50 Gal Stocking Questions

  1. Maricalue

    Maricalue Member Member


    I have a 50 gallons tank that I still need to repair, but I like to plan. It is 48"x12.5"x19".
    I have a Fluval 306 external filter and a Fluval U2 internal filter (actually in a 30 gallons, but I'm thinking of combining those 2 tanks in one for the moment, to only focus on one tank at a time and use the 30 gallons as quarantine/breeding/emergency tank).

    I'm thinking of this stocking:
    1. 15 cories (probably sterbai or panda, I think sterbai is more compatible temperature wise);
    2. 10 cherry barbs
    3. 10 cardinal tetras (I think they are better temperature wise than the neon tetras, right?)
    4. 4 dwarf gouramis or honey gouramis
    5. 2-3 german blue ram
    6. 1-2 angelfish
    I tried finding fish that will occupy most of the space in the tank, but also colorful fish.

    I plan on adding the cherry first, then the the cories and the tetras. After that, the gouramis. Then the GBR and finally the angelfish. Is that a good order

    I must say that I first wanted to do an south/central America tank but I love the colors of the barb and the gouramis. So, I am still open to suggestion about those fish in particular.

    As for the plants, I will use the ones I already have :
    1. Swordplant
    2. Alternanthera reineickii mini
    3. Salvinia Molesta
    4. Ludwigia Palustris
    5. Fissidens Fotanius
    I will have rocks and wood as decorations.

    So, as you can see, it is still a work in progress, but I would appreciate your advices on this. What do you guys think?

  2. Cheesearmada

    Cheesearmada Member Member

    I think it might be a little overstocked. Heres my 50 gallon list...
    1 dwarf gourami (or a male/female pair), or 3 pearl gouramis (1 male, 2 female)
    8-10 rummynose tetras or harlequin rasboras
    6 cherry barbs
    6-8 sterbai corydoras
    2-3 German, electric blue, or gold rams (you can mix and match, all the same species; 1 male plus 1 or 2 females)

  3. OP

    Maricalue Member Member

    Wow! I love the golden ram. Hope to be able to find it in a lfs! Thanks for your advice @Cheesearmada !

    So you wouldn't go with an Angelfish?

  4. Cheesearmada

    Cheesearmada Member Member

    From my experience they can get a little aggressive and if not feisty. Your choice.
  5. OP

    Maricalue Member Member

    Yeah... I go back and forth. They are so beautiful. But you're right. I'm also so sentimental.

    In another tank, at another time ;)

    Thanks again!
  6. Cheesearmada

    Cheesearmada Member Member

    No problem
  7. OP

    Maricalue Member Member

    Would you begin with the cherry barbs?

    My tank is nearly cycled. How many for my first purchase? It is my first real tank, I am a bit nervous!

    And would you suggest gold barb instead of the cherry barb?
  8. Cheesearmada

    Cheesearmada Member Member

    Gold barbs do grow larger than cherry barbs so how many cherry barbs were you intending to put in?
  9. OP

    Maricalue Member Member

    Can I go with 8 gold barb OR 10 cherry barb as a rule of thumb?
  10. Cheesearmada

    Cheesearmada Member Member

    I'd go with a minimum of 6 and max of 8

    You can always add more later if needed but removing fish is harder.
  11. OP

    Maricalue Member Member


    Oh! Another question. Would you do shrimp with that stocking? Red cherry or amano?
  12. Cheesearmada

    Cheesearmada Member Member

    I'm not familiar with shrimp so I think you should just do some research.
  13. vikingkirken

    vikingkirken Well Known Member Member

    Gold barbs need cooler temps than most of those fish.

    You could do an angel (or possibly 2) instead of the gouramis...

    Shrimp would likely be eaten, but you could try amano.
  14. OP

    Maricalue Member Member