Fish Stocking/Setup

  1. jhurt18

    jhurt18 Initiate Member

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    I currently have a new 55 Gallon aquarium cycling. I need help with 2 issues. One would be that I currently have Blood Parrot Cichlid and I have no idea what to put him with. I'd prefer some colorful fish. I'd love to have some angels. I know I should get a pleco, but I'm not sure what kind. Second, how should I setup this aquarium? I have no idea what to put inside of it. Thanks for your help!
     

  2. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

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    As far as colorful tankmates Im not overly sure, theres a few that keep BP's on here that might be able to help ya with that.

    As for the pleco, I wouldnt worry about him unless your having some issues with algae or a dirty tank but usually that is from over feeding and can be easily controlled.

    As to the design, that really depends on what your looking for in a tank. There are literally thousands of pictures out there on tank designs. Do you have a general idea of what your looking for? I know that BP's need places to hide like teracota flower pots or other types of hiding places. Its really up to you on that end. I would take a look around and see if there is anything you really like. Its all personal preference in the end.
     

  3. Lexi03

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    From what I understand BPs and angels isn't an ideal mix, the bps can ram them into things and kill them. Why "should" you get a pleco? You shouldn't get any fish you don't really want.
     
  4. Wendy Lubianetsky

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    You know a kinda cool tank mate is a Bonsai Kilin Flowerhorn. I only say that because I have 2 BP with 1 Bonsai. The Bonsai is blue and purple and sets off the orange really well. They also grow to about the same size. Mine is about 2.5 inches and he is a year old. I keep them in a 60 along with an Oscar... but I do know I need to get them more space for ALL of them. I want to keep them together since they all get along so well (other than the occassional squabble). Just a thought.
     
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    jhurt18 Initiate Member

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    I say "should" because I know tanks get dirty with left over food and algae and things like that.
     
  6. Lexi03

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    Here is a list of fish I will be keeping with my bps, but my tank is larger, in a 55gal, I don't think you can fit many tank mates.

    Harlequin rasboras
    Bolivian rams
    L239 pleco
    Yoyo loaches
     
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    That's what gravel vacs and algea scrubbers are for.:)
     
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    jhurt18 Initiate Member

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    Flower pots are something that I've thought of. They seem to be cheap and very versatile. I also considered some driftwood and some plants varying in size.
     
  9. Lexi03

    Lexi03 Well Known Member Member

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    Fake plants or real ones? Bps like to dig when they get older.
     
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    jhurt18 Initiate Member

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    Fake ones.
     

  11. Lexi03

    Lexi03 Well Known Member Member

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    That sounds good then, I have terracotta pots in a few tanks too, I really like them.
     
  12. Wendy Lubianetsky

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    Mine like to play with the plants. When I tried a test plant, I couldn't keep it in the gravel. It was like a bowling ball to the BP's and other fish. So a definate no on the real plants.
     
  13. pirahnah3

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    you might be able to do some moss balls or something for real plants as they could play with them.
     

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