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Old 03-07-2019, 06:09 PM   #1
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55 gallon stocking plan

I am planning the stocking of my new 55 gallon (once It finishes cycling). It will be a joint effort with my kids.

Here is what we have so far

10 or so cardinal or neon tetras
10 or so celestial pearl danios
1 Platy (son loves the Mickey Mouse ones)
1-2 Bristlenose pleco

I think I should still have quite a bit of space but Iím not too sure of what else to add. Any ideas?

I know the kids would love some ghost shrimp or some other type
Personally I used to keep rams and other Cichlids but they will not be compatible with what the kids want.
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25 tetra
25 CPD's
A handfull of platys (they will reproduce) or stick with 1...

1 plec, or instead go with 5-10 oto cats.
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I'll add that Cardinals have fuller color than neons and seem to be hardier.

My vote is to scrap the pleco and add Cory cats. You can also add otos as Z pointed out if you begin to have an algae problem.
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55 gallon stocking plan

Thanks I like the idea of the Cory cats and/or oto from experience I know I need to wait a while for the otos until the tank has been running for a while

Personally donít want to deal with platys reproducing thatís why I thought only one

So here is what the kids have agreed to (sure things will change by the time we are ready to stock)

15 CPDs
15 cardinal tetra
The platy
5 +/- Cory cats

Maybe some guppies but also donít want to deal with breeding
Otos in the future

They also want a centrepiece fish or 2 not sure what would work well with the smaller fish
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5 +/- Cory cats

Otos in the future

They also want a centrepiece fish or 2 not sure what would work well with the smaller fish
Bump Cory cats to 10 if you want.

Gourami, appisto, angelfish (maybe not with small fish) rainbowfish
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I personally do not like the concept of centerpiece fish. Virtually all fish live in schools or shoals, rarely as one alone. I think fish are much happier and healthier in groups. If you don't want platy babies, get all males or get some other attractive egg layers.
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A couple of dwarf south American Cichlids wouldn't be a bad idea.
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A couple of dwarf south American Cichlids wouldn't be a bad idea.


Thatís what I really wanted but Iím concerned theyíre not compatible with the tetras and the danios.
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Idk why they wouldn't be. For a dwarf Cichlid to eat your fish they'd have to be starving. I keep angelfish and firemouth cichlids with Tetras. Add your cichlids last to the tank and as juveniles. Let them grow up around your schooling fish. IMO this makes a big difference in temperament.
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Thanks for the info I used to keep Bolivian and German Rams, dwarf cockatoos and apistos for years. I had been warned then not to mix then with any small fish.

I was also thinking of maybe 4Ė6 Boesemani Rainbows those we also some of my favourites.
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