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Stocking My 160 Gallon Aquarium Help

Discussion in 'Angelfish' started by DuarteAmaro, Jan 1, 2019.


Could i also add rummy nose tetras and dwarf crayfish to it ?

Poll closed Jan 15, 2019.
  1. Yes

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  2. Maybe

  3. No

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  4. Only Rummy nose tetras

  5. only dwarf crayfish

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  1. DuarteAmaroNew MemberMember

    Hello , i scaped a 160 gallon aquarium yesterday , and i would like to know how many angel fish i can add to the tank after getting some plants.
    Im kinda new to the hobby , i just got a lucky deal on the tank and would like some help, thank you :)

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  2. watermelon46Valued MemberMember

    I'm gonna guess 5-8 angels in an 160g? I'm not a specialist to correct me if I'm wrong someone.

  3. DuarteAmaroNew MemberMember

    Hello :) Really? Ivwas expecting a answer like 15 or more , the more you know i guess :p Thank you

  4. BresCometNew MemberMember

    there's a rule that states you should start with 20 gallons for one fish, then add 10 gallons for every fish you add. so add like 5-6 angels, and then do your research and see what fish are compatible with them and go with that!

  5. FishwiferyValued MemberMember

    one inch of fish per gallon so you could get a lot. I would get discus fish if I was you! Probably not a beginner fish though. That big of tank can handle the bigger cichlids.
  6. Gourami36Well Known MemberMember

    Please don’t use the inch per gallon rule. It only works on small schooling fish when they are in groups and juvenile fish. Imagine a 10 inch fish in 10 gallon tank
  7. DuarteAmaroNew MemberMember

    I would really want a schooling fish wirh the angel fish

    Im european so im not really sure how to work with inches :p
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  8. BresCometNew MemberMember

    so you should keep them in at least groups of 4, angels are compatible with cardinal and neon tetras. honey, dwarf, blue and pearl gouramis are good with angels. Angelfish are good with elephant nose and the snake loaches such as the kuhli loach. Clown loaches tend to be too nippy for the angelfish. Danios are also schooling fish but they're very very active
  9. Gourami36Well Known MemberMember

    It’s basically 1 cm per liter
  10. DuarteAmaroNew MemberMember

    If it isnt asking for much... Could you tell me how many of those i could add? Thank you
  11. Gourami36Well Known MemberMember

    Rummy nose tetras? Don’t keep the temperature higher than 27 degrees

    Danios need colder water than angels and they can eat cardinal and neon tetras.

    You could add a group of honey gouramis or pearl gouramis. 3 spot gourami (blue) grow 15 cm and they are usually not good tankmates for angelfish
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  12. watermelon46Valued MemberMember

    Yikes. Yep, it's better to ask stocking questions on fishlore. You can also use aqadvisor.com which does not use the one inch per gallon rule. It's still better to use fishlore though.
    You could get some electric blue rams. They have a similar temp and I think are okay with angelfish. Or if you want a schooling fish, maybe rummynose tetras? Not too nippy at the angelfish or too small. Maybe 8-10 of those? Also chili rasboras would work. And for the bottom I agree with @BresComet khuli loaches would be nice. Or emerald cories
  13. DuarteAmaroNew MemberMember

    I was thinking something like 8 angel fish, 15 rummynose, 2 gouramis, 5 khuli loaches , ( i dont know about the electric blue rams ) a red tail shark , and one elephant nose loach . is this overstocking ?
  14. Gourami36Well Known MemberMember

    Should be fine but I would add a few more kuhli loaches and have 3 pairs of angels instead of 4 because you’ll have way too many angelfish. Which type of gouramis?
  15. DuarteAmaroNew MemberMember

    Im not sure... Im from a small town in portugal, shops here dont have much variety , i know they have blue gouramis, but i dont think i ever saw diferent kinds here, i was so sure i could have 4 or 5 pairs of angels :p

    Another question , i have 2 heaters in the tank, and they are set to 28 degrees Celcius , but the tank only reaches 24/25, i looked it up online and it said that i should put them near the intake and outtake of the filter, and so i did, but nothing changed
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  16. Gourami36Well Known MemberMember

    How many watts are the heater?
  17. DuarteAmaroNew MemberMember

    200W each , each one is set for a max a 400 liters
  18. McasellaFishlore VIPMember

    I would only do 6 angels, males preferred, angelfish are cichlids and unpredictable - meaning if you have a more aggressive pair they can kill the other angels even in a large tank.
    Rummynose, cardinals, emperor, or even diamond tetras are all options to be housed with angels, though if you start with larger angels the cardinals and rummies might be thought of as food.

    I would do a stock of
    4-6 angels (adults, you can get a group of smaller juveniles and decide who you want to keep)
    15 rummynose/cardinal/emperor/diamond tetra
    1-2 gourami (they can get big, if getting two get two females or a male and a female, males are territorial)
    1 red tail or rainbow shark (they can get big and are territorial, do not get two)
    8-12 Cories (sterbai, aeneus, adolfori, or gossei are all warmer water options).
  19. DuarteAmaroNew MemberMember

    I love the list, but i really dont find corydoras pretty at all... loaches cant be part of the options ?Like gold ring loaches, or elephant loses , and khuli obviously :p And please tell me, in what order should i get the fish in the tank, i suppose i shouldnt get them all at once, or should i ?
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  20. McasellaFishlore VIPMember

    You can do kuhli instead of cories, though you might run into issue with the kuhli and red tail shark.
    I would get the schoolers first (rummies or whichever tetra you prefer, warm waters only), then the juveniles angels, then gouramis, kuhlis, then the shark - this should take a while to do, no more than 6 fish a week once your tank is cycled (you will need to make sure it is cycled before going with the fish as rummies are a little touchy).