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Old 06-10-2016, 05:36 PM   #1
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55 Gal. Stocking

Hey guys, what's up?! I've been on this forum for a while, but haven't posted in a little bit...😁. So anyways, I'm considering setting up a 55 gallon tank and I'm trying to plan out my stocking right now.

So, after some extensive reading, I've come up with a very general stocking idea, meaning I know the type of fish I want but I'm not sure about the species.

Therefore, two questions:
-Will this stocking list work in a 55 gal
-What specific species should I get (especially interested in your advice on the centerpiece cichlid)

-1 school of Corydoras (probably Schultz's or Sterbai)
-1 sucker mouth catfish (between 6-8"; need suggestions on this one)
-1 or two schools of smaller shoaling fish (tetras possibly)
-1 large centerpiece fish (preferably a larger cichlid; also need suggestions on this one)

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Old 06-11-2016, 12:28 AM   #2
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So basically, would the school of tetras (or 2) be compatible with a large SA cichlid?


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Assuming a relatively non-aggressive cichlid, it depends on size. If you think the tetra is small enough to fit in the cichlid's mouth, it probably is, and he may well try to eat the tetras. What kind of cichlid did you have in mind?
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Maybe a larger cichlid like an Acara, Severum, or Terro because I didn't think something like a Jack Dempesey would work. Also, if the tetras wouldn't work, what other recommendations do you have. Thanks!


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Maybe a larger cichlid like an Acara, Severum, or Terro because I didn't think something like a Jack Dempesey would work. Also, if the tetras wouldn't work, what other recommendations do you have. Thanks!
Yeah, a Jack would say "Thanks for the snacks, pal!"

I'm not familiar with Acaras or Terros, but a single Severum should do fine, especially if you go with larger tetras, such as Bleeding Hearts
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Ok, severums look pretty cool from what I've seen. Do you know if Acaras or Terrors would be even possible? Is there another larger shoaling fish I could use?

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Terrors, green or red won't work. Acaras may, severums may but even this isn't guaranteed, my last sev was a jerk.

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So if I wanted to get one of those larger cichlids, how would I have to change my stocking list? So, what would be a stocking list that I could build around a larger cichlid?


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Terrors, green or red won't work. Acaras may, severums may but even this isn't guaranteed, my last sev was a jerk.

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Yeah, like bettas, it really comes down to the personality of the individual fish. I was suggesting Sevs because I've read they're generally peaceful.
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So what tank mates do you recommend for a Severum?


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