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    Hey everyone. New to the forum, so I apologize if I missed some kind of guide that's already been posted. Finally getting back into aquariums after an 8 year break. I have a new 75g tank and am planning on running an Eheim 2217. Here are the fish I would like to have in the tank: 6 GBR, 2 Kribs, 2 Blue Acaras, and 2-4 Geophagus surinamensis. The tank will be planted (suggestions on hardy plants appreciated) with plenty of hiding spots. I've read that the Geo doesn't like aggressive fish and am concerned the Blue Acaras may bully them, even if I add them after the Geos are bigger. May add some more active smaller fish as well, any recommendations? Figured I'd run the tank at about 79f and 6.5ph. Any feedback on this setup would be greatly appreciated.

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    With the rams, kribs and geos, you have a lot of fish that will be competing for space on/near the bottom of the tank. I'm also not sure how well the acaras and rams will get along together, the acaras get much larger than the rams. The kribs could bully the rams to death as well.

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    Thanks, I was hoping having enough cover would be enough to protect them. So if I skip the kribs and acaras, what would you recommend to go along with the geos and rams? And do you think the bottom would still be overcrowded?

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    The bottom may be ok with both of those. Be aware though that the geos are diggers and will make it difficult to keep plants rooted in the substrate. You would be fine with java ferns and anubias that you could attatch to driftwood and rocks. Have you considered angelfish for the upper levels? There are also several different tetras that would work.

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    My current thought is congo tetras, silver dollars, or angelfish. Concerns are that the silver dollars may nip on the long fins of the geo or pick on the rams, angelfish are pretty but seem a bit boring to me personally and I'd like to add some liveliness. Never had any of these three, though.

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    `i'd nix the silver dollars. they are very skittish. Congo tetras would be a really good choice. If you're not up for angels how about a gold severum? Really pretty fish. I have one with my geo and congos and no issues. Have also had a ram in the tank and there was no problem.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted:severum, EBJD, congos, royal pleco
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    + 1 to Fishmommie's suggestion of Congo tetras.

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    nice video Steeler. It's very true to color. I have all male congos so they all have the nice long caudal fins. they really are beautiful fish and are constantly on the move back and forth across the tank - not flighty or frantic, just nicely swimming mostly in the upper mid range. love them.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted:severum, EBJD, congos, royal pleco
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
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    Thanks for the input everyone, will definitely add some congos.

    I initially really wanted a severum in the tank but wanted to go with something smaller because of what I read in the geo guide here, "They should, however, be the only Cichlid species in the tank, as they are easily intimidated and are likely to hide and starve to death even if kept with such mellow fish like Oscars." If they don't bully the rams or your geo, that's a great sign, but has anyone ever kept one with a suri? Would it help if I added the severum after the geo has grown some?

    Side note: has anyone found rotkeil/red-shouldered severums for sale online?

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    I've honestly found the sevs to be very mellow. My geo is a juripari. He was a little nervous when I first introduced him to the tank and for a short time the sev did chase him - but that lasted only a month and there was never any fighting. Now - for well over a year there is absolutely no aggression between them. I even had a much larger green sev in the tank for the past year. He was also a very mellow fellow. I hated to rehome him but because of his size, had to get him out of there. I also have blood parrots and an EBJD in the tank so someone had to go :o(
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted:severum, EBJD, congos, royal pleco
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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