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    I just got a 37 gallon aquarium (upgrading from a 20) and I need some stocking ideas. In the 20 I currently have 1 blue ram, and 6 cardinal tetras. I also plan on getting 2 bristlenose plecos and 1 more blue ram so I have a pair. And for stocking for the 37 gallon, me and my family have pretty much all made are minds up that we want an angelfish. So my current stocking idea is 1 angelfish, 2 blue rams, 6 cardinals, and 2 bristlenose'. By my calculations of the inch per fish rule and general common sense. I have room for a few more fish. I don't want just some more schooling fish either. My idea was 3 or 4 more 4-6 inch fish that would swim in the middle/top area of the tank. I thought of 3 boesemani rainbows but after some research I figured that wasn't the best option for my tank. I also thought of a mix of 3 or 4 acei cichlids and yellow lab cichlids, but the only problem there is some people say they only get 4-6 inches, and others say 7-9 inches. So I'm really at a loss at what to do. Thanks for the help in advance! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    4-6 inch fish? How big is this 37 gallon?

    You're mixing hard and softwater fish. If you do get a pair of rams and they breed they will claim a large part of the tank. If your bristlenose breed what are you going to do with the young.

    Why not up the shoal of cardinals to 15 and leave it at that?

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    Here is my thought on this:

    I'm assuming it is a 37 Cube.

    I'd get 1 BN Pleco, pick a different one, like a Green Phantom or Red Calico or maybe a longfin

    I'd stick with 1 ram, just putting 2 together doesn't guarantee any sort of pairing and can lead to fighting, while you have the space for two, it can be difficult to get it to work

    Don't get the rainbows - any rainbows other than maybe the furcata rainbows get too large and need a min of 4-6' of tank space

    Don't get the cichlids

    My final stock plan for this would be:
    1 Ram
    1 BN Pleco
    1 Angel (again choose a less common variety)
    15 Cardinal Tetras

    Oh - and 1 last thought... the 1" per gallon rule - throw that out of the window, light it on fire and run it over with a car.... would you put a 10" oscar in a 10 gallon tank? Just saying that rule doesn't take many factors into account and is greatly outdated

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    The tank 30" by 12" and 26" tall. I can predict both of those stocks will make the tank look basically empty besides the angel and a few fish down at the bottom. I'm not getting anymore cardinals. I know the inch rule rarely helps anyone, but it's good to go off of and adjust accordingly. I planned on getting to plecos of the same sex. At night the plecos will eat the rams eggs so aggression will be very short termed. I also have a 70 gallon filter so if I was to overstock the smallest bit my filter could EASILY handle.

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    just my $.02 - but having had german blues trying to breed in my 75, the plecos did not eat the eggs.

    A tank on 30" wide really shouldn't have anything too big in it, your controlling dimension is 12", typically you wouldn't do any fish that gets larger than 4" in that.

    You could do maybe 2 angels. But there is a high risk of aggression doing that.

    If you would be ok scrapping the idea of the angel fish, you could do a school of congo tetras... your tank size is not ideal for them, but they would fit the bill of what you are looking for.

    Congos grow to be around 3" long, the males are very colorful, aggression isn't an issue.

    Try this stock:
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    I would be ok with scraping the angels, but not for just another schooling fish. Any few colorful fish that got maybe 4 or 5 inches. I know it doesn't have a lot of depth, but I think a fish even up to 6 or 7 inches would do ok. But with that said I still don't want to do a fish anything above 6 inches.

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    at this point I really can't help you. I don't think anything larger than the congos or angels would be appropriate for a 37g tank.

    While there are options that are 4-6" (discus, rainbows, gourami) I really don't think it would thrive in that tank.

    Sorry, that's just my opinion

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    What if I did maybe 2 Acei Cichlids and 1 electric yellow lab? According to a couple sites I've looked at (Petsmart, yahoo, liveaquaria, Wikipedia) They are both VERY peaceful, and only get 5 to 6 inches. I know I'm probably being hard to work with. But I'm very tired of tiny schooling fish. I really want a nice, colorful fish, with a personality. This is my first decent size tank too, so I really want something with some size to it.

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    Re-home the cardinals and the ram then, and make it a cichlid tank

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    +1 - that appears to be what you're leaning towards at this point. Wanting fish that grow to a certain size is one thing - having a tank that can accommodate that size long term is another. Plus, there are compatibility issues to be concerned with as I'm sure you are aware.

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