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    So I just got a used custom built tank, not sure of the exact capacity although I think it somewhere along the lines of 80-90g. The tank has weird specs, 45.5"L 36"high 13"W it's all 3/4" glass.

    I'm in the early stages, will be re sealing the tank then building a stand and canopy and deciding on filter and other equipment for it. I will be using sand in this tank, and it will be planted for sure. This will be a huge focal piece in my living room, directly across from the couch and sitting behind a long tv bench so it will basically be my TV (I don't own a tv). The couch is already flanked with a room divider 55g semi aggressive community tank.

    I'm looking for any ideas for stocking this new tank...I want to make sure I have a good variety of top/mid/low, and lots of activity. I'm open to any and all suggestions if anyone wants to jump in here. I don't want to muck it up and end up with fish who won't co habitat and have to remove them. I do also have a piranha tank, although I'm looking to phase that out.

    Thoughts?

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    Just to let you know, your tank is 92 gallons or 348 liters. Since you are looking for a good variety of fish, I would suggest tetra of some sort and maybe kuhli loaches or cory for the bottom. You also might like some of the smaller cichlids instead of tetra. Search the articles in the left had menu and see what interests you. Pick a few out and let us know which ones you like and we can help you fine tune the stocking.
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    That is a very weird shaped tank. Fish do value horizontal swimming space more than vertical so for a fish to feel comfortable in a tank narrow like that(despite its length) they will have to be small species. The good thing of such a tall tank, however, is that the top, middle and bottom layer of the tank can be much more defined, without fish constantly mixing around. For the top, you could put in a school of hatchetfish(keep the tank well covered). For the middle, most schooling fish will do. I have heard(although not verified) that, if provided with enough cover to feel comfortable anywhere in the tank, minnows and danios will tend to school higher up than tetras, which stay in the low middle part of the tank. As for bottom dwellers, catfish are probably out as most species come to the surface for a periodically for a gulp of air, and crossing 3 ft. Of water is not going to please them very much.

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    Fish won't have issues crossing 3 ft of water, if they did, they would not live in lakes, rivers, or streams.

    Now that I think about it that tank is begging for a couple of angelfish. It's nearly 4ft long so they would have plenty of swimming room, and the height is perfect for them.
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    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Now that I think about it that tank is begging for a couple of angelfish. It's nearly 4ft long so they would have plenty of swimming room, and the height is perfect for them.
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    Thanks for the replies! Yes the tank is a weird shape which is why I'm struggling with stocking plans....if I don't have any mid level dwellers in there I'll just end up with a lot of empty space.

    I certainly like the idea of angels, I've never had any...would you throw in any tank mates for them? The first response, with the mixed community was more where I was leaning towards.....especially danios and hachets! What about zebra barbs?

    It's hard to choose....and this always becomes my problem....good thing I have a while to think about it :)

    Thanks again for the replies so far :)

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    Not that a bottom dwelling fish will have problems propelling itself 3 ft, but whether it will feel comfortable swimming through the open space doing so is a different question. Remember that many fish, especially smaller ones, that we keep in aquaria come from shallow small streams.

    Good call with angelfish. I hadn't thought of that myself. Altums are real impressive but also have more requirements than scalare.

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    +1 on the Altums, if your water permits it that is, I can picture that tank with 6-8 altums and school of corys on the bottom.

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    I would put two or three nice sized schools of tetra. My choices would be buenos aires tetra, diamond tetra, columbian tetra, or lemon tetra. For the bottom I would I still pick my original suggestion of a large group of either kuhli loaches or some sort of cory.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    +1 to Mommy1

    I would also add congo tetras as one option.

    I think congos and diamonds would look great together in the same tank with either corys or kuhli loaches
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