Stocking For A 55 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Ruby_house, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. Ruby_houseValued MemberMember

    Iv'e been pretty indecisive on how im going to stock a future 55 gallon planted tank and i was wondering if this stocking would work?

    • 12 cherry babrs
    • 10 diamond tetras
    • 3 honey gouramis
    • 1 angelfish
    • 1 nerite snail
    • 5-6 oto catfish
    If the stocking is okay could i add anything else to it? like a school of cory cats, a pair of dwarf cichilds or anything else?
  2. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    I would get an even number of angels to curb their aggression.
  3. Ruby_houseValued MemberMember

    the only thing is that they only seem to sell small angelfish where i live so i wouldnt be able to sex them 100%
  4. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Do you have a good LFS, or a chain like PetCo or PetSmart?
  5. Ruby_houseValued MemberMember

    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
  6. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

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

    Would you have any suggestions for a centerpiece fish?
  8. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    I've personally been into dwarf cichlids lately. GBR, Bolivian Ram, Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid, Umbrella Dwarf Cichlid come to mind.
  9. Ruby_houseValued MemberMember

    Id love to have GBR but im a little fearful of getting them due how fragile they can be.. id have to look around for the others
  10. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    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.
  11. clk89Fishlore VIPMember

    Angel fish can do perfectly fine without another angel fish. In fact a pair of angel fish 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.
  12. Ruby_houseValued MemberMember

    So if i were to get a single angelfish he/she would be fine with the rest of the fish in the community?
  13. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    If the angel thinks it can eat something, it will try to.
  14. Ruby_houseValued MemberMember

    but pretty much all the fish in the tank will be around 2 inches would that still cause a problem?
  15. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    I doubt it. Maybe the otocinclus, but I REALLY doubt it.
  16. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

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

    yeah im gonna be keeping the shrimp in the smaller tank, would you have any recomendations to what i could add to the stocking i listed?
  18. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    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.
  19. Ruby_houseValued MemberMember

    if i do add male platies how many do you think i could add 3-4?
  20. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    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.