Stocking In A 55 Gallon

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    FishManiak18New MemberMember

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    Hey all, so I have recently set up my 55 gallon and wanted to get an idea of my stock. I really wanted to incorporate both kuhli loaches and congo tetras in the tank. I also dont want a tank that is too planted (lots of aggression). Just a simple aquascape, I know I am asking a lot but any advice is much appreciated from someone a little more experienced than me. Thanks!
     
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    Sounds like a great start. However I’m not really seeing a question in the post.
     
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    I was wondering what kinds of other fish might do well with them.
     
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    Congo’s get to be pretty beefy so any midsize fish would do well like angels, pearl gourami there’s a lot of options. What kind of fish have you been looking into?
     
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    I have been looking into some dwarf cichlids, would they work? And what kind of numbers should I start with for the two schools?
     
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    I would say 7 of the congo tetras first, after your tank is cycled, after abt 1 months then add 7 of the kuhli loaches
     
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    Some rainbow fish can do well
     
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    Then perhaps add your center piece fish and wait about a week or two before finishing up the stocking by increasing the size of both schools
     
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    Dwarf cichlids are awsome but the khulis may get terrorized. Like @Latrell said a few rainbows like bosmani or turquoise could work too.
     
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    I agree that dwarf cichlids will probably terrorize the khuli loaches. I finally went with angel fish as they are really peaceful for cichlids. But they can get big. So keep their final size in mind when stocking.
     
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    What dwarf cichlids were you looking for? I dont agree that they would all terrorise the kuhlis. There are different types of different temperaments. My bolivian rams for instance don't bother other fish in their tank. What temp is the tank?

    Cichlids like rams do need cover to block line of sight between each other. If you have two there should be areas of the tank they can be without seeing one another. Multiple territory locations are needed. They can get into little fights but it amounts to nothing. They are incredibly peaceful.
     
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    I was personally looking into apistos I thought it would be cool to put a pair of them in. But I also liked the idea of a few rainbows. Dont they need yo be in schools though?
     
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    Raionbows would like to be in groups yes. Apistos would likely work too. Which species were you looking at? Apistos would like cover too though. And caves.
     
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    Think I might go with rainbows, would bosemani's work with just a few? Could i put in a larger group? I wanted fish that dont neccesarilly hide and need caves/ cover. (Even though some will be provided) Thanks!
     
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    I'm not a rainbow guy so I'll leave that to someone that knows them better.

    When I say apistogramma need caves and cover, I don't mean they hide the whole time. They are out and about mostly. But they have their own territories and like places where they can chill without seeing one another. So it's best to have decor to block line of sight, not because they hide. The caves are there so they feel comfortable when breeding (which they will do if you have a pair).
     
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    Oh, ok. I think I still might go with rainbows just because I want to have an open tank. With decor on the bottom, sides and back. I have a 20 gallon that is planted and wanted to try an open scape for my 55. Thanks though.
     
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