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Thread: New to Cichlids, with 125gal tank

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    Default New to Cichlids, with 125gal tank

    I am new to Cichlids and large tanks, but I have been keeping fish for about 6 years now.

    I have gotten a 125 gallon tank with drift wood and lots of plants: 7 Amazon Swords, Chain Swords, 6 Hornwort, 6 Red Ludwiggia, 6 Narrow-Leaf Red Ludwiggia, 3 Java Fern, Java Moss with a Laterite substrate.

    I currently have just a few (dozen or so) Orange Platys and a single Neon.

    I plan on adding the following:

    6 Rams
    6 Angels
    20 Neons
    6 Cory Cats
    6 Giant Danios

    Does this sound like a good mix? Any potential problems or better suggestions.

    I really want to stick with the Ram/Angel combination as they are what originally drew me to fish keeping. This is however my first time with them.

    P.S. Do not ask about the 6s, I do not know why I fixated on that number.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Mustang, Oklahoma


    Angels eat neons, but other than that it sounds good to me. Maybe cardinals or some other larger tetra might be a better choice.
    Just being for awhile.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002


    You might look into Columbian Tetras in place of the Neons. Columbians are much bigger and will be able to handle the aggression of the Angels.

    Good Luck, and welcome to our forums.

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    OK, I got the tank delivered and setup. I still need to get the plants and CO2 injection system and will add fish later.

    I put in a couple of Amazon Swords and a few Orange Platys from an existing tank in order to start it up.

    I still plan on adding the following:

    7 Amazon Swords
    Chain Swords,
    6 Hornwort
    6 Red Ludwiggia
    6 Narrow-Leaf Red Ludwiggia
    3 Java Fern
    Java Moss

    6 Rams
    6 Angels
    12 Neons Tetras
    12 Cardinal Tetras
    6 Cory Cats
    6 Giant Danios

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    I have modified my original fish plan a little bit. I now have:

    5 Orange Platys
    6 Angels
    8 Danios
    5 Cories
    20 Neons
    7 Ottocinclus
    2 Chinese Gold Algae eaters

    I still plan on adding:
    2-4 German Rams
    6-8 Gold Barbs (to help combat the hair algae)

    Anyone see any problems with this mix. Everybody is getting along well right now and has been for the past several months.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2003


    danios may nip at the fins of the angels the neons may be a snack for angels but other than that i dont see many problems in the future

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    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Fort George G Meade, MD


    Watch the algae eaters as they age, they will annoy and/or hurt everything that comes close to 'em as they get older and establish territory. My lil 3 incher chased my 8 inch plec around the tnk till I took him out and gave him to a friend (who wants to get rid of him now lol)
    Tank Odin- 1 jewel (RIP Dusty) and a pl*c
    Tank Dva- many rainbowfish, pl*c, couple snails
    Tank Tri- green fire tetras, snail, bushy nose pl*c
    55 if I can find a good price!!
    Starting the new empire!

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    If you keep them all around the same size you MAY be able to get by. Careful w/ the rams

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    Join Date
    Jan 2004


    You'll definitely be using the neons as live food for the angels, that's from my experience the hard way. The Chinese Algae eaters will fin nip & harras most of the fish in the tank. (Unless there's something big enough to eat them in which case that problem will resolve itself naturally ) The GD's have a fin nipping rep too, my 2 gave my FM's a hard time till they went in my Barra pond, another "natural" solution found . I second the idea of using Congo's or even Red eye Tetra's, or make sure the angels stay under an inch or two, & just trade them regularly. But your call matey, just tipping you off to mistakes I've made. Good luck with the new tank mate, nothing more exciting then setting up a new tank, woohoo!

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    from my pass experience my GD's have ate my neon tetras you might want to go with a bigger tetra

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    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    in your fish tank


    I've got a tank with 2 angels and they leave the neons alone. I also have a good sized chinese algae eater in there(2.5-3") and he leaves everyone alone. he tends to stick to his side of the tank, and the pleco stays on the otherside.

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