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Old 07-13-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Biggest Fish For A 55g

I have a 55 gallon with a pair of Ocellaris clowns and a school of chromis (3) and a couple of coral frags. I would like a tank with different kind of fish sizes. I was wondering, what would be the most biggest fish you could place in a 55g?
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The biggest fish (that could live in a 55 gallon) i think would be the Marine betta at about 7-9".. Not sure about its max size

I have a 55 too, thinking about ordering one.
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Depends on the 55 but I assume you have a 4 foot long one. Safest bet would be a fox face LO or one spot as they are tough. A tomini, bristletooth or kole tang could also handle it but they are much more sensitive so keeping the water pristine is a must. You must also provide the fish with nice open swimming lanes from end to end as they are all active swimmers. Some people may get bent out of shape by me having given that advice to which I say- a four foot tank is a four foot tank, as long as its set up to keep the fish happy and the water is kept clean. All the fish I recommended are good in a 75g which is the same length and height as a 55g it's just deeper which is where the care of placing rocks to provide winning lanes comes into play.
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An engineer goby is a long fish, I also think you could put a snowflake eel also but Personally I would want to rehome a full grown one.
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Thanks for the replies guys. Yeah there are fish that I would like to add but they prefer 70gallons. Always wondered if it would be okay in a 55gal since they're both 4' long.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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Depends on the 55 but I assume you have a 4 foot long one. Safest bet would be a fox face LO or one spot as they are tough. A tomini, bristletooth or kole tang could also handle it but they are much more sensitive so keeping the water pristine is a must. You must also provide the fish with nice open swimming lanes from end to end as they are all active swimmers. Some people may get bent out of shape by me having given that advice to which I say- a four foot tank is a four foot tank, as long as its set up to keep the fish happy and the water is kept clean. All the fish I recommended are good in a 75g which is the same length and height as a 55g it's just deeper which is where the care of placing rocks to provide winning lanes comes into play.
I totally agree with you. 4' is 4' it's just the width and stuff that are different. Yeah I'm planning on only placing the rocks in the middle of the tank so that there is plenty of swimming space for the fishes.
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Snowflake morays are an option but they might snack on your clowns.
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Depends on the 55 but I assume you have a 4 foot long one. Safest bet would be a fox face LO or one spot as they are tough. A tomini, bristletooth or kole tang could also handle it but they are much more sensitive so keeping the water pristine is a must. You must also provide the fish with nice open swimming lanes from end to end as they are all active swimmers. Some people may get bent out of shape by me having given that advice to which I say- a four foot tank is a four foot tank, as long as its set up to keep the fish happy and the water is kept clean. All the fish I recommended are good in a 75g which is the same length and height as a 55g it's just deeper which is where the care of placing rocks to provide winning lanes comes into play.
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I totally agree with you. 4' is 4' it's just the width and stuff that are different. Yeah I'm planning on only placing the rocks in the middle of the tank so that there is plenty of swimming space for the fishes.
No tang belongs in a 55G IMO.
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No tang belongs in a 55G IMO.
Would you say the same about a 75g?
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Yes. I'd do a kole, maybe tomini in a 90 though. They need to be able to do laps. Not just back and forth. JMO.
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