How's this for fish selection (aquarium)?

Neil Joseph

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Well, I have narrowed it down to 5 fish for my 108 US gallon tank I want to get after I move. I feel I am up to the challenge, plus I want an ..... interesting tank. Here they are...
qty 6 (2 male, 4 female)... Labidochromis Caeruleus (Yellow Lab)
qty 6 (2 male, 4 female)... Pseudotropheus Demasoni (Dward Pombo)
qty 6 (3 male, 3 female)... Botia Macracanthus (Clown Loach)
qty 1 (male or female)... Epalzeorhynchus Bicolor (Red-Tailed Black Shark)
qty 1 (male or female)... Hypostamus Punctatus (Common Pleco)
What do you guys think, especially those of you that know of, or have some of these breeds. I know of the terror tactics of the Demasoni. I did not want a Mbuna Cichlid-only tank... too much aggression so I combined a few community fish that I feel can handle the stress, especially as I will be getting them larger than the juvenile Cichlids and putting lots and lots or rockwork/caves.
 

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You should check out the "electric Blue Ahli".

It has a beautiful blue metallic (like foil) color.

Also check out a "red empress". It also has the metallic color, only it has red,green, and blue.

Both of these are very common (and stunning) cichlids.
 

Greg Robertson

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Looks like a interesting group of fish. I don't know if the red tail shark is more aggressive than a rainbow shark (basically the same but all the fins are red), but my rainbow is relatively nonconfrontational. Also those first two look like they're african cichlids. If they're not, then nevermind. I've had some africans that were way too agressive, much more so than the 'regular' cichlids I've had. If you're looking for interesting, then try and find a polypterus (sp?). I had one for 6 years and the thing had much more personality then any normal fish I've had, plus it looked like a snake with two fin hands and a line of cool spiky fins on top. I'm also a big fan of oscars, I had one that would let you pet it on the head.
But I have to agree with Philip, if I had a 108 gallon tank, I'd go with saltwater.
 

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My Clown Loach is my favorite fish. Took care of my snail problem very swiftly. Plus it looks cool and freaks out guests when it 'plays dead.'
 

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I don't know if the red tail shark is more aggressive than a rainbow shark
Yep, they sure are. Well ... some are more agressive than others. I had 2 red tails and 3 rainbow in the same tank. The red tails were killing off the rainbows one by one (The rainbows were quite a bit larger than the red tails). Then they picked out their territory. After that, any fish that would accidentally swim within their sapce would get attacked.
Needless to say I no longer have the red tails anymore. I can't even begin to imagine their behaviour with other agressive fish.
Now, in the 108G tank that Neil wants to get, it might not be a problem. There's a lot of space for each fish to have its own space. My only concern would be if some of the cichlids became interested in the red tail's territory.
On a slightly unrelated note. I have discovered today that it is not a good idea to put a Betta in a tank with Panda Corys. Over the course of two days, the Corys ate the Betta's tail! I would have loved to see the look on my face when I saw the two Cory's chewing away at the Betta WHILE HE WAS SWIMMING!!!! It was quite the sight

Neil,
If you haven't picked up the tank yet, consider checking out used equipment. A friend of mine just got a full 300G setup for $650Cdn. It's all in great condition. Brand-new equipment would cost more than double that.
 

Neil Joseph

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Funny thing about Demasoni's is they love to explore other fishes territories but being very aggressive themselves, it should be interesting. This is the reason I was only going to get one Red Tail for the tank.
 

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Neil,

I would change the 1 common pleco to 2 or 3 Bristlenose Plecos.

The common plecos get very large. The Bristlenose only get about 5" or 6" long and are very good at cleaning algae.

A 108 gallon will get a lot of algae built up.

Consider getting a Severum (green or gold). They are my favorite fish. They are a non-aggressive chiclid (I had 2 of the in my community tank) that is very capable of defending themselves if neccessary.
 

Neil Joseph

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The reason I got a laregr pleco is so that the Cichlids would not kill it. I don't know how much of a chance a 5" pleco would have, don't know too much about that species.
 

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Neil,

Since they are pretty much nocturnal and spend most of the day hiding it won't be a problem.
 

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Sounds to me like you guys are putting more thought into your fish than I did into mine. I just went into the store and got the biggest, brightest, and fastest tank full of fish that could be had with $25. They're all still alive and they are so aggressive they damn near jump out of the tank when feeding time comes around so I think I made some good choices.
 

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I think you set up is cool. I guess you'll have to see how the cichlids get along. I had cichlids before and those suckers are like mini-Jaws. All they want to do is fight and kill other fish. If I were you I'd probably only go with 8-10 cichlids as I hear that 1 cichlid per 10 gallons is good. You probably know already, but getting ciclids the same size are good. My problem was I got a slight larger one than the others, and would eat all the food and kill the 4 other fish of mine. I hear fast swimming group fish (like 5-10+) are good distraction too to keep peace in the tank.
 

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