Change of Plans... 55 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by pinksprklmonkey, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. p

    pinksprklmonkey Valued Member Member

    Ok so originally my 55 was going to be a cichlid tank, however after much consideration I decided I should go with something easier (ie less aggressive) until I understand all the other things involved with community tanks first. Soooo...

    This was what I was originally going to put together in a smaller tank which was a 30 gallon (but now is going in my 55):

    cherry barbs, lemon tetras and german blue rams, and it will have live plants.

    Here's the question, what else could I put in there since it is going to be able to have more fish? I was thinking possibly an Angel or two, or maybe some Silver Dollars? I was also looking at the Rosy Barbs, guppies and Cardinal Tetras. I'm looking to have decent sized schools of any of the schooling fish (at least 5 or 6).

    I kinda want at least one decent sized fish, since my biggest fish is the ram at 3 inches.

    I'm open to suggestions! Thanks! :;fb
     
  2. peacemaker92

    peacemaker92 Well Known Member Member

    Hi.

    How many of those fish in your stocking list are you planning to put in your 55? IMO, Cardinal tetras sound nice, a school of 6 of em'. And then lastly one Angel will be good in your tank. I'm not so sure about your ram so better to wait for more input about that from other members :) Best of luck! :;hf
     
  3. OP
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    pinksprklmonkey Valued Member Member

    I was thinking maybe:

    6 cherry barbs
    5 or 6 lemon tetras
    4 german blue rams

    All in the appropriate gender ratios.
     
  4. Jaysee

    Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    Good for you for not going crazy with your numbers. 6 cherry barbs would get lost in a 55. I just moved my 11 from a 20 gallon to a 29, and the 29 looks empty. 6 would be good to start with, but ultimately I think you're going to need around 15 to make the school stand out. Same goes for the tetras. I wouldn't do more than 4 rams, and I'd add them last to give your tank enough time to stabilize.

    IME, barbs are best kept 1m:1f - The males are not the only ones who compete for breeding rights.
     
  5. OP
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    pinksprklmonkey Valued Member Member

    Ok, so bigger schools, thanks! So the Cardinal Tetras would work with the Angel? They won't nip the Angel's fins? I just don't want aggression causing any of the fish stress. I really like Cardinals though... is there much a difference between then and Neons? I know Cardinals are a little bigger.

    Thanks!
     
  6. platy ben

    platy ben Well Known Member Member

    I wouldn't suggest 4 rams incase you get a pair or 2, then your tank could become a war zone.
     
  7. OP
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    pinksprklmonkey Valued Member Member

    If I got all female would the rams be alright?
     
  8. platy ben

    platy ben Well Known Member Member

    Yeh that would be okay :)
     




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