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    Time for a change.

    Discussion in 'General Aquaria Discussion' started by dan518, Apr 16, 2018.

    1. dan518

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      I have been keeping new world cichlids continually for 15 years now and after lots of thought and a few false starts decided it's time for a change, so as of next week I will have an empty tank.
      At the moment I am back to just the one tank, 76 by 28 by 24 inch high about 215 us gal.
      Still not 100% sure on stock yet.
      Option 1 Channa pleurophthalma group of 3 to 5.
      Option 2 Hepsetus odoe with Polypterus endlicheri or delhezi.
      Option 3 hoplias spp, but at the moment malabaricus and aimara are the only ones available, aimara get way to big, mala I think would need tank mates or it could be a boring tank.
      Option 4 stick to what I know and get a amphilophus spp of some sort.
      Any ideas and opinions welcome .
       
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      I would do option 2 and leave out the delhezi and stick with an endli. Once the odoe has put on some size then introduce a hoplias mala. Consider adding a large sleeper goby. Maybe some a smaller atf, not Goliath.
       
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      I'm a cichlid guy myself, but my votes for channa pleuro.

      I always find myself keeping atleast 1 big cichlid though.

      I do like polys but I would find the pike boring same with the wolf. Atleast for a main tank. I like amphs to but it sounds like you need a big sway in another direction.
       
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      I was almost set on option 1, but if a odoe and mala would work together definitely gives me something else to think about.
       
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      It can work but the odoe will have to be fully grown. Or can just do a smaller atf with a malabaricus. That’ll work as well.
       
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      I would do the channa. That's a fish I have always wanted to keep, they are illegal in US unfortunately. I think the group dynamic would keep it interesting, and they look so damn cool.
       
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      I vote Option 2/ @kno4te@kno4te's suggestion
       
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      There's a shop near me with three 10 inch juvis in, they look good even at that size.
       
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      pleurophthalma are quite boring when large and the sheer bulk at almost 18" is surprising. Personally I sold mine as it wasn't fair imo in the old 180g. One of the big bonuses with this species is that I found them very placid which allowed me alot of choice with tankmates.
       
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      I vote #3.

      But what about some sort of piranha species?
       

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