55 gallon cichlid suggestions

convict15

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I just got a 55 gallon tank but am not sure on what to stock it with. I like south/central American cichlids and would like to have a pair or two in there just not sure what kind. I would also like to have a school of maybe 10 tiger barbs. Thx
 

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In my 55 I have giant danios, gold barbs, rosy barbs, zebra loaches, a clown pleco, 2 bolivian rams and a pair of australoheros oblongums (chanchitos). I'm a HUGE fan of the chanchitos, though there are several species that fall under that common name. The oblongums are the most peaceful of the bunch. They are currently available on aquabid.

This is an old video - the stock has changed a little since then. You'll notice tiger barbs in there

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLdjpjLd1NA
 

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Even if its an old video that is awesome jaysee
If you like bigger more aggressive fish you could do firemouths, convicts, green terrors or a jack dempsey pair.
bloody parrots might be another good choice, they're pretty personable and smart too
imo a 55 is too small for oscars, its not wide enough for them to turn comfortably. its also a lil too small for severum.
Apisto are small beautiful cichlids from sa if you're going the community route. I've read that bp will do well in a community too.
with your nippy tiger barbs I personally would go with JD cichlid They are just stunning when they're adults. and smart. I had one who would come up and rub on my hand when I put it in the tank. Begging to be fed lol. he knew when a week had passed and he hadden't gotten his live treat lol. what a brat He'd start throwing fits, splashing me and staring me down, until I got him some feeder guppies or brine shrimp lol.
 
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I like the idea of larger cichlids. What would be some combination possibilities
 
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If I went a more peaceful route could I have a pair of angels, a pair of rams, a school of 15-20 neons, and 10 cories?
 
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What could replace the angelfish pair. I don't want to take any risks with fish satin other fish
 

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What could replace the angelfish pair. I don't want to take any risks with fish satin other fish
Cichlids? That may be tough. It may be easier to just remove the neons from your stocking list. If you want to keep the neons, you could do a couple gourami (pearl, 3-spot, dwarf, or moonlight).
 
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