Eartheaters in a 60-75 gallon?
So I've been thinking about future tanks I'd like to own and after a lot of thought I think I want to set up a large South American tank with a school of smaller Geophagus, around 4-6 inches, a smaller schooling fish and maybe some other fish species here or there. This thread is simply for me to drum up some options but I don't see this tank being set up for at least a year or two. I've found several species I like but for some reason they don't fit, whether that be availability, aggression during breeding, or something else.
The three species I've been looking at are:
As stated before I really want a school. I love the look of the Gymno but I've read that it gets really aggressive with conspecifics during breeding. I'm looking for something with color, nothing boring, around 4-6 inches in length, schooling, non-aggressive or only semi-aggressive during breeding, and community safe. If anyone has any ideas please comment!!
I would personally go with Red Head Tapajos...they only grow to 6" and are some of the most colorful. They are also fairly peaceful. I would however not suggest keeping them in less than a 75G. You can keep a group of 5 in there as long as you provide adequate territorial breaks with lots of branchy driftwood. Shoaling species would be great look into some Lemon tetras or even Serpae for a good splash of added color.
The Tapajos are gorgeous and I have checked them out before but I really want some that's mostly blue greens and yellows. Plus I'd prefer smaller fish.. If I go with a 75 I want it to be around 4-5 in length but be taller and wider than other 75's. I really don't think I can go with a tank longer than 5ft so I'd like to keep my cichlids as small as possible. Still looking around..
EDIT: It really looks like the only feasible main school of geophagus I'll be able to get are the Tapajos. They're not my first choice but they are gorgeous fish. Do you believe they'd fair well in a 5-6ft 75-80 gallon tank? I really can't go any more in terms of length.
I really want multiple geophagus species in the tank with the Tapajos. I think I might go for a pair of bolivian rams in this tank. They're not too large but they won't cause such a problem when breeding and they'll still give me another geophagus species.. Hmm I definitely want a pair of Bolivians. Do you have any other suggestions for geophagus. I'd like a species that can fair well on its own.
For stocking I'm thinking maybe
4-6x Red Head Tapajos
2x Bolivian Rams
third geophagus species maybe
some species of schooling tetra
and maybe some other oddball species such as a catfish species, loaches, or maybe another cichlid species.
Last edited by Gesp56; 03-03-2014 at 07:14 PM.