55 Gal Aquarium Build

Jvs46

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hI everyone, I recently posted about a 65gal tank but unfortunately I didn’t get that one but I am picking up a 55gal this weekend!

I’m going to be grabbing stuff slowly as I am on a budget but I have looked at things and this is what I was thinking
-Marineland emperor 400 filter( can’t afford canister filter)
-EheI'm 200w heater
-EheI'm 200 air pump, 2air stones on either side of tank
-sand substrate
-fake plants plus a couple real, never done real ones and lots of hiding spaces
Question- will this equipment be good??

Currently I have a 20 gallon w/1 Pleco(3”)1 angel(med size) 3 golden barbs(decent size) and 2 tinfoil barbs, I have had these fish almost 2.5 years and they grew up together

Obviously I want more fish but I don’t know if it’s too much or not
1- blue ram(a must, this is y I switched to a bigger tank)
3-pearl GouramI
12-rummynose tetras
8-Cory
And I’m looking at a keyhole cichlid but not sure if that is too big or not or a diff peaceful cichlid or pair,

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated but no breeding pair cichlids, I don’t have the knowledge to know what to do as these are my first(minus the angel) and I don’t wanna get on over my head

Thanks
 

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Sorry to rain on your parade but everything on the list seems to look fine except for the ram, they like warm water, a Bolivian ram will work better, and they are more interactive as well.
 
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Sorry I meant to put German blue ram but I could also do Bolivian ram as well
 

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Maybe instead of airstones, why not stick a couple of these in the corners? They look cool, accomplish the same thing as the air stones, and will give you quite a bit more filtration to make up for not having the canister you wanted. Oh, and they're super cheap!




edit: they actually make some specific for corners too
 

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Jvs46 said:
Sorry I meant to put German blue ram but I could also do Bolivian ram as well
No the German blue rams need warm water, they still wouldn’t work.
 
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Cool I never heard of those before but I will definitely use it

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No the German blue rams need warm water, they still wouldn’t work.
I thought the temp for gbr is 72-79 which is what the other fish need
 

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Jvs46 said:
Cool I never heard of those before but I will definitely use it



I thought the temp for gbr is 72-79 which is what the other fish need
It’s actually 78-85 but preferably around 80, you can try, but mine didn’t live long in 78. But who knows, yours might work better. If not try Bolivians
 

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Have you thought ab shelldwellers? They’re a little bit harder to find but won’t put much on your bioload
 
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I’ll take a look a around, I have a few aquarium wholesale fish suppliers near me
 

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