STOCKING 6ftx2.5x2 TANK!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Jamie Boshier, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. Jamie Boshier

    Jamie Boshier Valued Member Member

    Okay so in the near future I plan on buying this beast. Just want some advise on the stock I'm considering.
    So here goes...

    1 x oscar
    1 x jack Dempsey
    4 x clown Loach
    1 x pleco - thinking royal or common
    And then I'm open to other suggestions or ideas?

    I'm already very clued in on the massive filtration system this tank will need. Just purely talking about stock. I'm using a very fine gravel substrate. It's 850 litres/225 gallons.

    Thanks


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  2. Marie1

    Marie1 Well Known Member Member

    Red hook silver dollars, tinfoil barbs, bala sharks.Other large Central and South American cichlids. Geophagus would work well. Lots of different kinds too. Bichirs. I would have more clown loaches,
     
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    Jamie Boshier

    Jamie Boshier Valued Member Member

    How any clowns?


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    Jamie Boshier

    Jamie Boshier Valued Member Member

    How many clowns #


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    Jamie Boshier

    Jamie Boshier Valued Member Member

    Also I've read that the Bala Sharks need to not be alone ?


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  6. Adam55

    Adam55 Well Known Member Member

    Correct. They like to be in groups.
     
  7. Marie1

    Marie1 Well Known Member Member

    Bala sharks are shoaling fish. They will be ok with a pair or 3. More the merrier, but a big shoal of them is not necessary. Same with the tinfoils.

    I would have 6 to 8 clown loaches. The clowns are slow growers. They will max out around 10 inches, maybe a bit more. But with a group of 6 to 8, I would bet only one or 2 get over 10 inches. And most will stay between 8 to 10 inches.
     
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    Jamie Boshier

    Jamie Boshier Valued Member Member

    Will the stock I already have plus 2-3 bala's fully grown be okay?


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  9. Marie1

    Marie1 Well Known Member Member

    I think that will be fine.


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    Jamie Boshier

    Jamie Boshier Valued Member Member

    Views on a arowana?


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  11. C

    Cichlid Guy New Member Member

    I think an aro would be ok in a tank that size, but it would also limit your stocking depending on the type (especially if it's a silver arowana). I think you'd be ok with the Oscar and the Dempsey, but they don't always get along and usually the Oscar would come off second best in a fight from my experience. In a huge tank like that they would both have established territories though so it should be ok. I like Marie's suggestion of geophagus also, gorgeous fish and more peaceful than most of the larger cichlids. I would add a green terror myself but I love those fish so I'm biased. Like Marie said silver dollars or balas would be good as dithers.
     
  12. Marie1

    Marie1 Well Known Member Member

    If it were an 8' tank you might be able to get away with keeping a aro in it. But since it is a 6' tank that is only 30" wide, I wouldn't do it myself. Permanent homes for aros should be 8'x3' in my opinion. The height is not as important but they should be at least 2 feet tall.


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    Jamie Boshier

    Jamie Boshier Valued Member Member

    Green terrors? I like the geophagus too just so many different types!

    Also would you keep the green terror alone or have a few?


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