needle nose gar
1 gold datnoid
1 Trinidad pleco
1 black ghost knife fish
1 ornate bichir
6 clown loaches

in a standard 180 gallon aquarium
 
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Also does anyone have a suggestion for a fish or school of fish (preferably mid-level swimmers) that I could add to this group or is the stocking already at the max
 

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Personally i think its pretty close to max.
sometimes clownloaches will school, sometimes. You may already know that, just didnt want you to thik you didnt have one possible school.

also would silver dollars be ok with gar? Just a question, i dont know the answer.
 

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I'm afraid silver dollars would be too small for a "monster" tank with 1' or bigger fish.
Silver dollars will grow to 6 inches. They would fit very nicely in there. The gar or bichir may go after them. Buy i doubt it. If the OP is interested in them, but feel the regular Metynnis argenteus are too small, then Red Hooks would work too.
 

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I have heard EBJDs can get quite aggressive so I'm not sure how they would do with the other fish.


 
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