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Old 12-18-2008, 02:43 PM   #1
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Got a new 55g tank. Need idea stocking it and decorating. Do not want live plants. Was thinking of tiger barbs? maybe not sure? Or Jack Dempsys they seem neat little buggers....Well ideas and help and suggestions : i new here too
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:33 PM   #2
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1. Welcome to the sight!!!

2. No Jack Dempsy. You might be able to keep 1 in a 55g tank. But what fun would that be...

3. Dont forget about cycling your tank. If you skip it then your fish will be a ton harder to keep healthy and you will most likely end up with some dead ones.

4. If i were in your shoes then i would probably get then i would probably get 2 schools of barbs. How about this little list:
8 tiger barbs
8 green barbs
1 rainbow shark (normal or albino)
1 BN pleco
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:37 PM   #3
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Why the shark and Pleco? And do i need fake plants at all in tank? I was planning driftwood and large river rocks....and yes i will cycle it. Was reading the fishless method and using pure amonia. figure on about 4 weeks to cycle? and substrate.....any ideas? how hard is sand to deal with?

i was going to use a hang on back filter rated to 110g should be enough? and some airstones...
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:55 PM   #4
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Just thought about the shark because it could add alittle color to your ank and it would be an ok fish to put with barbs. The pleco because it would help with your tank and keeping it clean. No you dont need fake plants. Drift wood and river rocks is fine as long as you clean them. Cycling can differ on time. Some times it goes quick and other times it takes a while. For substrate gravel and sand will both work. Pool sand is great just make sure you rinse it. Yes that filter would be great for the tank. And the air stones would be nice too. Your getting a heater right? Oh and with that good of a filter you could add up your stocking list. Hows this:
10 tiger barbs
10 green barbs
1 rainbow shark
1 BN pleco
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Old 12-18-2008, 04:03 PM   #5
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i think that would be pretty. Yes a heater will be purchased. I was thinking maybe 10 tigers and xClown Loachs? think it would be pretty black sand dark rock and driftwood then a black background.
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Wouldnt go with clown loaches they grow to be over a foot. How about the Dario Botia Loach they grow to about 6".
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oh and they look alot like clown loaches
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never heard of those....
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Old 12-18-2008, 04:42 PM   #9
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Old 12-18-2008, 04:46 PM   #10
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