Best community 150 gal tank

Punjabiking1500

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Ok guys I'm buying a 150 gallon aquarium
And what I want is a comment tank with few (1-4) main big fish
According to me what I thought is
2x Texas cichlid
2x parrot cichlid
6x silver dollars
1x pleco

What ideas you dudes have
 

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Are you trying to get a pair? If so I would pick one of the cichlid species and grow out a group until you get a pair. One pair will make life hell for the others. Silver dollars are good but very skittish so not the best dithers.
Why not put the oscars in the 150 and the Texas or parrots in the 100?
 

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Are you trying to get a pair? If so I would pick one of the cichlid species and grow out a group until you get a pair. One pair will make life hell for the others. Silver dollars are good but very skittish so not the best dithers.
Why not put the oscars in the 150 and the Texas or parrots in the 100?
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Put Oscar pair in 150
Have the 100 as wet pet. Solo
 

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The thing about cichlid community tanks is, some species are good in communities, some are not so good.
And it also really depends on what your tap water parameters are as to which may be successful or not.
If you have hard mineral rich tap water, shoaling Central American species like those of the genus Thorichthys and Cribroheros work nicely.
Cribroheros rostrum below.
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If you have soft mineral poor tap water one or 2 species of most of the South American Geophagines will work as a community in that size tank, with geographically correct silver dollars.
Below some Geophagines in a 150 gal
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It has been my experience that those of the genus Herichthys are not really good community species.
A pair of Herichthys alone, will commandeer an entire 150 gal tank.
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ya I totally agree with your opinions but my father wants to not add any old fish in new tank some indian belief kind thing

If Texas can be hyper aggressive can it be replaced with green terrors?
 
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I would agree that GTs are less aggressive than Herichthys, and (if I remember right) your water tends to be hard, with elevated pH.
Since GTs are from west of the Andes they tolerate harder, more alkaline conditions than many Amazonian types, so a good fit water parameter wise.
I have a close cousin to the GT, Andinoacara coerleopunctatus in my 180, using pH 8 water.
I started out with about a dozen wild caught juvies, and within about a year, the alpha pair killed all but 3 females and themselves.
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ya I totally agree with your opinions but my father wants to not add any old fish in new tank some indian belief kind thing

If Texas can be hyper aggressive can it be replaced with green terrors?
Green terrors can be just as bad. Look into regular blue acaras if you like the green terror look. If you want something green, turquoise/green severums are very pretty and change colors like a chameleon.
 

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Green terrors can be just as bad. Look into regular blue acaras if you like the green terror look. If you want something green, turquoise/green severums are very pretty and change colors like a chameleon.
Dude I want a big fish than others ( silver dollars)
 

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I would agree that GTs are less aggressive than Herichthys, and (if I remember right) your water tends to be hard, with elevated pH.
Since GTs are from west of the Andes they tolerate harder, more alkaline conditions than many Amazonian types, so a good fit water parameter wise.
I have a close cousin to the GT, Andinoacara coerleopunctatus in my 180, using pH 8 water.
I started out with about a dozen wild caught juvies, and within about a year, the alpha pair killed all but 3 females and themselves.
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Should I pic every different fishes than the parrots
So that they does not form pair?
 
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