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Old 03-10-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Question Can you help me select a colorful freshwater fish?

I'm starting a new tank; 75 gallons.

I definitely want to have one (maybe two) bristlenose plecos in there. I'm trying to find a nice, colorful fish that will co-exist in my tank with the plecos.

I like the Discus fish, but when I read up on their temperature requirements, it didn't align with those of the bristlenose pleco.

Can somebody suggest a freshwater fish, that's very colorful???
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I would pick some apistogramma, like baenschi, maybe 2 or 3 pair and small dither fish like pencils, you'll spend all day watching the tank.

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Roseline sharks are nice and get to be a good size up to 6" and are peaceful colourful fish. I have 5 in my 150 gallon.

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Platies are cheap and come in all kinds of colors and breed easily enough and make new cooler colors when you mix whites, oranges, blacks, blues, greens, reds together.
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BN's can live with discus no problem
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Rainbow fishes can be extremely colourful, though the males have most of the colour, and they get on fine with plecos.

Swords and platies both come in many bright colours, but unlike the Rainbow fish, both male and female carry bright colour. They are lively, active and also live bearers, so you'll have broods of fry periodically. Though the parents will eat them if you don't separate fry from the parents, just like guppies. Also fine with plecos.

Male guppies have long been quite colourful, but now modern strain females also carry a lot of colour, both in the body and tail, much more than the old ones used to. While typically still not as bright as males, they are quite attractive, which was not the case decades ago. A group of guppies can be very, very pretty. They get on with almost any other fish that are not big enough to eat them.. plecs would be fine.
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I put about 2 dozen feeder guppies in a tank and now there is well over 100
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Default And the temperatures?

Thanks for the responses guys.

Your responses seemed to be focused around their colors & whether or not they were community fish. Will the temperature reqirements of these fish align with keeping a bristelnose pleco's temerature requiments???

I'll Google it myself again, but it's the darndest thing....I look it up (on one site) and I get one answer, look it up again (at another site) and I get a different answer.

Personally I like the discus fish, but the temperatures did not align with those of the Pleco. At least, according to the site I came across (can't remember which one; I just Googled "Discus+fish+temperature") There's a million sites out there; all giving different information.
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I keep plecos in with my Angels at a temp about 80 f with no problem. A good site for plecos and other cats is Planet catfish. All fish mentioned above are community fish. Good luck.
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