SEEKING ADVICE: New Tank (Fish Suggestions and Setup)

SpookyBat

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Hi everyone! 🐟 🐠

Since all of you are very knowledgeable, any and all help is appreciated.
The tank is a roughly 43 gallon eurobraced acrylic (48in L X 13in W X 16in H). Planning to upgrade in the future, for larger fish.

I have a sump setup, but I need advice on a lighting/heating setup, bacteria starters, and substrate.
I decided on red garnet sand, but I want to make sure that I buy the correct grit and from a reputable seller. I have read that sandblaster 30/40 grit is best. I am currently looking at Barton.

For fish, I would love to get a gar, but I'm guessing this tank isn't large enough?
If anyone has any suggestions on interesting exotic fish... I would love to hear. My other option was to get angelfish (or discus).

Thanks!
 
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Hendre

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Welcome to MFK! Not too sure on the sands, but the tank is definitely too small for Gar and Discus, angelfish are a maybe. I have not kept them so can't give you a definitive answer but most people prefer having a taller (18-20"+) tank for angels. Your width is a little limiting for some other fish, but plenty that could work! What are your interests? :D
 

Fishnerd360

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Angelfish would work, but they would prefer a taller tank as through my experience they don’t like to be towards the bottom. Blue acaras and a school of tetras could work also.
 

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welcome and good luck!
 

SpookyBat

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Welcome to MFK! Not too sure on the sands, but the tank is definitely too small for Gar and Discus, angelfish are a maybe. I have not kept them so can't give you a definitive answer but most people prefer having a taller (18-20"+) tank for angels. Your width is a little limiting for some other fish, but plenty that could work! What are your interests? :D
Thanks, it's nice to meet you! Yea for now, I'll probably end up at least getting a pair of angels and a redtail shark. Unfortunately, this tank isn't large enough for a Black Ghost Knifefish, a Gar, or an Arowana... which I would LOVE to own. One day I plan to get a much larger aquarium so I can get some larger species of fish. I've had all sorts of fish in the past like discus and angels. I'm also into reptiles. I'm excited to be getting back into fish again. 🐠
 

Hendre

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Thanks, it's nice to meet you! Yea for now, I'll probably end up at least getting a pair of angels and a redtail shark. Unfortunately, this tank isn't large enough for a Black Ghost Knifefish, a Gar, or an Arowana... which I would LOVE to own. One day I plan to get a much larger aquarium so I can get some larger species of fish. I've had all sorts of fish in the past like discus and angels. I'm also into reptiles. I'm excited to be getting back into fish again. 🐠
Good to plan it out nicely. If you can find them, smaller rainbowfish species would make for a vibrant display!
 

Shark75

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As much as I think Red-tailed Sharks are a cool fish they really can become a PITA. I wouldn't personally keep them with Angels but like pretty much anything in this hobby it could work, just be aware. What could work better with the RTS is a Firemouth Cichlid. They are definitely tough enough to not be harassed but also usually not too aggressive either. Note I said usually. Have those two fish and find a hardy schooling fish to go with them. Could have giant danios, Buenos aires tetra, tiger barbs etc. Good luck with whatever you decide!
 
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