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More loaches for sure. They do best in big groups.

I'd personally avoid the tiger barbs. I picture them harassing the apistos.
 
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Ok. Like 5 loaches? More of anythign else?
 

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Ok. Like 5 loaches? More of anythign else?
Id say more like 6-8 loaches total.

What temperature are you keeping the tank at? Apistos like nice warm water. Like 80-84f. The tiger barbs and the loaches...they prefer mid 70s.

Is this list the current stock or the proposed stock? If it is only the proposed stock, I personally think you should decide which fish you want most and stock around them. If it is the apistos...then get other warmer water fish. If it is the barbs and loaches, then get other fish that like mid 70s. :)

That's my best suggestion.
 
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Id say more like 6-8 loaches total.

What temperature are you keeping the tank at? Apistos like nice warm water. Like 80-84f. The tiger barbs and the loaches...they prefer mid 70s.

Is this list the current stock or the proposed stock? If it is only the proposed stock, I personally think you should decide which fish you want most and stock around them. If it is the apistos...then get other warmer water fish. If it is the barbs and loaches, then get other fish that like mid 70s. :)

That's my best suggestion.
This is a proposed. I am still cycling my tank. I keeping it around 76-78
 

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This is a proposed. I am still cycling my tank. I keeping it around 76-78
I'd skip the apistos then personally.
 

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I like the Tiger/Zebra combo and in a 55 it should work well.
I agree with increasing the number of loaches, I currently only have 2 and I see them occasionally I'm hopeful the 3 i'm getting tomorrow will encourage them out a bit more. They are currently in a 33 gallon with 9 Tigers and a Dwarf Gourami.
I was trying out the DG with the barbs as I was forced to move around my stock. It's going well so far, fins are intact, he's not shy and he feeding, all good.

My suggestion would be:
15 Tiger Barbs
6-8 Zebra loaches
I don't know enough about halfbeaks, I read that 3 females should be kept for every 1 male.
 
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Ok, I really like the apistos so I think I'm going to go for a more peaceful tetra/barb/rasbora instead of the tigers. Keep the loachs and apistos. 5 loaches, 2-3 male apisots, and a school of soething with maybe a top dweller.
 
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Ok, I really like the apistos so I think I'm going to go for a more peaceful tetra/barb/rasbora instead of the tigers. Keep the loachs and apistos. 5 loaches, 2-3 male apisots, and a school of soething with maybe a top dweller.
What if I replace the apistos with a Geophagus Tapajo or Rams?
 
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No, I think a Blue Acara would be better. As long as he is fine with the loaches.
 

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No, I think a Blue Acara would be better. As long as he is fine with the loaches.
Blue Acara should be fine with the loaches they're quite an easy going cichlid. Water quality is a must, they eat mostly protein so water can deteriorate fast. Your filtration is good tho so as long as you keep up with water changes you should be ok.
 
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Blue Acara should be fine with the loaches they're quite an easy going cichlid. Water quality is a must, they eat mostly protein so water can deteriorate fast. Your filtration is good tho so as long as you keep up with water changes you should be ok.
Well now ive beeb thinking the blur acara may be too big. Maybe a Kribensis cichlid would work. They like the same temps as other fish and don't grt too big. 2 males or 2 females? With 5 loaches and 25 tetras or 15 barbs
 

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Well now ive beeb thinking the blur acara may be too big. Maybe a Kribensis cichlid would work. They like the same temps as other fish and don't grt too big. 2 males or 2 females? With 5 loaches and 25 tetras or 15 barbs
Couldn't tell you about Kribs but you could definitely keep Blue Acara in a 55 as well as your loaches and tetra or barbs.
 
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And you don't think he would look too big? I don't want it to look like hes trapped in a tank ya know?
 

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And you don't think he would look too big? I don't want it to look like hes trapped in a tank ya know?
No, they only grow around 6 or so inches, I've currently got 3 in a 52 with a Opaline Gourami, a DelhezI Bichir and there's plenty of room for a shoal of 5 Columbian Tetra i'm adding once they grow a bit.
 
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No, they only grow around 6 or so inches, I've currently got 3 in a 52 with a Opaline Gourami, a DelhezI Bichir and there's plenty of room for a shoal of 5 Columbian Tetra i'm adding once they grow a bit.
R they full grown? If so can I have a pic? And BTW tanks a lot, you've been a big help.
 

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R they full grown? If so can I have a pic? And BTW tanks a lot, you've been a big help.
One is about 5 and a half inches, I bought him as an adult the others are under 4.
Sorry no way to get a pic atm I don't own a mobile.
The GouramI and Bichir are both over 5 inches and the aquarium still seems a bit spacious. If you want an Acara you won't regret it they are full of personality, once they're used to you you'll be able to feed them out of your hand and they're absolutely stunning.

Btw was that a pun or a typo? Either way my pulcher....
 

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One is about 5 and a half inches, I bought him as an adult the others are under 4.
Sorry no way to get a pic atm I don't own a mobile.
The GouramI and Bichir are both over 5 inches and the aquarium still seems a bit spacious. If you want an Acara you won't regret it they are full of personality, once they're used to you you'll be able to feed them out of your hand and they're absolutely stunning.

Btw was that a pun or a typo? Either way my pulcher....
He wouldn't turn when I took this.
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Lol. Thanks a lot. I think I'll go with an acara. The loaches, and a schooling fish. Maybe a halfbeak or 2 BC I think they r awesome.
 

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