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Stocking Review 3 months 3 weeks ago #71425

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I have asked a bunch of questions and everyone has been helpful. Below is what I am thinking for my tank. The display is about 400 gallons, 9ft long by 2.5 deep and wide. I have a 100 gallon sump with it. Tank is just about cycled so almost ready to stock.

-zebra oscar x 1
-severums x 2
-black convict x 1
-silver dollars x 6
-featherfin syno x1

What do you think? I am assuming I can do all of the fish except the oscar at once first, then add the oscar a little later?

Thanks!
Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
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Stocking Review 3 months 3 weeks ago #71426

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Be careful with the feather fin. I have kept them in the past and they are a great addition to a Cichlid tank. They are not heavily nocturnal like a lot of other catfish are, and they don't really act like a dither fish or a schooling fish which I think makes them less likely to be chased or eaten. They are active and fun to watch. However they are still physically shaped like a fish that an oscar would try to eat, and if one were to succeed, its often game over for both fish due to the hard bony pectoral ray that a lot of catfish possess as a defense. I tried it out and had success for a year or so, and I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to try it as they are awesome cats. I just want you to be informed of the possibility of the oscar eating the cat, and then likely dying from it becoming lodged in the throat/gullet.
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Stocking Review 3 months 3 weeks ago #71427

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Is that true for most cats and oscars? Or more likely with a featherfin?
Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
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Stocking Review 3 months 3 weeks ago #71428

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Catfish in general IMO with pimelodids being most likely to be targets.
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Stocking Review 3 months 2 weeks ago #71433

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If you are going with Silver Dollars, make it 8-10. You have the room, especially if you get the smaller version. I believe the striped ones are smaller than the spotted, or the other way around? They do not all get up to the 8-10in mark. Gibbiceps pleco is a cool bottom feeder. Commonly called the Sailfin. They get big but not outrageous like some commons. Big waste producer, but again, you have room. Mine is about 14ins, maybe 15yrs old. Has always lived with an Oscar, no probs.
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Stocking Review 3 months 2 weeks ago #71434

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I am still back and forth between silver dollars and your earlier reco for tinfoil barbs. If I went with the barbs, how many would you suggest? That's actually what my son wants to get.
Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
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Stocking Review 3 months 2 weeks ago #71436

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Tinfoils get far bigger than SD, but still do best in at least a small shoal. I am confident your tank could support 6. They are a big fish but not a big bodied fish if you follow. A foot long TFB would weigh probably half as much as a same sized Oscar. Therefore not the same bioload. My guy is in a 7ft tank, he crosses it in one big tail swoop. A handful in a tank like yours would be very entertaining, I can guarantee you that.
1600gals of South and Central American cichlids. Some with just a "wee" bit of attitude!
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Stocking Review 3 months 2 weeks ago #71437

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Agree with North. Had a few tinfoils with an Oscar for a few years in a 125g, and eventually sold them due to their size 10-11 inches respectively. They are active swimmers. Even more so than the SD's, and less neurotic IMO. They actually grow at a decent rate too. A cool dither that most people end up doing incorrectly.

Sometimes I think that the most stunning fish are common fish, that are kept in the correct conditions.
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Stocking Review 3 months 2 weeks ago #71439

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And the reason mine is a single is it was a rescue of sorts. Fairly common in LFS, but folks are rarely told of their size potential. I actually went to look at a Gold Severum. TFB was in the same tank, maybe a 40 breeder or something similar. I explained to the owner what she had there, and I left with both fish. 6yrs later, Flash, which btw is the perfect name for a TFB, is doing as well as he can. Never a health issue, a bit difficult to feed in a cichlid community though. Very skittish at chow time. He gets some though
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Stocking Review 3 months 2 weeks ago #71440

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Alright, I'm sold TFBs it is!
Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
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