55 Gallon Stocking - Would This Work

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    Hi all, anyone that have seen more than a few of my posts know that I have an unstocked and cycled 4ft/55g... well, it has Guppies and Ramshorn in but they can be moved to my 5g if needed. NOW ITS STOCKING TIME! but what? Originally I was going to go with a lot of small (all under 3 inch) but having a big fish or 4 wont be bad but, but as the heading asks, Would This Work?

    8 x Guppies (up to 8, only the males so that they can stop breeding)
    8 x Neon Tetra
    8 x Panda Cory
    1 x Bristlenose Pleco
    1 x Pearl Gourami
    4 x Zebra Loach
     
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    Such fun :happy:
    Zebra loach, nice.
    You have top dwellers, bottom dwellers but only one gourami in the middle? I reckon he needs a friend :)
    Mebbe a snakeskin gourami :p
     
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    The only issue I see would be with the pearl gourami. They would do better in warmer water then the rest of the fish.
     
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    what if... I only fill the tank up 2/3rds and only have a top and bottom :p hmmm... middle dwellers? wouldn't the tetra's be swarming around the middle?
    South African weather = auto warm... I've set my tank to 26C/78F a little warmer than the room temp @24C/75F. I think he'll be comfy in that?
     
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    Yea 78 will work. Sorry I'm used to room temp around 70.
     
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    Dear, dear, dear, Mr Swlws, again you are showing you are sooo devious :p
     
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    What are your water parameters? whats the PH? is your water soft or hard?

    A large school of small fish in a heavily planted tank can be stunning, Water parameters permitting you could easily have 30 or so Chilli or Dwarf Rasboras for example and if you have a sand substrate about 15 or so pygmy cories.

    I would not keep zebra loaches with a Lace gourami as they can get a bit boisterous and the Lace Gourami prefers calm.
     
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    :emoji_see_no_evil: I wish, my wife would sabotage the life giving aircon if I went that low...
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    PH 7.2, hardness 9dH and I really wanted all small but my wife showed interest in the tank and want big fish, I want a new tank soon so I'm compromising hard!
    hmmm... no to the Blue Ram but Angelfish is a good idea instead of Neons and they get along with the others rather well if I've read up well enough, will need to think on that.
     
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    Some schooling fish would work with Angel's. Just need to search around and ask some people.
     
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    I would L-O-V-E a snakeskin gourami, but I don't think they are available over here :emoji_sob:
    Dave says they don't eat fry or small fish.
    You could name her... Gretchen! :)
    Do it for me, p-lease Swlws :(
    She would be an amazing hero in your tank :emoji_trophy:

    One sole angel would be awesome too.
     
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    They get up to like 9 inches long...
     
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    not to mention that this is South Africa, if you don't have it, we don't have it... I think he's out of the question :)

    Ok back to my fist group, besides from "more in the middle", "Zebra Loaches are busy bodies" and "keep it warm" those fish co-exist? I'm guessing that all fry will be DoA but that isn't a deal breaker. and could always swap the loach for... something calmer and more middle dwelling?
     
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    Loaches are perky. From my experience they really don't stress placid fish in a sizeable tank. They just do their own thing.
    And you will never have a problem with snails.
     
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    Sounds like a neat group, i'm guessing your lack of bottom dwellers is so the shrimp can survive?
     
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    Sorry, I do have cory cats, and my shrimp are large shrimp, so no one messes with them. I have large Amano shrimp and bamboo shrimp..but my mollies and platys swim all the time at the bottom of the tank...my angels do too when there is food...lol...and the neons tend to stay close to the bottom and mid of the tank...my gourami is everywhere.
     
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