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Hi all,

So I've unexpectedly ended up with a spare 240l tank. I'm trying to decide whether to sell it or keep it and get a large single/pair of dish with lots of personality that will interact with us.

My water hardness is 10gh, kh8, PH 7.

Amy recommendations of what I could keep in here? So far I've looked at parrot fish or Flowerhorn.
Thanks in advance. X
 

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Have a look at Severums.
 

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Those yellow ones are gorgeous ?
I have added to that story. Those fish spawned multiple times always raising a few, in the end there were 30 Severums in that 250 liter tank. I sold the whole set up. My love for Severums started when I was at high school, my University Entrance exam paper was written on the breeding behavior of Cichlids especially Severums.
 

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Rainbowfish, lots of colour, peaceful, can mix different species, easy to breed, live 3-10 years depending on species. Can identify their owner and feeder over other people.

Lots of pictures of Australian and New Guinea rainbowfishes at the following link.

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Don't get flowerhorns, they are a disgusting man made mutant.
 

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Rainbowfish, lots of colour, peaceful, can mix different species, easy to breed, live 3-10 years depending on species. Can identify their owner and feeder over other people.

Lots of pictures of Australian and New Guinea rainbowfishes at the following link.

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Don't get flowerhorns, they are a disgusting man made mutant.
You are so Australian you love your rainbows ;)
 

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You are so Australian you love your rainbows ;)
I spent 20 years specialising in them so yeah, I do have a soft spot for them. Plus it helps when you can go out into the local creek and find your own fish that are peaceful and colourful :)

I contemplated moving to New Guinea just so I could look for rainbowfish, and birds of paradise, plants, butterflies and a few other things. It wasn't the safest place at the time and some tribes still did the odd head hunting thing, so I decided not to go. Plus it was more expensive to live in the cities in PNG than it was to live in Australia. :(

You lot have some nice Galaxias in New Zealand, I'm a bit envious of that. We have a few species here but you have more. :)
 
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Rainbowfish, lots of colour, peaceful, can mix different species, easy to breed, live 3-10 years depending on species. Can identify their owner and feeder over other people.

Lots of pictures of Australian and New Guinea rainbowfishes at the following link.

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Don't get flowerhorns, they are a disgusting man made mutant.
Yeah the rainbows are a pretty fish. Years and years ago before I knew better I had a redtailed catfish. He was in a 6ft tank but I loved him. He knew us and would eat out of our hands etc and had a real personality. That's the type of thing I'd want to recreate but not with a red tail obviously.
 

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I spent 20 years specialising in them so yeah, I do have a soft spot for them. Plus it helps when you can go out into the local creek and find your own fish that are peaceful and colourful :)

I contemplated moving to New Guinea just so I could look for rainbowfish, and birds of paradise, plants, butterflies and a few other things. It wasn't the safest place at the time and some tribes still did the odd head hunting thing, so I decided not to go. Plus it was more expensive to live in the cities in PNG than it was to live in Australia. :(

You lot have some nice Galaxias in New Zealand, I'm a bit envious of that. We have a few species here but you have more. :)
"Plus it helps when you can go out into the local creek and find your own fish that are peaceful and colourful" --- that's a dream of mine, but it will never happen where I live
 

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I spent 20 years specialising in them so yeah, I do have a soft spot for them. Plus it helps when you can go out into the local creek and find your own fish that are peaceful and colourful :)

I contemplated moving to New Guinea just so I could look for rainbowfish, and birds of paradise, plants, butterflies and a few other things. It wasn't the safest place at the time and some tribes still did the odd head hunting thing, so I decided not to go. Plus it was more expensive to live in the cities in PNG than it was to live in Australia. :(

You lot have some nice Galaxias in New Zealand, I'm a bit envious of that. We have a few species here but you have more. :)
We have three species of Galaxia in our creek that runs through the bush, very special.
 

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"Plus it helps when you can go out into the local creek and find your own fish that are peaceful and colourful" --- that's a dream of mine, but it will never happen where I live
I could but would need to convert my whole house into a tank to accommodate a salmon!
 

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LOL....nothing but brackish fish around me, unless I headed up to the lakes....then I'd need a 200G tank to keep just one largemouth bass
 

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Go on a road trip to South America and collect some fish. It's just down the road from you, a long dirt road but a road none the less :)

Some of the guys in fish club drive out into the desert when it rains so they can collect fish from Lake Eyre. It's sort of in the middle of the country and is surrounded by 1000s km of desert. Other guys drive up into Cape York Peninsula to look for fish. It used to take them weeks or even months (depending on the time of year) and it was 4wd access only. Most of it has a sealed road now so more people are doing the trip. And then you get the real crazies that drive up north and have to traverse 100s of kms of corrugated pea gravel and dirt roads just to collect fish in crocodile infested waters. They shine a torch out over the water at night and count the number of red eyes looking back at them. That just scares the hell out of me.
 

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