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 Post subject: Need help with my 75 gallon
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:41 pm 
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Good morning, new here. I have a 75 gallon aquarium with a fluval 406. I have 1 frontosa, about 5 to 7 inches, I believe, and a clown loach. I want to add more fish, what can I add...could I just add 3 more clown loaches.
I also have a 30 gallon corner aquarium with a fluval 305, with a dempsey and a tinfoil barb, I also want to add more fish even if that means rehoming the dempsey and barb and going with tropical fish...
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 Post subject: Re: Need help with my 75 gallon
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Frontosa should be kept in groups. Before i knew about keeping them, I had 1 and it just sat in a cave,eventually stopped eating and I took it to my lfs and they said it would have died if i had kept it alone. They put it in with their fronts and it sprang into life. The difference was amazing! So I would suggest, get a bigger tank and more Fronts.


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Thanks for the response, my front is actually active, maybe because of the clown loach, not sure, could I just add more loaches or fronts?


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I am no expert on fronts, that was just my experience.I would wait for someone who really knows their stuff to reply to your question. There are far more experienced front keepers on here than me. I would say more fronts but someone may disagree. Good luck.


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i completely agree with mandy, but first you will need a larger tank. your current front is right at the size where a 6 foot tank is necessary. you can add more clown loaches as well once you have a larger setup. they are great with fronts ime as long as they are large enough not to be eaten. my advice would be to keep an eye on craigslist. there's usually someone who is looking to offload a large setup with lights heat filtration and everything for a steal. once you have done this you can add more fish without them beating each other up because they are too cramped on space. hope this helps

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210ocean wrote:
Good morning, new here. I have a 75 gallon aquarium with a fluval 406. I have 1 frontosa, about 5 to 7 inches, I believe, and a clown loach. I want to add more fish, what can I add...could I just add 3 more clown loaches.
I also have a 30 gallon corner aquarium with a fluval 305, with a dempsey and a tinfoil barb, I also want to add more fish even if that means rehoming the dempsey and barb and going with tropical fish...
Please help....
Thanks in advance.


I am not a fan of tinfoil barb or dempsey. You may add some fish but I would think they will not survive. Both of these fish are tough. You need to think about a larger tank as you have read the other posts. Frontosa need a large foot print with respect to the tank size. The prefer to be in group but need space to hide if they are being picked on. This is why a larger tank is needed. If you have a 5 to 7 inch frontosa now the 30 gallon he has out grown the tank. Remember he will continue to grow. Your 75 gallon tank will work great if you get 7-8 small (1-1.5 inch) frontosa and allow them to grow a year or so and then transfer to a 6 foot size tank. Hope this helps.



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There are a lot of fish that ppl have tried with fronts. In my experience...and to sum it up for you...the best tankmate for a frontosa is a frontosa. They do their best in a species only tank. It's nice to have variety and stuff...until they all die, nip your frontosa's awesome fins, steal eggs, get stuck in their mouths and kill the frontosa (it's happened) and tons of other problems. In short, the disclosure about frontosa tanks is: Best kept with other frontosa.

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