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  1. Default Ideas for a 75 gallon tank


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    I've been mulling over upgrading to a larger tank from my 26 gallon for awhile now. I have a few ideas. It will have to include at least 2 Bolivian Rams, 6 corydoras, and 4 oto cats, since I do not want to re-home any of my existing fish. Here are a few ideas I've come up with.

    South American Cichlid / Silver Dollar Tank:

    2 bolivian rams
    4 oto cats
    8 cory cats
    1 blue acara
    5 silver dollar fish (standard, not red hook)

    Dwarf Cichlid / Tiger Barb Tank:

    6 bolivian rams
    4 oto cats
    8 cory cats
    21 various-colored tiger barbs

    Eartheater Cichlid Tank:

    2 bolivian rams
    4 oto cats
    8 cory cats
    3 red-striped eartheaters (geophagus surinamensis)
    5 silver dollars or a school of large tetras

    I will probably lightly plant this tank (java fern and anubias only to start) with a sand substrate, and low lighting.

    Suggestions? (all of these checked out on aqadvisor but I'd like some more insight before going ahead)

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    Sorry mods, I meant to put this in fish compatibility!

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    I think a 75G dwarf cichlid tank would be really neat but I'd stock it slightly differently.

    2 Bolivian Rams
    1 Male - 3 Female Cockatoo Cichlids
    15 ottos (only after the tank is established for several months as they need algae)
    8 cory Cats
    10 khuli Loaches
    And your Tiger Barbs

    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottishFish
    I think a 75G dwarf cichlid tank would be really neat but I'd stock it slightly differently.

    2 Bolivian Rams
    1 Male - 3 Female Cockatoo Cichlids
    15 ottos (only after the tank is established for several months as they need algae)
    8 cory Cats
    10 khuli Loaches
    And your Tiger Barbs

    Cockatoos = Apistogrammas right? I have heard mixing dwarf cichlids is a bad idea, will they get along with the Bolivians? Are they easier to sex?


    I might skip the otos (don't think I'm going enough light to support that much algae), but that sounds like a very fun tank with a lot of activity.

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    Yeah Apistogrammas, I only got my Agassizii today and it is currently housed with my pair of kribs. I also used to keep Bolivians with my kribs but I rehomed them as I wanted to concentrate on breeding the kribs.

    Yeah missing the ottos is probs a good idea, you could maybe replace them with a pleco after the tanks been cycled and running for several months if you find algae a problem
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    I like SF's idea - apistos are beautiful.

    Out of the ideas you threw out, I think the eartheater-cichlid tank would be lovely.
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    Yeah as much as I would like the blue acara I just don't know if I'm going to get the cichlid interaction that I enjoy so much with just a single big fish.

    I know apistos have very pretty, long fins - would the tiger barbs get nippy?

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    But wait Scotti. 2 bottom dweller species in one tank? I don't like that idea. Would say go for just one specie (bottom dweller) and make a big school of them. Plus, I think apistos and rams also stays on the middle-bottom part of the tank, am i wrong? Oh, and I'm surprised that you didn't say Firemouth in the first line. lol

    Good question about the TBs, i am not sure if the barbs will still be nippy with a school that big, but there is always a possibility. not only with the apistos, but also with the ram. So now I am not sure if this is a good idea.

    I like the SA cichlids idea. With the acara, why not add multiple keyholes and a severum?
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    Would a severum really be happy in a 75g with another big cichlid? I have heard so many contradictory things about them.

    With that stock, I imagine I would have to drop the Silver Dollars and get a school of tetras instead for dithers, maybe Congos or Buenos Aires - even with that option it sounds like it would be pretty close to overstocked or require an aggressive water change schedule.

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    I have a severum in a 90 gallon with congo tetra's. The tank is the same foot print as a 75, but only with extra height.

    You could have a single rotkeil severum, a school of around 10 congo tetras, and school of around 10 corys with a smaller pleco (like a rubber lip pleco).

    With good filtration and a good maintenance routine, that could work

    Just another option to think about
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