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  1. #1

    Default If you had a 500gal (1,892L) tank, what would be your stocking?


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    Hey guys,

    While many of us will never have a 1,000+ gallon tank in our homes, 300-500gal is actually something within reach. Brhino is working on a 300gal at the moment and once I acquire a home that's big enough and has room enough for a bigger tank, I'll be revisiting the subject of a big tank build (I'm actually thinking 500gal in-wall). It sounds like it would cost a lot of money, and it is... but it's certainly within reach and worthy of saving for.

    Anyway, I have been thinking about what I'd stock a big tank with over the last year and came up with some different variations, especially as I learn of new fish and new behaviors, etc. However, I'm curious what you guys think.

    So, as the subject asks... what would you stock at 500gal tank with? Would you go freshwater or salt? Would you go cichlid w/out plants, or would you go fully planted?

    I know that I would definitely want to do a freshwater, fully planted tank with a plethora of driftwood and rocks.

    One variation of my stocking would be this:



    I thought about this the other day and came up with a stocking similar to this, but not exact. I should have written it down, because it felt perfect to me and the stocking was at 14%. I may have added a Red Tail Black shark, removed the BN plecos and added an Oto school of 20, but I can't remember.

    Anyway, what would you do?
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    I like your list!
    But, if I had a 500 gal, I'd set it up very much like Judi's with a large discus population and a community of rummys, cory cats, and cardinals. it would be sand bottom with planted driftwood
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
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    I would do one of either approaches, either a few or a single large fish , or a few very very very large schools of community fish. For the large fish: Oscars, some of the larger plecos, JDs or a arrow would be possibilities. For the schooling fish two very large schools from the following list: congo tetras, odessia barbs, diamond tetras, Rosaline sharks, as well as two very large schools of corys (not too sure which ones tho). The final choice would be based on the type of water, comparability, and availability to buy.

    That is just my taste tho
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    man I couldn't imagine dealing with a tank that size or larger. I would have to build an addition specifically designed to hold that kind of mass. Not to mention the wife would kill me.
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    Something like this but with half the Cardinals replaced by Rummy nose.

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    I would do a Tanganyikan biotope tank with Shell dwellers, rock dwellers and open water species. A school of Fronts and a large school of jumbo Cyps.

  7. #7

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    Kinda like steeler's suggested tank. Lots and lots and lots of fast growing plants and at least 3 lace plants.

    What I would put in that tank? I don't really like big fish or heavy stocking so it would just be a mega size community:
    2 pairs of wild type angels
    20 marble hatchets
    50 White Cloud Mountain minnows(super underrated!)
    18 corydoras sterbai
    18 corydoras panda
    18 corydoras eques
    4 pearl gouramis
    At least 4 pairs of bolivian rams or laetacara dorsigera
    40 Amano shrimp
    30 otocinclus

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler1 View Post
    Something like this but with half the Cardinals replaced by Rummy nose.

    That's funny, I was looking at that video earlier (along with the 10,000L one you posted the other day). My original stocking had Discus + Altum Angels, but as I keep seeing these big tanks with smaller schoolers, I'm much more impressed by the smaller species schools. I really like the activity. That's why I chose a bunch of Denison Barbs (which I find are some of the prettiest freshwater fish available), in addition to Angels. Both would be impressive in a tank. Then I started ceding to my love of catfish... the Panda Corys could be replaced by Adolfoi or some other more colorful Corys, but I just used them as a starting point. I also love the colors of the Rainbows and it would be impressive to see a bigger school of them in a big tank. A contrast to the other, larger schooling fish (which I would assume would take up their own route).

    I just think it would be cool to have activity going in every direction, so you never get bored looking over here and over there, etc. So having varying schools of fish should accomplish that, I imagine. Opting for more Rainbows and SAEs might be an option... possibly replacing the smaller plecos with a big Oto school... and maybe throw in an additional school of Corys. lol

    Too many options.
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    I would have all the khuli loaches, alongside some kind of region-appropriate barn.

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    Oh yeah Kevin, a big school of Adolfoi even settle for duplicareus, or these that I've hooked Slap on:

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