55 Gallon Stocking Ideas?

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    Hey! I’m looking for some stocking ideas for a potential 55 gallon I may be getting, as a solid plan might help get the parents completely on board. I would love for it to center around one Angelfish, but what would you personally put in it to finish the stocking? I would love to hear some ideas I wouldn’t normally think of/consider. Tank will be heavily planted with sand bottom.

    One idea I have myself...
    -1x Angelfish
    -2x BN Plecos
    -10x-15x Rummies
    -1x-2x GBR
    - Perhaps another school?
     
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    How bout some cory's? I love having fish who stay at different levels in my tank..it means there is always more than one level of interest ongoing any time of day. :). Have fun with your new tank! Hope we get pictures.
     
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    Yeah, I actually thought I put those on my list. Whoops! Any suggestions for a particular species? And thanks, there will be for sure. :)
     
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    I like the concept, but wouldn’t the cardinals be at risk for being eaten when the Angel matures?

    Also, for anyone to answer, would Pearl Gouramis be a possible option with this general stocking?
     
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    Best to look at which species are compatible to your other fish for temp and ph really. I have just simple black cory's (which look purple most of the time) they are hardy and lots of fun to watch. Ooo I'm excited for you! I loved the stocking decisions. :)
     
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    If you add the tetras first and let them grow a little you should be fine. Adding a younger angel helps too.
     
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    Oh woah, I’ve never seen those ones before. They are really cool looking! I’ve kept peppered and sterbai before, so maybe I’ll do one of those again.

    Ah, alright!

    Alright, is this overstocked? Any incompatibles?

    -1x Angelfish
    -3x Pearl Gourami (1m 2f)
    -2x BN Pleco (I would like to get a in demand morph and use my 36 gal to raise fry)
    -1x GBR
    -15x Rummies
    -8x Sterbai Cories

    Keyhole cichlids are also a favorite of mine, and I would be willing to switch out the Pearls and perhaps the GBR if they could work.

    Edit: continuing to do research and oh jeez, ropefish are adorable!! I’m guessing Cories with them would be a no, but I would love one.
     
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    Hm, any schooling fish suggestions to replace rummies? Need to big enough to not be a snack for an Angel.
     
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    1x Angelfish
    6x Denison Barb
    10x Rummynose
    1x GBR
    1x Ropefish
    10x Peppered Cory

    How does this look? Denison barbs get kinda big but are absolutely stunning when mature.
     
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    Ropefish will eat rummynose tetra, and attempt to eat Cory's.
     
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    Darn, I was hoping that wouldn’t be the case. Everything else alright?
     
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    Looks ok to me, although I've seen people recommend Denison Barb's should be in larger tanks since they're active swimmers.
     
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    I would skip the Denison barbs. (aka roseline sharks) They do get large, belong in groups and are very active. You already plan to have an angelfish and rummynoses and a GBR in the middle of that tank. So a group of six Denison barbs on top of all that would be too much in my opinion.

    I have always wanted them too!! They are stunning as adults. But also much larger than you'd expect. I remember seeing full sized ones for the first time and was like WOAH!!! So I feel a 55g is a bit tight for them, especially with a full community around them.

    If it were me....based on that last list I would do

    1 angelfish
    20 rummynoses (they are EXQUISITE in a nice huge school....really worth it in my opinion)
    1-2 GBRs
    10x cories (but maybe sterbai cories instead since they prefer warmer water like angels and GBRs)


    As for the rummys and the angelfish....if the angel is placed with the rummynoses as a juvenile, it will usually not end up ever thinking of them as snacks. I keep rummynoses with my angels and the only time I ever had one eaten was when I added a HUGE full sized adult male angelfish to their tank. He saw them as food immediately. But my big adults that grew up with them....no issues at all.
     
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    Alright, thanks! Perhaps I will go for the larger rummy school and cories instead. Would you say I would be fully stocked at this point, or maybe I could throw in a bristlenose or something?
     
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    For a 55g? I think you can include a BN pleco if you want. Just keep in mind they are poop machines. They are messy messy fish.
     
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    Yeah! And I’m aware lol. Thanks for the help :)
     
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    I love my albino cory’s. Very fun to watch and much hardier than the panda cats I have had.
     
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