Approve This Stock List for 50 Gallon

Bellusion

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My family and I sat down and together made a stock list for our new tank.

- 50 Gallon
- Sand Substrate
- Hydrosponge II & Tetra Whisper 60 (I could upgrade the sponge filter)
- Very, very lightly planted - right now just java moss, will try to add others but I can't keep much alive
- Decorations, fake plants, etc.

1x Dwarf Gourami
10x Diamond Tetras
6x Corys (aeneus)
6x Guppy
6x Platys (panda platys specifically, if it matters. My daughter's choice)
8x Cherry Barbs
4x Nerite Snails
??x Red Cherry Shrimp (we have probably 20-25 right now)
2x Mystery Snails
2x Vampire Shrimps (?? I have no idea if we can even find these, my husband wants them)

The guppies, nerite snails, 8 of the diamond tetras, and RCS are kind of non-negotiable since we already own them (we are dismantling other tanks when this is set up and cycled).

Any problems? Any suggestions to make a peaceful, beautiful tank?

Update: No platys, no problem with that. Will research filters further.
 

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I'll let Anders247 answer your stocking questions. But I would suggest that you get a canister filter for your tank. For what you plan on stocking, a canister will be better.
 

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For filtration wise you want to have 8-10x the gph of the size tank. I believe the Tetra Whisper is too small for this tank especially with your stocking. As for the stocking you have too many fish. What are the dimension of the tank? I suggest you choose between the guppies and platies and what every you choose yo should bring it down to 3. Guppies and platies are schooling or shoaling fish. Thus you should have this:
1x Dwarf Gourami
10x Diamond Tetras
8x Corys (aeneus)
3x Guppy or Platys
8x Cherry Barbs
4x Nerite Snails
Red Cherry Shrimp
2x Mystery Snails
2x Vampire Shrimp
 

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ssschultz said:
If they schooling don't they need to be in groups of six?
All the ones that are schooling are in 8+. If your talking about the platy and guppies, those are not schooling fish
 
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I've talked my husband out of the vampire shrimp, I don't even know where we would get them from anyway.

And I have no problem not getting platys, I didn't want them anyway.

I have 6 guppys already, but it's going to take ages to get the tank stocked anyway since we do it slowly, so I just won't replace them if they die. Everyone in my house likes Al913's revised stocking list so thanks!

About filtration - I have another Tetra Whisper 60. Could I just add that instead of buying a new filter?
 
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Oh, dimensions are about 18 in wide, 36 in long, 19 tall. About.. I'm bad at measuring, but I think it's a standard 50 gallon.
 

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Bellusion said:
About filtration - I have another Tetra Whisper 60. Could I just add that instead of buying a new filter?
Yes that will work!
 

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