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thinking of firemouths, how would you setup a 30?

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so i have a 30 (36x12) just sitting around that i was thinking of housing some firemouths but being that its on the small side how would you guys go about setting one up. i was planning on a couple peices of driftwood a few scattered rocks maybe 1 pile and sand. maybe a sword or 2 but nothing crazy. any recommendations? pics of FM tanks would be great....

also how would you suggest stocking it? i was thinking of "a pair" but its not like they sell em in 2 packs ya know? should i get maybe 4 and see what happens? just buy 2 and hope for the best? from what *** read they are real hard to sex early on. given the limited space theres no room for multiple territories.

other thoughts were blue acaras (obviously instead of the firemouths), both of these fish match my water chemistry real well. in either case i was looking to get hopefully a breeding pair going to keep longterm in the 30 but i am also considering something along the lines of a 180 down the road for a mixed CA/SA tank that i could certainly see either firemouths or blue acaras in.

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jcushing said:
so i have a 30 (36x12) just sitting around
AU Chief said:
I've had 3 for almost a year and JUST now had them pair off and I couldn't imagine them at the size they are now with all three in my 29 that I have
wich is why i was wondering how well the "get a bunch and wait till they pair off" method would work in a 30, i would imagine that after a year they are roughly 5" or so with some "personality" to them?
anyone else? i was looking for good ideas of tank setups too....
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