Fish Folk Posted August 26, 2021 Share Posted August 26, 2021 I’ve been thinking today about the fish I most enjoy. Like a number of other NERMs, we’ve multiplied tanks rapidly over the last few years. But I now find that only a few tanks and a few species really maintain my enduring interest. I think that a 75 gal. tank is about right for the perfect “not small” / “not enormous” tank. I found myself wondering aloud: if I had to go with only one… how would I stock it? I’m torn between a COLD water tank featuring U.S. Natives, and a HOT water tank featuring select Amazon species. For a COLD 75 gal., I’d use a substrate of either Eco-Complete or Activ-Flora. I prefer black. I’d definitely select some choice wood. I’ve been really enjoying the look of a mix between large Mexican beach pebbles and smaller landscaping stones to yield a semi River look. I’d line the back with Valisneria Americana, and plant batches of Bronze Crypt around the tank. I’ve sort of already done this with a 29 gal… I’d add like to see if I can keep a major school of Rainbow Shiners… A small group of amazing Darters… And… if ever really possible, a few Black Banded Sunfish… Or, maybe try the Blue Spotted Sunfish instead… I’d love to see these species live together in peaceful harmony, freed to spawn in the tank if effectively set up. But on the whole, just a beautiful and stable tank. —————————————— Now, if I went with a HOT tank, I’d like to use the same substrate, and a dynamic wood centerpiece. I’d use Amazon Swords in the background, since they do well in warm temps. And I’d probably select some Melon Swords in the foreground. I have found that I like light colored, smooth Great Lakes stones too. I’ve sort of set this up with a 55 gal. already… For featured fish, I definitely love Discus. I like a variety of tank bred, vibrantly colored specimens. I’m not into the wild caught craze… We have always been huge fans of German Blue Rams. Would definitely include a couple trios. We bred some interesting color morphs in the past, crossing Gold and Electric Blue… Also just can’t go wrong with traditional color morph GBRs… I do love Cardinal Tetras, and would love a school of those in there… I’m not sure what sort of Pleco would best enjoy a very warm tank (please suggest!) but I love either a few Zebras… Or (maybe AND) Greg Sage’s Green Dragons… —————————————— Now that I think it all through… I’m seeing 2x 75 gal tanks in my future… HOW ABOUT YOU? WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH A 75 GAL? 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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