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Author Topic: Finally took the plunge - new 125 gallon  (Read 1358 times)
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« on: December 05, 2018, 02:36:40 PM »

So glad I found this site ! Last aquarium I had was a 20 G long back in oh about 1976 ! Yes I am old lol. I've done a lot of online research and LFS research and saw lots of fish I'd like to have. Oscars, discus, cardinal tetras, black ghost knifefish, silver dollars, african cichlids, clown loaches, and redtail sharks. Didn't take long to rule out having them all in one tank. Went back to my memory of that old 20 G and what I liked from that tank. I had 1 silver dollar, 1 hatchetfish, 1 buenos aires tetra, 1 cory cat of unknown species, 1 tiny little pleco who became a huge fish, 1 swordtail, 1 molly, 1 angelfish, 1 kuhli loach, 1 big pearl gourami, and 2 neon tetras. I didn't know better at the time and the LFS owner who sold them all to me said they would all live happily together. Some of them lived for quite awhile but I now know that none of them were thriving. Doing it different this time. I am going to go slow and will for sure have lots more questions to ask of all you pros but here is the first. I want to have a sand substrate, lots of driftwood and rocks, and easy low light hardy plants (thinking Java Ferns, Anubas nana, Hornwort). The new tank is 72" long, an Aqueon 125 gallon. Let me know what you think of my stocking plan please.

2 Bristlenose Plecos
4 Pictus Catfish
6 Silver Dollars
8 Bolivian Rams
10 Red Eye Tetras
12 Three-lined Corydoras
14 Silver Hatchets

The fish supplier said they will all be in the 1-2" range upon purchase. I will do a fishless cycle. My first question is should I add them all at once after the cycle since they will all be so small or not. If not what ones would be best first and then later ? Yes I know silver dollars like to munch on plants but I like them and I like live plants so I'm going to give it a try. Thank you for all your help.
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2018, 11:50:24 AM »

Looks like this site doesn't get used anymore. A shame.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2018, 05:13:28 AM »

Hi JumboShrimp,

The site isn't as active as it used to be, sometimes just takes a bit longer to get replies.

Sounds like you have nice group sizes going on there for each species so they'll have company. I'd probably add a couple of species in at a time, but in theory if you've done the fishless cycle correctly for the anticipated bioload then you could put them all in at once (But I feel it's difficult to correctly anticipate the bioload)
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2018, 12:38:46 AM »

People are a bit busy that is why only a few new posts are made, but you can always create a thread about your concern and we will be happy to help you out.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 07:25:27 PM »


I would urge against adding a lot of fish at one time; there's every danger you could overload your bacteria colony. I would suggest you begin with maybe the BN Plecos. If the cycle holds up, start adding maybe 5 fish at a time, going a species at a time, with a break of about a 1-2 weeks between additions.

Ideally, after you've got 6-7 fish, get your quarantine tank going and keep additional fish in it for 2-3 weeks before adding them to your main tank. If you put in (56?!!) at the same time, there's a strong possibility that at least one will bring in a disease -- and it'll be really hard to treat a large tank like yours.

Basically, go slow. As they say, nothing good ever happens quickly in an aquarium. Good luck!

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2019, 11:19:15 AM »

im jealous i wish i had a big tank like that
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