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    My partner and I were just casually talking about our futures last night and as a joke I mentioned that when we are both rich and he owns his own restaurant (as is the highest peak of achievement for any chef, short of having your own TV show) it would have a gigantic freshwater aquarium in it, maintained by me.

    It's all fun and games of course, but it got me thinking. What would you put in it? If budget wasn't a constraint and neither was size. Something that the average-joe non-fishy person would be interested in -- something people would book ahead for weeks to get a table next to. My first thought was a gigantic discus community, but then I began to consider Altum Angels. Maybe a 10-foot SA-cichlid community, or Malawi cichlids even. Possibilities are endless.

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    Native warmwater vivarium biotope. Complete with inverts.

    Bass, bluegill, sunfish, catfish, minnows, clams, crawfish, the list goes on and on.
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    Would depend a bit on the kind of restaurant. If you're doing something Asian you'd almost certainly would have to do Arowana.

    I'd consider a long driftwood biotope with big river stones and with spot lighting. A huge shoal of cardinals , a group of angels and some l-numbers.

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    I thought about Arowana but I think something "pretty" over something which is like "Omg what is THAT" would be nicer for a relaxing restaurant. And it wouldn't be an asian restaurant anyway... my partner isn't asian.

    Agreed about the cardinals! I was thinking wild-type discus. Mmmm.

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    Well having seen a problem with a local restaurant's tank, it was far too deep (6'+) while being narrow. So they couldn't clean or maintain it and kinda ruined it.

    My dream tank for something like that would be like 30+ ft long, 2' wide, 2' tall and would consist of a bunch of large schools in heavy planted tank with driftwood and stones

    Prob do a few schools of cory, a large school of rummeynose, large school of cardinals, some nice angels (i hear in large schools they do well) and maybe a few other types. Or discus rather than angels

    Have the tank kinda be a long flowing U shaped so that 1 large table can be placed in it (like a booth). The tank would be about a 20' radius

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    I like hardy's idea about tank dimensions but I'd go with your idea of Discus or a mix of SA cichlids and some cardinals to fill it out. sounds like a fun dream.
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    If you had a ten foot tank with at least 2 feet of width I would say I large school of clown loaches. They would be loach dancing up the glass for everyone to see, and they get enough size to be easy to see. Oh and the customers could watch the fish eat off of forks too (zucchini). Driftwood with floating plants could round it out.

    Oh there would be more fish but that would be my centerpiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady10Godiva View Post
    If you had a ten foot tank with at least 2 feet of width I would say I large school of clown loaches. They would be loach dancing up the glass for everyone to see
    Clown loaches are an excellent idea. Not many tanks are large enough for them but they would have plenty of room
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    I would do a large saltwater reef tank built into a wall to hide all equipment.
    Since you want a freshwater tank, I would go with peaceful colorful fish that are also very hardy. You wouldn't want the patrons to see aggression issues or sick or dead fish while they are eating.
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    I would do a large fish only salt water tank with some of the more peaceful and colorful large body angels and a few of the large bodied lionfish.

    With good quality LED lights, there would be fantastic colors and activity to watch.
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