Stocking For A 55 Gallon Tank

MattS99

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I would get an even number of angels to curb their aggression.
 
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Ruby_house

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MattS99 said:
I would get an even number of angels to curb their aggression.
the only thing is that they only seem to sell small angelfish where I live so I wouldnt be able to sex them 100%
 

MattS99

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Do you have a good LFS, or a chain like PetCo or PetSmart?
 
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Ruby_house

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MattS99 said:
Do you have a good LFS, or a chain like PetCo or PetSmart?
I have a good LFS and a couple chain petstores around, if I got a pair wouldnt breeding cause aggression? and I wouldnt know what to do with the babies
 

MattS99

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Breeding probably would, I assume. If you're so worried about angels, why not just get something else?
 
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Ruby_house

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MattS99 said:
Breeding probably would, I assume. If you're so worried about angels, why not just get something else?
Would you have any suggestions for a centerpiece fish?
 

MattS99

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Ruby_house said:
Would you have any suggestions for a centerpiece fish?
I've personally been into dwarf cichlids lately. GBR, Bolivian Ram, Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid, Umbrella Dwarf Cichlid come to mind.
 
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Ruby_house

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MattS99 said:
I've personally been into dwarf cichlids lately. GBR, Bolivian Ram, Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid, Umbrella Dwarf Cichlid come to mind.
Id love to have GBR but I'm a little fearful of getting them due how fragile they can be.. id have to look around for the others
 

MattS99

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Bolivian Rams are pretty similar. I think they look better than GBRs and are a lot less fragile. I'm considering adding one to my community.
 

clk89

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Angel fish can do perfectly fine without another angel fish. In fact a pair of angelfish can at times be aggressive in a community tank due to breeding.

PS: I am also going to tag TexasDomer for you who is pretty good at stocking.
 
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Ruby_house

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clk89 said:
Angel fish can do perfectly fine without another angel fish. In fact a pair of angelfish can at times be aggressive in a community tank due to breeding.
So if I were to get a single angelfish he/she would be fine with the rest of the fish in the community?
 

MattS99

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Ruby_house said:
So if I were to get a single angelfish he/she would be fine with the rest of the fish in the community?
If the angel thinks it can eat something, it will try to.
 
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Ruby_house

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MattS99 said:
If the angel thinks it can eat something, it will try to.
but pretty much all the fish in the tank will be around 2 inches would that still cause a problem?
 

MattS99

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I doubt it. Maybe the otocinclus, but I REALLY doubt it.
 

Anders247

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The stock is fine, but I'm pretty sure the shrimp will be eaten. Plus, you can fit more than what you have listed.
 
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Ruby_house

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Anders247 said:
The stock is fine, but I'm pretty sure the shrimp will be eaten. Plus, you can fit more than what you have listed.
yeah I'm gonna be keeping the shrimp in the smaller tank, would you have any recomendations to what I could add to the stocking I listed?
 

MattS99

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Ruby_house said:
yeah I'm gonna be keeping the shrimp in the smaller tank, would you have any recomendations to what I could add to the stocking I listed?
Anders will have to check me on this, but maybe a few platys? Could do all male if you don't want to deal with fry. Peaceful, easy to take care of, big enough that an angel shouldn't mess with it.
 
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Ruby_house

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MattS99 said:
Anders will have to check me on this, but maybe a few platys? Could do all male if you don't want to deal with fry. Peaceful, easy to take care of, big enough that an angel shouldn't mess with it.
if I do add male platies how many do you think I could add 3-4?
 

MattS99

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Ruby_house said:
if I do add male platies how many do you think I could add 3-4?
I've found with all male livebearers, you're more successful and less aggressive with even numbers. Not to be cocky, but I do consider myself a bit of an expert on livebearers, I've had more of them than anything else.
 
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Ruby_house

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MattS99 said:
I've found with all male livebearers, you're more successful and less aggressive with even numbers. Not to be cocky, but I do consider myself a bit of an expert on livebearers, I've had more of them than anything else.
I think they're colourful and cute but if the platies end up being mixed at the store is there an easy way to sex them?
 

MattS99

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Ruby_house said:
I think they're colourful and cute but if the platies end up being mixed at the store is there an easy way to sex them?
Look at the analfin. If it's more rounded, it's female. Pointier, it's a male. Just google it, there's some great examples.
 
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Ruby_house

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MattS99 said:
Look at the analfin. If it's more rounded, it's female. Pointier, it's a male. Just google it, there's some great examples.
I went to go check and its pretty obvious so I shouldnt have too much trouble with that just to make sure I should go with 4? could I do 6 or would that be pushing it?
 

MattS99

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Ruby_house said:
I went to go check and its pretty obvious so I shouldnt have too much trouble with that just to make sure I should go with 4? could I do 6 or would that be pushing it?
4 at most.
 

Anders247

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Yeah, platies would be fine.
 

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