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Ok, I think i'm going to rehome both of my oscars as I realize that I probably will not be able to get another tank and I made the desicions prematurely to get another oscar.

I was wondering with my tank setup the way it is what would be a good setup for my 55 gal? Just looking for options. I will still have the 1' Pleco arky
 

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There's a huge range of options really. Jack Dempsey, Sajica, Geophagus Balzanii, Severum & Salvini would all work as a single fish with the Pleco.

A pair of Keyholes, Firemouths, Angels, Port Acara or Jade Eyed Cichlid would probably work.

You could move right away from cichlids & go with some Rainbowfish, Congo Tetras, Giant Danios or some of the larger Barbs.

The options are almost endless. What would you like to have?
 
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Sorry for the late reply. I would love to do something unusual and something that will not outgrow the tank as I do not know when I will be able to upgrade.

I will be off from work for the next two days ;D and would like to get something resolved by then if possible
 
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I agree with Nutter's suggestions. None of them would outgrow the tank.

You could also set up an african cichlid tank, like Malawi Mbuna or something as well. 3 red zebras, 3 socolofi, 3 yellow labs, and 3 electric blue johanni would be an example. Lots of color, lots of action, no outgrowing of the tank
 

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For something really unusual you could try to find a Nandus (Nandus Nandus). They do like an aquarium with lots of plants though.
 
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I took back the oscars rearranged the tank and got several cichilids, three came from a tank the petsmart referred to as "assorted". The three are orange, black and white striped and one is albino. I also got two yellow labs, and two acai. They all seem to be getting along and are all terrified of the pleco ;D

Posted pics of one of the labs, one of the acai, the albino, and the new aquarium setup
 

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Planning on redoing it with the terra cota pots when they get bigger. Now i just have to decide what to do with my 20 tall as it now has a cycled filter running on it and has great readings. Any suggestions?
 

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Planning on redoing it with the terra cota pots when they get bigger. Now i just have to decide what to do with my 20 tall as it now has a cycled filter running on it and has great readings. Any suggestions?
20 tall, huh? Hmmm, how about 5 rummynose tetras or celestial pearl danios, 5 cories, and a keyhole cichlid or 3-spot gourami as a centerpiece?
 

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This is probably a dumb question but are angelfish to big?
No questions are dumb.

In regards to the angelfish, it depends on who you ask. I personally wouldn't keep an angelfish in anything smaller than a 29g, but others will recommend a 20g for one.

If you decide on an angelfish, my best advice would be a few cories on the bottom and consider the tank stocked. However, that's JMHO.
 
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I'm just not in to the really small fish, for whatever reason, and would love to do something unusual that will get big without overcrowding the tank (by big I mean 4-5" tops).
 

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A male Cryptoheros Sajica would work well or something along those lines.




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Got to looking around and found these

1 Baryancistrus demantoides-L200

2 Mesonauta guyanae- They get to roughly 4"

What do you think?
 

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Wow, you have great taste in plecos!

I couldn't find a lot of information on the Mesonauta guyanae, but from their natural location and everything, I think they should be fine. Hopefully, some of our other members can verify this. They're gorgeous fish!
 

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I think the Pleco would be ok, just, not so sure about the Mesonauta though. I think that they would need to be treated the exact same way as thier cousin the Festivum, which would mean a 30gal tank minimum, lots of plants & some space for swimming. They are typically very shy & easily frightened so the tank would need to be in a quite spot in your house.

I like the Sajica idea but not sure if they would really go in a 20tall. The ones I had were very very active so I think they might need more swim space. Keyholes would work. A Badis species tank would be really good.

If a cold water tank is an option then some of the smaller Sunfish might work or perhaps soem Empire Gudgeon.
 

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With the Mesonauta (they are all very close in both size and care) although most get to around 5" they are a big full 5". I wouldn't do them in a 20. Here is a pic of my pair of Mesonauta Festivus to give an idea.

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They take up a lot of space, and are a bit skittish from time to time.


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Wow those are awesome, and yeah probably won't be doing them. Looking at the keyhole option. What do you guys think about convicts?
 
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