Big fishes that are ok with small fishes...

sturgeonlover

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Hey guys,
so getting back into the hobby. I have a 360 gallon that I'm looking to start putting fish into. I really want to keep a set of a 100-200 small schooling fishes (possible gold tetras) and other small bottom feeders and maybe some shrimps. What I wanted to know was... which BIG fish (vegi eaters I guess), I can keep in there that wont kill/eat everyone. Please let me know. Thank you.
 

Angelphish

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Hey guys,
so getting back into the hobby. I have a 360 gallon that I'm looking to start putting fish into. I really want to keep a set of a 100-200 small schooling fishes (possible gold tetras) and other small bottom feeders and maybe some shrimps. What I wanted to know was... which BIG fish (vegi eaters I guess), I can keep in there that wont kill/eat everyone. Please let me know. Thank you.
I've had Angelfish that devour live shrimp whole. At the point that they did that there body was about 1-1.5" in diameter. I would think anything larger than a tetra would kill those shrimp.
 

sturgeonlover

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I've had Angelfish that devour live shrimp whole. At the point that they did that there body was about 1-1.5" in diameter. I would think anything larger than a tetra would kill those shrimp.
Ouch. no shrimps. Just fish. But I really want a school of a 100-200 tetras. So what fishes would you recommend that wont kill/eat everything and grows up. Just want some large guys because they are much more entertaining.
 

Angelphish

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If you don't get shrimp, you could try Balas, Flagtails, a Blood Parrot. A smaller eel may work, like half banded spiny eel. They have lots of personality and only get 8". You could also try Angels, Firemouths, and Acaras. I would prefer an Electric Blue Acara for the color, even though they can be a little pricey. Geophagus are also good if you want your sand to look clean (if you use sand).
 

Angelphish

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It also depends on what you mean by large. The Angels only get 6" in diameter, and Acaras get about the same length. Firemouths are even smaller at 4-5". Balas on the other hand get about 12-14" and 15-16" if yours grows well. Flagtails grow around the same size.
 

asterophysus

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It's luck of the draw, but some Mbu puffers are very peaceful -- others not so much. If successful, you get one of the most personable fish out there. Generally, Discus are a good bet.
 
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