Stocking A 45 Gallon

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I'm on the verge of buying a new tank and the space I have in which to put it is only 44 inches wide; therefore, the widest standard tank I can use is 36 inches wide, which means I'll probably be getting a 45 gallon tank. Got it?

My original plan was to stock it with African cichlids with a pair of Yellow Labs as the focal points. I also considered Oscars (love 'em), but after reading posts on this site, I now know that 45 gallons is too small for Africans or Oscars. Sigh!

Now I'm thinking along these possible lines:
  • Maybe a tank of colorful schooling fish like neons or cardinals
  • Maybe some angels (just not as colorful as I like)
I would enjoy reading your thoughts on schooling fish or other fish that would thrive in a 45 gallon tank.
 
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Fanatic said:
Hello! Welcome to Fishlore!
Why not try this stocking?

2 Angelfish
10 Harlequin Rasboras
10 Cherry Barbs
10 Bronze Cory
2 Bristlenose Pleco
Thanx. I had forgotten about Harlequins.
 
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Okay! Yesterday I found a 65 gallon tank that is only 36-37 inches wide and is on sale at a local store, so I'm going to try to get that instead. It's 18 inches deep (front to back). Is this still too small for a couple of Oscars?
 

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Barry Wilson said:
Okay! Yesterday I found a 65 gallon tank that is only 36-37 inches wide and is on sale at a local store, so I'm going to try to get that instead. It's 18 inches deep (front to back). Is this still too small for a couple of Oscars?
Yes, that's too small for even one oscar, period.
 
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