Not Sure about this stocking list

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  1. Cantra

    Cantra Plankton

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    Ok this is the stocking list that the daycare director came up with for our 150 aquarium... is it possible that it'll work?
    6 Koi Swordtails, cherry shrimp, 6 glass catfish, 4 south american leaf fish, 2 siamese algae eaters, 5 silver dollars, and 2 female betta's.
     
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  3. steve wright

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    Cantra

    Seems OK in general
    but I do have experience with some of these fish that may be of interest
    Silver Dollars tend to eat any live plants you have in the tank with them
    Chinese Algae eaters can attach themselves to the sides of any largish fish and eat the slime coating off them - the silver dollars would present themselves as ideal targets in this scenario (it doesnt always happen, but I have seen it happen with Severums and Keyhole cichlids and Chinese algae eaters)

    a plecostomus catfish may be a better option for algae eating duty , but they benefit from some additional food in the form of algae wafers or sinking algae pellets/ discs

    Steve
     
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    Steve he stated SIAMESE algae eaters not CHINESE. While you are most definitely right about the chinease algae eaters the siamese algae eaters are the best algae eaters for a tank. They consume all forms of algae and are peaceful to other fish. I have 4 in my 75 planted and they do a wonderful job. Thay have not harmed any of the plants like plecostomus can.
     
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    Thanks 2 in 10
    Yes Siamese it says - I just read it badly

    Steve
     
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    I think some are quite confused with those fish anyways. Siamses algae eaters have a solid black body stripe and colorless fins.
     
  7. Cantra

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    Ok I maybe able to talk the director out of the leaf fish because they are something that could hurt the other fish besides just young ones but I'll need something else in its place... is there anything that you know of that is still interesting looking but not so bad that it could hurt or eat most of the other fish in the tank?
    Also we won't be having any live plants in the tank so I guess the Silver Dollars would be ok? Will they try to mess with the fake plants? Also if there's a better choice that could get about the same size and still be interesting could you please tell me
     
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  9. Cantra

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    new stocking list 6 ghost catfish, 2 south american leaf fish, 2 siamese algae eaters, 5 silver dollars, 3 angel fish, 5 cory cats, 5 rainbow fish
     
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    I would research leaf fish, I do believe that they will eat smaller fish.
     
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    I think that would work
     
  12. Cantra

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    Now she wants some Kuhli Loaches to add to the tank... will you please tell me the kind of care they need and what to expect from them

    Also I was wondering how to set up hiding places for the fish... whats the best way since she wants it to look natural but doesn't want real plants, and doesn't want to add anything to the tank that looks as she would put it fake.

    she decided that she didn't want to get the silver dollars anymore