55 Gallon (slow) Build

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I bought a new 55 gallon tank and started the build this weekend. It will be a slow one, as I can only dedicate major time on the weekends.

Started with the tank stand frame yesterday and will wrap and stain it next weekend.

Only things that are certain so far are the tank, fluval 406 filter and black background.

Everything else is up in the air including the stocking and plants!

Suggestions are more than welcome. I have harlequin rasboras, Angelfish, lamp eyes and a gbr in another tank so I want to change it up.

Here's the stand frame. I will update pics as I go (slowly)!

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(looks like this might be my own personal log)

Started to wrap the sides, top and bottom shelf in plywood.

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wow, that looks amazing! Is plywood strong enough for the tank? and have you decided on stocking?
 
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Plywood probably isn't even needed. All the weight will be dispersed on the 2x4's.

No ideas on stocking! Would love some opinions!
 

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Looks great! Takes me back to when I built my stand for my 75. Was a very rewarding process

What kind of fish are you wanting? Any that strike your fancy?
 
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Thanks tyguy. I'm thinking cichlids, not sure if 55g is quite enough for them and I do love a community tank. I have a 46 g community tank with tetras rasboras, cories, clown pleco x2, Angelfish, gbr. Looking to change it up a bit. Maybe barbs?
 

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Thanks tyguy. I'm thinking cichlids, not sure if 55g is quite enough for them and I do love a community tank. I have a 46 g community tank with tetras rasboras, cories, clown pleco x2, Angelfish, gbr. Looking to change it up a bit. Maybe barbs?
You could try some kuhli loaches, angels, of if you are brave enough, a sorrority?
 

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american or african? Any kind of cichlids strike your fancy? you have a lot of options in a 55. Would you like a large singular fish with dithers and bottom dwellers all around or a few medium sized fish with dithers and such?

Here's a couple ideas...

1 Blood Parrot/EB Jack Dempsey
3-5 Marbled Hoplo Cats/12-15 Aeneus cory Cats/3 multipunctatus synos
8 Lemon Tetras
8 Diamond Tetras

2 Sajica/EB Acara
2 Rainbow Cichlids
10 Cherry Barbs
10 Harlequin Rasboras
3-5 Marbled Hoplo Cats/12-15 Aeneus cory Cats/3 multipunctatus synos
 
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american or african? Any kind of cichlids strike your fancy? you have a lot of options in a 55. Would you like a large singular fish with dithers and bottom dwellers all around or a few medium sized fish with dithers and such?

Here's a couple ideas...

1 Blood Parrot/EB Jack Dempsey
3-5 Marbled Hoplo Cats/12-15 Aeneus cory Cats/3 multipunctatus synos
8 Lemon Tetras
8 Diamond Tetras

2 Sajica/EB Acara
2 Rainbow Cichlids
10 Cherry Barbs
10 Harlequin Rasboras
3-5 Marbled Hoplo Cats/12-15 Aeneus cory Cats/3 multipunctatus synos
Great questions.

I'm leaning towards a few medium + dithers. Just starting research on cichlids so have no real preference on region. I do love the look/colors of Africans but also think you had great American suggestions in your post.

I'm in no major rush as I have another 5g and 10g build going on at the same time.

Will browse the forum and Google for some cichlid advice.

Thanks tyguy! Love those lists
 
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Are you going to paint it?
Yes, far from finished right now. I'm going to add a front panel with cabinets and will stain the stand. Not sure on color yet. Probably black or a weathered gray stain.
 

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You'll have to do a bit of research. Pictus will need to be in groups and I believe they get a bit larger than the marbled hoplos. And if I'm not mistaken they can be predatory so I wouldn't feel safe putting small fish like rasboras and cherry barbs in there with them. But you may want to check on that. seriouslyfish would be a good starting point.
 
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Alright so I added some minor trim work to spruce it up a bit. Also made the cabinet doors and trimmed them as well. Rain kept me from staining today, hopefully can get to it tomorrow.

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Got one coat of stain on today. Think I'm gonna leave it just like this, I'm liking the worn look. Might add a water resistant poly.

Next I will attach the doors and add the hardware.

It's getting there!

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Thanks Neptune and herkimur. I was nervous that it'd be too light but think it came out great.
 
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