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  1. #1

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    Whats up everyone! This is my first post here, just found the forum and site to be honest. Have a 75gal tank that was given to me by my aunt because of a Fire Oscar that I had at the time. He has since come and gone due to what we believe was hole in the head. Since he has gone, I have ALOT of space to fill in this tank. I just laid sand down (100lbs) and am currently watching this milky water settle. I plan on setting up an Predatory tank, with several different COOL fish. Right now I have 2-3 that are FOR SURE going into the tank. (pending reviews and advice)

    -African Butterfly Fish
    -Barracuda (Acestrorhynchus Isalinae)
    -Banjo Catfish

    My GF is VERY fond of the Angels and Black Knife fish, I'm cool with both so i have no discrepancy with this. Although I enjoy the Spiny fin eels (particularly the Tire Track) and the Purple spotted gudgeon, I am trying to find a Happy medium without causing a battle for position within my tank. will also be incorporating few snails to help irrigate the sand to prevent gas bubble from forming and to help with filtration.

    Also am going to do a planted tank with a variety of plants and a few pieces of drift wood to help with Ph. Not to sure of what kind of lay out I want with this, if anyone wants to share some pics on here i would greatly appreciate it so I can get some ideas. Any advice is GREATLY appreciated and will be taken! Also if you see that one of these fish does better in pairs PLEASE let me know, last thing i need is a depressed fish lol.

    So fish listed
    -African Butterfly Fish
    -Banjo Catfish
    -Black Knife
    -Tire Track Eel
    -Purple Spotted Gudgeon

    look forward to hearing from you all! Also have already hit up the general FW threads with this question (slightly adjusted here with their info taken into consideration)

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    Saskatchewan, Canada

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    Are you talking about the same tank as in the below thread you started earlier today ?
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Yup, that is the same one. The two that I was speaking with gave me some great info. Was hoping to kind of broaden my reviews by coming to the section labeled specifically for the predatory fish I am hoping to get more advice on these fish and their likely tank mates. i have adjusted a few of the fish per their advice.

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    walbridge ohio

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    couldn't find snow and ice gifts - Lady Hobbs   burrrrrrr - Lady Hobbs   please post pics of your 10 hejuta. not many people on the forum are keeping nice predators like those. - Crispy   So sorry about your critters! :( - Rue   you are severely low on penguins :P - genocidex   


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    The gudgeon and angelfish aggression towards one another would eventually cause problems,maybe.Black knife fish can be hit or miss on attitude,but it should be fine if it has a secure eel free hide.Fish have different "personalities",and everyone's experience is different.How about a school of large barbs or tetras to cause a distraction?Silver dollars or possibly T-barbs.(Spanner barbs)

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