Quoted from sataneatscheese:
I've been having alot of fun with my shrimp tank. I've got quite a little colony going but am missing fish. I'm picking up a 125 gallon off of facebook this weekend and putting it right behind my chair in the kitchen. I want the tank somewhere I can see it. I'm planning on transferring these guys over, heavily planting it, and having a tank centered around a school of (freshwater) roseline sharks a.k.a Denison Barbs. I've always done the tiny fish of cichlids but never the larger schooling fish and those guys seem super active. I think my colony of shrimp may be large enough to survive. Some Denison Barbs, some Cory Cats, Silver Hatchetfish, Bristlenose Plecs, and maybe a couple of nicer cichlids like Apistogramas or Kribensas. The other big difference on this tank is the water temperature will be running a bit cooler, maybe 72 tops to keep the Roseline's happy, so that will determine stocking.
Well, I did it. My old tank is gone, replaced by this 125 gallon monster I picked up off of Facebook Marketplace. Came with a ton of equipment and wood. Had the last guy keep the filter wet (it was a heavily planted discus tank) so can skip some of the cycle stuff, but not all. Dropped 8 Denison barbs in (Roseline Sharks), my old plants, and some new ones to start things off. Upgraded to new LED plant lights and a new heater/extra powerhead, but otherwise leaving on the old equipment. I'm amazed at how much better all this stuff is than 15 years ago when I worked at a pet store and even just a few years ago. My shrimp are all happy in the new tank too. I'm hoping it is a large enough colony of Cardinia and Neocardinia to survive the fish. I'm going to wait a week then add in a couple of bushy nose plecos. Plan on just taking things slow. Only other big changes I'm looking at are a black background down the line to hide the cords, and maybe some CO2 for the plants, but have not decided yet.
Also... people at the fish store can't do math. There are 8 Denison Barbs in a tank labeled at 34.99 each. I'll take 6, unless you can give me a discount on all 8 for clearing out your tank. Hold on, let me go ask the manager. He says he'll do 24.99. So, instead of 6 @ 34.99 for a total of $210 I'm getting 8 and 24.99 for a total of $199.
All in all a fun hobby. I have it set up right behind my chair at the kitchen table so I can see them all the time. I'm sure I'll be selling off/trading off extra plants in no time.
Also... so much easier than saltwater, and props to my wife for being a good sport and carrying the other half of this.20230319_185539 (resized).jpg