Help Me Choose How To Stock It

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Hawklady, Apr 14, 2018.


Which tank would you do?

Poll closed Apr 28, 2018.
  1. Chock full o' color

    7 vote(s)
  2. Mad science experiment

    3 vote(s)
  1. Hawklady

    HawkladyNew MemberMember

    Hello everyone! I'm stocking a 55 gal tank (in the process of setting it up so, plenty of time to decide).

    This is my very first aquarium so I have done a ton of research. My original idea was to make a super colorful tank that would be fun for my kids.

    However, the more I researched the more I became drawn to an idea that will be the total opposite of my original plan.

    So, let me know what you think. Any other advice is totally welcome too.

    Tank 1: "chock full o' color"

    6x emerald green cory
    10x cherry shrimp
    20x cardinal tetra
    6x various guppies

    Tank 2: "mad science experiment"

    6x three lined cory
    7x Indian glassfish
    5x upside down catfish
  2. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    Both stocking lists look fine to me, but I personally like the idea of number one.
    Go with what you feel is best!
  3. trash.binh91

    trash.binh91Valued MemberMember

    Number two is more interesting, but I also like one
  4. OP

    HawkladyNew MemberMember

    Thanks for the responses!

    Honestly, I'm thinking with my tax refund next year I might just do whatever one I don't do now because I love both and really can't decide.

    So I figured, why not ask the internet what they think?
  5. trash.binh91

    trash.binh91Valued MemberMember

    maybe you could do one, then if you have enough money later, you could do the other
  6. seth rodgers

    seth rodgersValued MemberMember

    I would do one. Even though two has more interesting species you don't see everyday, one will be more colorful schooling fish which will look very cool swimming around with their bright vibrant colors.

    What size tank?
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  7. OP

    HawkladyNew MemberMember

    55 gallon. It's not the typical dimensions though. It's 36 long and deeper than typical.
  8. seth rodgers

    seth rodgersValued MemberMember

    Yeah i would definitely say one
  9. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I just thought you might want to go with option number one because it's got a bit more fish and more activity.
  10. OP

    HawkladyNew MemberMember

    Thanks for all the awesome feedback everyone!
  11. shutterbug13

    shutterbug13Well Known MemberMember

    I would do number one. You can bump the corys up to ten to twelve if you want to, they will appreciate the larger numbers.
  12. OP

    HawkladyNew MemberMember

    I'm a bit worried about my cory choice. I may have to choose a different species because finding even 6 emeralds may prove difficult and I know they won't like any less than that.

    Will they care if they are the same species cory? Can I mix and match or should I stay same species for them? I know I read tetra won't school as well unless I stay with one kind.
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  13. seth rodgers

    seth rodgersValued MemberMember

    It is better to get the same species but if not it should be fine
  14. shutterbug13

    shutterbug13Well Known MemberMember

    Corys also need large groups of single species. Other temperature compatible option are sterbai or bronze corys.
  15. OP

    HawkladyNew MemberMember

    Thank you for the heads up. I'm on a waiting list to be emailed if emeralds come in but warned that when they do come in it may not be six, which worried me. Will check out a few other places.

    Again, I'm in no rush to stock it. I know Cardinals require drip acclimation and such. Figured I would start with guppies if I went this route and then start to add slowly from my other choices to avoid a nitrogen spike.

    Am worried about the cardials a bit too as none of my LPS have them. I'd have to order from liveaquaria. Having to pay for overnight ship, I'd probably be inclined to want to get all 20 at once... would that be too much to add to the tank at one time?
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