Need cold water fish Ideas!

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Huskiesandfishies, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. HuskiesandfishiesValued MemberMember

    Very well thinking of a cold water fish tank for my 75 gallon. So far I like dojo loaches and white cloud minnows? How would you stock a 75 gallon cold water tank?
  2. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Danios would be a good cooler-water schooling fish to add! Big schools of those and white clouds would be very pretty.
  3. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    I would go with the smaller (4 inch-ish) sunfish. Like the black banded sunfish, Enneacanthus chaetodon. Maybe the other sunnies in Enneacanthus as well.
  4. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    What else is in the tank? A group of sunfish would be awesome, but would fully stock the tank. If you want a coldwater community, there are dozens of species of shiner, minnow, catfish, and killies to choose from. Not to mention probably the coolest group of fish ever, darters :)
  5. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Some of the darters are so beautiful!
  6. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    I like my swamp darter. And mosquito fish. I keep some small stump knocker sunfish.
  7. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    IMO swamp darters are among the most beautiful freshwater fish in the world. And I can find them when I visit my family back east! LOL.
  8. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    Mines wild caught along with the sunfish it lives with.

    Never kept one but rainbow darters are incredible if you could get one.
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  9. HuskiesandfishiesValued MemberMember

    Thanks for some suggestions, I'm trying to research the darters but not too much info I can find. One place said expert level of care but unsure? Is it a peaceful fish? One place did say 30-50% weekly water change ?

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  10. HuskiesandfishiesValued MemberMember

    I just read the rainbow darters are in Ohio.. I live in Ohio I can go catch one lol!

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  11. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    Very peaceful. Not sure about rainbow but my swamp darter is very easy to keep. Monthly 40% water change on my native tank.
  12. HuskiesandfishiesValued MemberMember

    I talked to someone from northern Ohio and was told they don't fare long in aquariums, but they let you capture them without permits and stuff one day out of the year here

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  13. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    You could try it with a few? Just be sure to only capture it on the allotted day! Try to keep only the healthiest. And do a lot of research on them so you can provide the best home. You can look up scientific papers on the behaviors and ecology of the species in open access journals.
  14. HuskiesandfishiesValued MemberMember

    Yeah was told I'd need to setup a river / stream with current. I'd also probably assume they would need high oxygen levels in the water too, not sure I'm gonna research and see if there's a better darter I could try first though. Hate to kill a fish

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  15. HuskiesandfishiesValued MemberMember

    So far I want Zebra danios, golden white clouds, dojo loaches, and researching some darters. Still trying to think of a few more, trying to look at species of killifish or catfish, any recommendations ?

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  16. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    I know there are some interesting Asian catfish from cooler streams. Haven't kept any personally.
  17. HuskiesandfishiesValued MemberMember

    Do you know which family or name of any so I can try to look them up by chance ?

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  18. shusbandWell Known MemberMember


    Also peppered cories
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  19. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    You can use this website to find some:


    Select the min and max temps and the max size acceptable for your tank.
  20. HuskiesandfishiesValued MemberMember

    Exactly where I was Texas! Just need to find out if they are captive bred or not etc, need to acclimate them to like a ph of 8

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