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    Default How would you stock a 180 gallon set-up


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    I found a great deal on another 180 gallon tank that is drilled and comes with a 75 gallon sump and return pump. I have not bought it yet, but I am considering it as I have all the other equipment and almost all of the filter media that I would need to set it up. The sump is large enough to have more than enough biological and mechanical filtration that you would need for a much larger tank. The owner and I are in the process of negotiating a price right now.

    Here’s my problem, I can’t decide how to stock this tank should I get it. I am thinking about two different types of set-up:

    1 – Lots of large pcs of driftwood with a few large fish, like a pair of Oscars (one tiger one red) and a single large pleco like a sailfin or a royal. Maybe even a red and a green terror in place of the Oscars.

    2 – Lots of large pcs of driftwood with low light plants and larger schools of smaller fish like: emerald corys, congo tetras, boesemani rainbows, Denison Barb (roseline sharks) and maybe a one or two smaller plecos and a two severums like a red and gold. If I went with a stocking like this, I would limit the schooling fish that take up the upper portions of the tank to only 2 of the four mention above and have schools sizes as large as I can have (hoping for around 20 at least, of each but that would depend on further research).

    What type of set-up would you do ?
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    I would definitely go with the 2nd choice.
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    I am all about the smaller fish in large schools. It's both beautiful and fascinating to watch that many fish move as one so the second set up would be my choice. Both of them sound great though.

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    Second choice. Now if I read that correctly are you lumping the denison barbs into the list of schooling fish that would take up the upper portion of the tank? My understand was they were bottom dwellers. Everything I have seen they like to stay mid to bottom of the tank. I've seen a group in a large display tank and they never got above half way. Personally I'd do them and the Rainbows because they both enjoy high current and would be very compatible in size, tank type, and splitting the tank space up. Personally I like the Turquoise Rainbow over the Boesemani but they aren't anything to shake a fist at.
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    Yes, I would pick of the schools I listed based on which ones would would better together. When I use the term upper portions of the tank, I am actually referring to about the top two third of the tank, pretty much any fish that doesn't stay on or just above the bottom of the tank. Form what I have seen, the denison barbs do like to take up from about the bottom 1/3 to middle of a tank so I would aggree with you there. Or at least that I been my observations as well of a school of 12 of them in a 5 foot long 120 gallon tank

    I'll have to also add the turquoise rainbows as a option as well, thanks for the suggestion
    Last edited by Cliff; 07-06-2014 at 03:46 AM.
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    lol you shoulda made a poll. I'm for the first choice. In my big tank the schooling fish didn't stay together, so the cool factor of watching a group of fish swim together was negated. Two schools of scattered fish would just look scattered. Of course, I didn't have any schools of 20 either, maybe that makes a difference.
    But I find large fish cool. There's something a bit more impressive about big fish, tho I admit the tank looking a bit empty is a negative.
    I would go with the big fish option, especially seeing as you have a FW tank with schools already.
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    I guess im the only one who would do the larger fish lol. Id go with option 1... Tbh i would do a geophargus tank if you can find them... I love they way they look lol
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    Number two all the way , my only change would be to have a pair of REGULAR Jack Dempsey's along with a pair of GREEN TERROR'S , and a single odd colored PLECO.I think that would be awesome . Sorry but I don't know anything about the Oscar's but I'm sure someone else will chime in to add to the other opinions that will know all about them . Good luck with whichever direction you decide. keep us posted .
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    looks like a tie so far...
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    Cliff... You have a 180 with 255gal total capacity and you just want to keep two oscars?! Killin me man!!! Lets go show African/Discus tank (with the filter you have you would be able to do a refugium set up and you could just basically do top offs and gravel vacs!)... Large nice stone contours and schoolers of Africans would be an amazing contrast to what you currently have with the great S/W tanks you take care of.

    Then again if its just the two picks... I go #1 and go for a school of Geophagus and then like a large congo tetra or even silver dollars and an oscar, an acara and a firemouth? Just throwing out ideas...
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