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mishykinz

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I just got a 55 gallon tank for free from Freecycle. (It has a leak but I'm fixing it.) In the meantime, what do you guys think I should put in it? I was thinking some types of cichlids, though I've never owned any before. What do you think would be a good stock for a beginner in that respect?

I've been reading the cichlid newbie thread ( ) but I just wanted some fun suggestions from you guys.

I was also thinking of trying some live plants, so plants that are the most compatible with your fish suggestions would be fantastic.

Thanks a lot!
 

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Are you interested in New World or African cichlids?

You can also check out cichlid-forum.com. Since there are so many cichlid species, that would help you narrow it down. We could help you with your stocking from there.

I hope this helps.
 
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Thanks a lot. Two species I'm interested in are angelfish and convicts. I've heard that both of these species can be really aggressive, though, but I want to be able to put other fish in the tank too. Like corys and a dragon goby, maybe a few silver dollars? (My mother-in-law was the inspiration for that combo, in her 55 she has some silver dollars and an angelfish that behave beautifully together.)
 

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hi Im OThogg Im new to this site and I also have cichlids in my tank I wouldnt recomend too many plants they will tear them apart good luck with your tank
 

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Convicts don't play well with others. They require very tough tankmates.

Angels would be great in a 55 gallon. The silver dollars and corys would do well with them. If you choose this stocking, add the angels last. They're a wee bit territorial, but seem to do well when added last. Two angels would be the most angels I'd put in the tank, though.

I believe dragon goby's are brackish fish.
 
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Thanks for the advice. I think I'll stick with the angels and silver dollars.

One more question; I dont have the money to afford the filter/heater/etc for the tank yet, but can I go ahead and start cycling it anyway? Or do I need a filter to get that going? When I cycled my other 2 tanks I had the filter running so I wasn't sure.
 

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bolivianbaby said:
Convicts don't play well with others. They require very tough tankmates.

Angels would be great in a 55 gallon. The silver dollars and corys would do well with them. If you choose this stocking, add the angels last. They're a wee bit territorial, but seem to do well when added last. Two angels would be the most angels I'd put in the tank, though.

I believe dragon goby's are brackish fish.
Yes they are. If your LFS tries to say differently, trust me, they are just trying to make a sale.

mishykinz said:
Thanks for the advice. I think I'll stick with the angels and silver dollars.

One more question; I dont have the money to afford the filter/heater/etc for the tank yet, but can I go ahead and start cycling it anyway? Or do I need a filter to get that going? When I cycled my other 2 tanks I had the filter running so I wasn't sure.
A filter (or at least a powerhead) is needed IMO because the water will become stagnant and nasty otherwise. Hehe, I have some tanks sitting with old water that I haven't torn down yet after starting the fishroom, and the entire room smells gross.
A heater will likely speed your cycling process; however, it is not needed to get the proverbial ball rolling. You can start your cycle anytime as long as you're moving water, IMO.

Good luck with your new tank!
 

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get a silver arowana, 4."
plan to buy a 300 gallon tank.
join me in the arowana section of this site.
 

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If I were you I would 100% ignore the advise above, sorry dude.

If you are having trouble with buying a filter , heater, etc (as many people are) don't get your hopes set on a fish that needs a large tank and everything to go along with that tank.


Brian
 

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Good advice from everyone above except for leeishom. I agree with Brian on that one. If you struggle to get the equipment you need for the tank you have now you don't want to be considering a fish that need tanks & equipment that would cost thousands.
 

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angels and silver dollars sound like a great tank they are truely magestic fish for sure
leeishom said:
get a silver arowana, 4."
plan to buy a 300 gallon tank.
join me in the arowana section of this site.
recommending something like that for a new cichlid fish keeper, isnt something thats very helpful....if they cant get a filter yet as finances dont allow, what makes you think a 300g tank is in their future?
 
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Thanks again everyone. I definitely will NOT be looking into an arowana...not only am I short on extra spending money at the moment, but I already have 2 other tanks occupying a lot of space (it was a struggle to find a spot for this new 55 gallon!)...I definitely don't want to maintain a 300 gallon. I'd probably have to knock out a wall in my house to make room for that monster!

So, I'm thinking 2 angelfish, 2-3 silver dollars, and a little school of corys, 5-6 of those. Any other suggestions or is anything else going to overcrowd? I was thinking one of those little spotted african leaf fish too, I think they're adorable.
 

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You DO need a filter to cycle your tank, because otherwise there is nothing for the beneficial bacteria to grow on. The gravel probably won't hold nearly enough. Good luck with your fish!
 
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